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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012

OSU-CHS Partnership with FFA could be key to solving rural health care shortage

ShrumWith the state of Oklahoma facing a crisis in the number of physicians practicing in the state, especially in rural areas, OSU Center for Health Sciences is taking a unique approach to identify and mentor high school students interested in filling that void. 

Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSU-CHS provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, spent the past year working with OSU-CHS faculty and staff to establish connections with Future Farmers of America programs at high schools across the state. With 24,000 active members across Oklahoma, FFA represents many of the future leaders of rural Oklahoma.

"It may sound strange, looking to the FFA for potential medical students. Despite the name, FFA is about more than agriculture. It's about leadership, commitment, integrity and hard work. It's also about preserving and promoting a rural lifestyle," Shrum writes in an editorial published in newspapers across the state. "Similarly, the OSU-CHS mission is about more than medicine. It's about service to mankind and community. From that perspective, this is a perfect fit with FFA and the values it promotes in students."

In addition to promoting OSU-COM to FFA students across the state, Shrum also made a presentation at the State FFA Convention in Oklahoma City in May to encourage students to consider a career in medicine.

Read Shrum's entire editorial at the OSU-CHS website.

Komen Race for the Cure coming to downtown Tulsa Sept. 15

Komen for the Cure LogoThousands of women, men and children will join together in downtown Tulsa next week in a race to the finish line to help fight breast cancer in the Susan G. Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure.

A timed and untimed 5K Run and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at ONEOK Field. OSU-Tulsa will provide free parking to participants.

Dr. Regina Lewis, clinical assistant professor at OSU Center for Health Sciences, has formed a team for OSU in Tulsa, Cowboys for the Cure. To join, visit the team page.

The Komen Race for the Cure Series is the largest 5K series in the world. Online registration is now open for the 2012 Race. Visit komentulsa.org for race information.

OSU Energy Education

Going GreenOnly use it if you need it. Campus buildings are equipped with electronic door openers designed for individuals with disabilities or limited range of motion. When these electronic door openers are used by individuals without a need, the mechanics of the door opener are used needlessly, electricity to power the door is wasted and climate-controlled air from inside escapes while the doors are open, which results in increased heating and cooling costs.

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