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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Residency Fair highlights graduate medical training options

Lee Ramos, D.O., an OB/GYN resident, checks on a mother and her newborn baby at OSU Medical Center.

Medical students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of graduate training programs in Oklahoma and other states during the Residency Fair on Friday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Founders Hall.

Representatives from OSU Physicians, OSU Medical Center, the University of Oklahoma and the Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma will introduce students to a wide variety of residency programs, including family medicine, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery and others.

Cancer Treatment Center of America, a new participant in the fair, will be recruiting for fellowships and residency position. Other Oklahoma hospitals attending the fair include St. Anthony, Integris Northwest and Integris Southwest.

Students can visit with representatives from Texas, Colorado, Missouri and Arkansas and various military programs. For more information about the fair, contact Barbara Newman at 918-561-8208.

Students to advocate for osteopathic medicine in Washington, D.C.

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OSU-COM students and representatives participate in the 2013 D.O. Day on Capitol Hill.

A group of 13 OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine students will meet with members of Congress to educate them about osteopathic medicine on Thursday, March 6 during D.O. Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The day-long event, organized by the American Osteopathic Association, includes legislative briefings and meetings with members of Congress and their staffers to discuss the distinction between osteopathic and allopathic medicine, payment reform and ways to expand the physician workforce.

D.O. Day on Capitol Hill gives OSU medical students an opportunity to share their passion for osteopathic medicine and be an advocate for their profession in the nation's capital.

Slick appointed vice chair of national medical examiners board


Gary Slick, D.O., chief academic officer of the Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma and professor of internal medicine at OSU-CHS, was recently appointed vice chair of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.

Slick has served the NBOME in numerous capacities since 1978, including item writer in physiology for Level 1 and item writer in internal medicine for Level 2 and 3, Test Construction Committee member in interdisciplinary medicine and final reviewer of COMLEX-USA Level 1 examinations.

Elected to NBOME's Executive Committee in 2010, Slick chaired the COMAT Advisory Committee. He serves as the first chair for COMAT-Internal Medicine and chair of the Standards and Assurances Committee. He has been a NBOME Board member since 2005. NBOME is the leading assessment organization for the osteopathic medical profession.

Alexopulos reappointed to Oklahoma State Board of Health


Gov. Mary Fallin recently announced the reappointment of Jenny Alexopulos, D.O., director of medical education at OSU Medical Center, to a nine-year term on the Oklahoma State Board of Health.

The nine-member Oklahoma State Board of Health oversees the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Alexopulos represents Ottawa, Delaware, Craig, Mayes, Nowata, Rogers, Washington, Tulsa, Pawnee and Osage counties.

In addition to her duties at OSU Medical Center, Alexopulos is medical director of OSU Physicians and a family medicine professor at OSU-CHS. She currently serves on the Tulsa City-County Board of Health, is a delegate of the Oklahoma State Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, vice president of the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust and co-chair of the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan.

Chemical engineer professor to discuss 3D tissue models at seminar


Bioengineer researcher Heather Gappa-Fahlenkamp, Ph.D., will discuss her research on 3D tissue models during the Fourth Friday Seminar on Feb. 28 at noon in D-007.

An associate professor of chemical engineering at OSU, Gappa-Fahlenkamp will present "The Use of Advanced 3D Tissue Models for Studying Human Tissue Physiology and Pathophysiology." The lecture will focus on the basic concepts of tissue engineering and how models can be used to study immune cell trafficking and differentiation.

Gappa-Fahlenkamp leads a research group designing and testing 3D in vitro human tissue models, drug delivery systems and tissue model scaffolds in the Laboratory of Tissue and Engineering at the Advanced Technology Research Center at OSU-Stillwater. The team is in the process of testing disease models that focus on the vascular system.