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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, Sept. 26, 2013

Faith in the storm

Stephanie Barnhart, D.O., stands in front of the tornado-damaged Moore Medical Center where she worked in the ER.

May 20 started as a quiet day for Stephanie Barnhart, D.O., who treated a few patients in the emergency room at the Moore Medical Center.

“We had televisions on at the nurses’ station and in my office tuned to weather reports,” says Barnhart, a 2005 graduate of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. “We knew a storm was coming, but we felt prepared and kept working on the patients we had in the ER.”

Television and radio stations were predicting an outbreak of severe weather. Moore had been under a tornado watch most of the day. Just before 3 p.m., a tornado touched down outside Newcastle, about 9 miles southwest of Moore. As it continued its path of destruction, the storm intensified into a monstrous EF-5, the most powerful category for tornadoes.

“At first we thought the storm was just going to pass us, but then I heard the weather forecasters issue a tornado emergency. I knew this situation was something different,” Barnhart says. “We saw on the news that the tornado had touched down, was getting larger and heading straight for us.”

Read the rest of Barnhart's account of the May 20 tornadoes from the fall 2013 issue of STATE Magazine on the OSU-CHS website.

OSU-CHS administrators co-chair the 57th AOA Annual Research Conference

 Goodson (left) and Grogg

OSU Center for Health Sciences administrators Leigh Goodson, Ph.D., and Stanley Grogg, D.O., are program chairs of the 57th American Osteopathic Association Annual Research Conference taking place next week in Las Vegas.

Goodson, vice president of research and institutional advancement, and Grogg, associate dean of clinical research, have organized more than 26 sessions and workshops for the research conference. The event is part of the Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition. The research conference provides a national forum for osteopathic physicians, scientific researchers, residents, interns and students who are involved in research.

Topics include practice-based research networking, tobacco addiction, osteopathic manipulative medicine, childhood obesity and HIV research. The sessions are integrated with the following AOA affiliates: American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians.

Students publish first journal article on volcano boarding injury

Cerro Negro, a volcano in Nicaragua, is a popular destination  for volcano boarding.
A boarder descends Cerro Negro, a volcano in Nicaragua and popular destination for volcano boarding.

Three OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine students recently published the first research article about injuries sustained in from a volcano surfing accident. The article was published in the September 2013 Journal of the American Academy of Osteopathy.

Tiffany Palmer, MS-IV, Ross Davidson, MS-III and John Cloud, MS-III, along with Tyler Cymet, D.O., and Kevin Marberry, M.D., wrote “Fracture as a result of volcano surfing” (page 15).

Volcano boarding is a relatively new extreme sport which has been banned in all countries except for Nicaragua. In the article, the authors highlight the extreme sport, present a case of an injured patient and explain their research about the injuries that may result. They compared the injuries to sports with similar risks including tobogganing, mountain biking and snowboarding.