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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Summer camp invites high school students to explore life as a medical student

Operation OrangeOklahoma high school students will have the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a medical student at summer camps offered across the state in June by the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Operation Orange, OSU's medical summer camp, offers high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to interact one-on-one with current OSU medical students and participate in hands-on demonstrations. The one-day camps are scheduled for June 4 at Cameron University in Lawton, June 11 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid, June 12 at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and June 13 at East Central University in Ada.

The camps are free and open to Oklahoma high school students. To reserve a spot at one of the camps, visit the Operation Orange registration page. For more information, email Maghin Abernathy, admissions and recruitment coordinator at OSU-CHS, or call 918-561-8277.

OOA recognizes OSU-CHS faculty, alumni

The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association honored OSU Center for Health Sciences faculty and alumni during the organization's annual awards banquet at the 113th Annual Convention on April 20 in Norman.

William J. Pettit, D.O., interim senior associate dean of academic affairs and associate dean of rural health at OSU-CHS, was honored with the Outstanding and Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding leadership and guidance within the profession and for his dedication to promoting osteopathic medicine education.

Robin R. Dyer, D.O., was awarded the A.T. Still Award of Excellence for her continued dedication to the osteopathic profession by preserving the teachings and philosophy of osteopathic medicine. Dyer heads the department of osteopathic manipulative medicine at OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Rookie Physician of the Year Awards were presented to OSU-COM alumni Nicole M. Willis, D.O., Zachary A. Fowler, D.O., and Scott Shepherd, D.O. Willis, who graduated from OSU-COM in '09, is certified in pediatrics and practices at the Little Axe Health Center in Shawnee. Fowler, also an '09 alumnus, is a family practice physician in Tulsa. Shepherd, an '08 OSU-COM graduate, currently works for St. John Medical Center in internal medicine and pediatrics.

OSU-CHS hosts U.S. Department of Homeland Security workshop

Homeland Security Workshop ParticipantsOSU Center for Health Sciences hosted a Multi-Jurisdiction Improvised Explosive Device Security Planning Workshop on April 18 to facilitate training for first responders and bomb technicians in Tulsa.

The workshop was facilitated by the Office of Bombing Prevention, which leads the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's efforts develop tools to improve preparedness for bombing threats across the nation.

The Tulsa Police Department Bomb Squad Unit, TPD Disaster Area Response Team, TPD Special Operations Team, Broken Arrow Police Department and Tulsa Fire Department participated in the day-long training session. Representatives of the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency, faculty from the Center for Improvised Explosives Research and Training at OSU-CHS, representatives from OSU-Tulsa University Police and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations also attended the workshop.

The workshop provided participants with an opportunity to evaluate responses to incidents where small arms weapons and improved explosion devices are used.

OSU-CHS partners with CAPSAT for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

OSU-CHS is partnering with the Coalition Against Prescription and Substance Abuse of Tulsa and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics to host a Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reasor's, 11005 E. 41st St.

Craig W. Stevens, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and chair of CAPSAT, said Tulsa County leads Oklahoma in deaths due to prescription drug overdose. Rates of prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

The service, held in conjunction with National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, is free and anonymous. Participants can drop off their expired and unused prescription drugs to be disposed of safely.