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Dr. Pete’s Big Event highlights orientation for first-year medical students

TULSA (Aug. 2, 2011) – New activities and community service projects highlight orientation Aug. 5 -11 for 96 first-year medical students at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“Dr. Pete’s Big Event” Saturday, Aug. 6, is a day of community service for the new medical students. Ten groups of students will volunteer for jobs such as interior painting, cleanup and other tasks for local non-profit agencies.

“OSU-COM medical students orientation this year is an entirely experiential event,” says Dana Livingston, director of student services. A white coat ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 7, marks the students’ transition into a professional setting. They will wear the coats that symbolize their profession as they take part in the orientation sessions.

“Students will be given a subject, for example carpal tunnel syndrome, and will learn more about it by using the medical library. Then, they can examine nerves and structure of the hand in the anatomy lab, and next, a physician explains how to treat it,” Livingston said. They also will participate in an ethics seminar, and discuss leadership and service.

Matt Vassar, Ph.D., OSU-CHS Educational Development curriculum and outcome assessments coordinator, designed the orientation.


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.