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|Robin Dyer, D.O., awarded clinical research training fellowship to help develop evidence base for osteopathic medicine
Robin Dyer, D.O.
TULSA, Okla. — Robin Dyer, D.O., associate professor and chair of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, is among 14 physicians chosen for clinical research training through a fellowship from the Consortium for Collaborative Osteopathic Research Development - Practice Based Research Network.
The consortium is a part of the Osteopathic Research Center at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Dyer will be one of a network of trained physician researchers helping to develop an evidence base for osteopathic medicine.
CONCORD-PBRN trains physicians interested in conducting clinical research, but who do not have the training to accomplish the daily activities of clinical research. Dyer says it is the best of both worlds.
“In academia we teach. In clinical practice, we see patients.” Dyer said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to do both while training to be a research fellow.” Training takes place at extended weekend seminars.
The project will bolster trials in osteopathic medicine by increasing the number of research subjects. “Within five years there should be 5,000 subjects on which to collect data, ” Dyer said.
The Osteopathic Research Center is the only research center now conducting clinical studies large enough to potentially demonstrate definitive results. The network of trained physician researchers working with the ORC would increase the impact of clinical research on developing an evidence base for osteopathic medicine. For example, one major study will look at how osteopathic manipulative treatment is used in clinical practice to treat patients with chronic low back pain.
Fellows attend six seminars for a total of 162 hours of training at the ORC in Fort Worth. Dyer said between eight and 14 fellows will recruited each year for the next three years to develop the core group of 30 to 40 physician researchers for the PBRN.
In addition to the training, the PBRN fellows will work closely with the ORC for at least two years to collect data on patients with chronic low back pain. The ORC plans to conduct a site visit at each fellow’s practice location during the first year of data collection, and will guide fellows throughout the research and publication process.
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer eight graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates eight clinics, six in Tulsa, one in Enid and one in Muskogee. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.
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