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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

OSU-CHS to host rural health seminar for AOA Health Policy Fellows

American Osteopathic Association LogoOSU Center for Health Sciences will host the American Osteopathic Association Health Policy Fellows on Feb. 15-16 to discuss rural health care. Rural health experts will discuss legislative initiatives, education advancement, federal program advocacy and specific opportunities to promote primary care in the Oklahoma rural practice.

William Pettit, D.O., interim senior associate dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Duane Koehler, D.O., assistant to the dean for rural education, will lead the two-day seminar. Koehler was a member of the Health Policy Fellows Class of 2002-2003. This is the fourth year that the OSU Center for Rural Health has hosted the AOA Health Policy Fellows.

The seminar will include presentations from Kayse Shrum, D.O., provost of OSU-CHS and dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, James Hess, Ed.D., chief operating officer and vice president for healthcare administration, and faculty and staff from the OSU Center for Rural Health, including Pettit, Koehler, Jeff Hackler, Vicky Pace, Denna Wheeler, Ph.D., Chad Landgraf and Corie Kaiser.

The AOA Health Policy Fellows consists of 11 mid-career osteopathic physicians and executive-level health care professionals. Melissa Gastorf, D.O., a family practice physician in Durant and a 2002 OSU-COM graduate, and Ronald S. Stevens, D.O., D.D.S., an anesthesiologist in Muskogee and a 1983 OSU-COM graduate, are members of the current class.

During the year-long program, participants attend seminars that prepare them for leadership roles in the osteopathic profession and positions of influence in health policy. Each fellow receives an AOA certificate of graduation in September.

Registration open for OSU Health Care Conference

Registration is now open for the 2013 OSU Health Care Conference – Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare on Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

The conference will feature several state and national health care experts, including Jason Hwang, M.D., executive director of the Healthcare Innosight Institute; Ryan Hamilton, vice president of Genesis Development; Douglas Wood, M.D., director for strategy and policy at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation; Martin Harris, M.D., chief information officer and chairman of the information technology division at Cleveland Clinic; Ted Haynes, president of BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma; and Steve Mackin, president and chief executive officer of Center Treatment Centers of America's Southwestern Regional Medical Center.

The OSU Health Care Conference is presented by the OSU Center for Health Sciences and the Center for Executive and Professional Developing in the Spears School of Business in cooperation with the OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation.

To register for the conference, visit the Spears School of Business website. Cost to attend the conference is $275. For more information, call the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 405-744-5208.

OSU Class Rings available Feb. 18

OSU Class RingThe OSU Alumni Association will showcase the official OSU Class Ring on Monday, Feb. 18 from 3-7 p.m. in the North Hall Lobby at OSU-Tulsa.

The ring is available to alumni and graduating students. It was designed by a group of OSU students, alumni and administrators and is the only official ring recognized by the university.

Visit the alumni association's website for pricing information, photos and videos about the ring. For more information, call 405-744-1456.