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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

OSU Medicine students to take part in Osteopathic Medicine Day the state Capitol

Attendees at 2012 Osteopathic Medicine Day at the CapitolMedical students with the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine will meet with state legislators and governmental leaders during Osteopathic Medicine Day on March 6 to discuss health care issues and advocate for the osteopathic profession.

Approximately 30 OSU medical students will participate in the 39th annual event hosted by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.

Todd Thomas, OSM-II, and Jennifer Thomas, OMS-II, head the OSU-COM Political Action Committee, which helped organize the event with the OOA. Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSU-CHS provost and the dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, and William Pettit, D.O., associate dean of rural health, will join the students in their efforts.

Before meeting with legislators to advocate for osteopathic medicine, the medical students will meet with physician members of the OOA. LeRoy E. Young, D.O., OOA chair of Bureau on Legislation, will provide a briefing of current issues. Osteopathic Medicine Day begins with an official ceremony at 1:15 p.m. on the second floor of the Rotunda.

OSU-CHS to host AOOA board meeting

OSU Center for Health Sciences is hosting the Advocates for the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association board meeting today in the 4th Floor Conference Room in the Barson Building. Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSU-CHS provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Starla Cassani, founder of the Colby Foundation, will be the honored guests at the meeting, which runs until 1 p.m.

At 11:30 a.m., the group will meet in the east courtyard for the dedication of a plaque commemorating the sculpture, Affinity. The sculpture was donated to OSU-CHS by members of the AOOA in the 1980s. The meeting will also include a tour of campus and lunch with Shrum and Cassani.

The AOOA is an organization dedicated to promoting osteopathic medicine by supporting physicians, students, residents, families and affiliates of the profession.

Cassani Lectureship Series highlights impact of organ donation

Three speakers will present personal and professional information about the important of organ donation and transplantation during the annual Cassani Lectureship Series for first- and second-year medical students on Friday at 1 p.m. in Dunlap Auditorium. Lunch will be available for students prior to the start of the lecture.

Starla Cassani, co-founder of the Colby Foundation, will share the story of the loss of her infant son, Colby Cassani, and the decision to donate his organs. Starla and her husband, John Cassani, D.O., a family physician and 1980 graduate of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, founded the Colby Foundation to help promote the organ donation and share stories of the lives saved from a heartbreaking situation.

Stephanie Scott, R.N., organ recovery coordinator for LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma, will present transplantation donor and recipient information for physicians. Jo Ann Winn, executive director of the Sooner Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will share information about how organ transplantation can change the lives of people suffering from the disease.

OSU in Tulsa Health Fair offers health information, services

OSU in Tulsa faculty and staff at the health fair.OSU Center for Health Sciences students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to get helpful health and nutrition information at the Spring 2013 OSU in Tulsa Health Fair on March 7 from 2-5 p.m. in the OSU-Tulsa Main Hall Commons.

The OSU-Tulsa Health Clinic and OSU-Tulsa health and human performance students will provide health risk assessments and the OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center will offer fitness exams. Glaucoma exams will be available by OSU Physicians' ophthalmology department and audiology screenings will be provided by OSU-Tulsa's department of communication sciences and disorders.

In addition to a healthy cooking demonstration, light food and beverages will be provided. Participants can register to win door prizes. For more information about the OSU in Tulsa Health Fair, contact Jeremiah Watkins at jeremiah.watkins@okstate.edu.

Training for SpringerProtocols available from the OSU-CHS Medical Library

The OSU-CHS Medical Library will host a training webinar to provide helpful training information for SpringerProtocols on March 7 at 10 a.m. in E202. The webinar will provide an overview of SpringerProtocols content, features and platforms and will include live searches and demonstrations.

SpringerProtocols is the world's largest collection of biomedical and life sciences protocols with nearly 1,000 volumes of the Methods in Molecular Biology series.

For more information about the webinar, contact librarian Melissa Kash-Holley at melissa.kash-holley@okstate.edu.