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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

Palmer named OSU-COM Student Doctor of the Year


Fourth-year medical student Tiffany Palmer has been selected as the OSU-COM 2013 Student Doctor of the Year. She was selected for the honor by fellow OSU medical students and faculty members for her level of service and professionalism.

As a student at OSU-COM, Palmer earned best oral medical presentation at the 2013 OSU in Tulsa Research Day. This semester, she was awarded the Grogg Student Osteopathic International Medicine Scholarship. Each month since 2010, she volunteers at the Bedlam Clinic to provide medical services to uninsured patients. She also participated in a global health outreach trip to Nicaragua and has trips planned to Nicaragua, Guatemala and Uganda.

She will compete with recipients from the nation’s osteopathic medical schools for the National SDOY Award. The finalist receives a monetary award and recognition at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine annual meeting in April. The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents, a part of the AACOM and the official national representative voting voice for osteopathic medical students, sponsors the award.

The award recognizes the overall achievements of outstanding student doctors from osteopathic schools and emphasizes service rather than academic performance. It honors a medical student who has displayed commitment to school, community and the osteopathic profession.  

Allen makes final trip to Sri Lanka for new forensic program

Sri Lankan forensic scientists Piyanka De Silva, Rasika Perera and Samara Jeewa Bandara train at OSU-CHS for DNA analysis.
Sri Lankan forensic scientists Piyanka De Silva (right), Rasika Perera and Samara Jeewa Bandara train at OSU-CHS for DNA analysis.

Robert Allen, Ph.D., chair of the OSU-CHS School of Forensic Sciences, will travel next week to visit the new laboratory complex at the Ministry of Justice Government Analyst’s Department in Battaramulla, Sri Lanka.

OSU-CHS has trained six scientists in preparation of launching the first forensic DNA program in the island nation. The program, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice, the Sri Lanka government and OSU-CHS, introduced the forensic DNA analysis program in Sri Lanka, where more than 20 million people live.

During Allen’s visit, the laboratory will officially begin accepting cases. Technology at the laboratory will help investigate the 7,000 homicides and 200 sexual assaults that occur in the country every year. Allen will present a decal of Forensic Pete to the staff in Sri Lanka in recognition of the university’s involvement with the program.

Knight honored for 20 years as EMT


David Knight, rural simulation specialist in clinical education, was recently recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Board of Directors for achieving 20 consecutive years as a nationally registered emergency medical technician.

To maintain status as a registered EMT, Knight completed biennial recertification programs and attended additional continuing education courses to improve his knowledge and skills.

Knight was nationally registered as an EMT in 1993 and advanced to paramedic certification in 1995. He has served in Tulsa and Rogers County.

25 Years of OSU Medicine

25 years of OSU Medicine

When the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery joined Oklahoma State University in 1988, the merger ushered in a new era for medical education in Oklahoma. Through programs like Med-Xtravaganza, the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is recruiting and training the next generation of physicians for rural and underserved Oklahoma. These future physicians will practice in communities across our state, ensuring a brighter, healthier future for all Oklahomans.

Visit the OSU-CHS website to view photos from the OSU-COM 25th Anniversary Celebration and a slideshow of historical photos.

Celebrate the season at the SAC Holiday Party

OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa staff and faculty can celebrate the holiday season at the OSU in Tulsa Staff Advisory Council Winter Holiday Party on Friday, Dec. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the OSU-Tulsa Main Hall Commons. OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O., and OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett will share a holiday greeting at noon.

OSU in Tulsa SAC will provide a complimentary lunch from Baxter’s Interurban Grill. Departments are asked to donate a basket for door prizes by Wednesday, Dec. 18. Attendees will vote for the best basket. During the party, SAC will be collecting canned food, hats, underwear, gloves and socks for a local organization.

To donate a basket or for more information about the SAC Winter Holiday Party, contact RD Bell at rd.bell@okstate.edu or 918-594-8136.