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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, April 10, 2014

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine ranked in Top 80 for primary care

Center for Health Sciences

The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine was recently ranked in the Top 80 medical schools in the nation for primary care training by U.S. News & World Report.

“OSU Center for Health Sciences’ mission is to train the next generation of primary care physicians to serve the citizens of our state,” said Dr. Kayse Shrum, OSU Center for Health Sciences president and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Our students really embrace that mission and devotion to patient care through medical school and carry it forward with their careers by choosing specialties in primary care.”

The most popular residency training programs for OSU-COM graduates include the primary care areas of family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on student Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores, GPA, acceptance rate, student-to-faculty ratio and the proportion of graduates who enter primary care specialties. Nearly 54 percent of OSU-COM’s alumni are practicing in a primary care field.

President Hargis to deliver opening address at OOA convention

OOA Convention Logo

OSU President Burns Hargis will kick off the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association’s 114th Annual Convention as the opening session speaker on Thursday, April 24 at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center. The convention, “DOCumentary Family Film Festival,” runs through Sunday, April 27.

The convention includes a variety of continuing medical education sessions featuring eight specialty tracks, including anesthesiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology and psychiatry, oncology, osteopathic manipulative medicine and pediatrics. On Saturday, April 26 at noon, there will be an update on the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Approval is pending for 30 1-A AOA credits and 30 CME credits from the AAFP. Students, interns and residents can attend for free. Early registration ends Thursday, April 17. For a complete schedule of events or to register, visit the OOA convention website.

OKSTARS program offers research internships for high school students

2013 OKStars interns tour the OSU-CHS campus during their orientation.
2013 OKSTARS interns tour the OSU-CHS campus during their orientation.

High school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to work alongside biomedical, forensic, human sciences and clinical researchers at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences through the Oklahoma Science Training and Research Students summer intern program.

OKSTARS, which runs June 16 to July 25, enables students interested in research careers to participate in cutting-edge studies and investigations using modern equipment to contribute to publications and presentations. Interns spend 20-25 hours per week at OSU-CHS during the program.

OKSTARS is open to high school juniors and seniors who have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher in a rigorous high school curriculum. A limited number of spots are open for the summer internship program. Students must complete an application, submit their high school transcript and complete several essay questions. The deadline to apply is May 26. For more information, visit the OSU-CHS website.

Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign events support OSU-CHS

The Cowboy Way: Supporting OSU

The OSU-CHS Faculty and Staff committee will host a pair of events this month as part of the OSU Foundation’s annual campaign, “The Cowboy Way, Supporting OSU.” The campaign is an opportunity for faculty and staff to help support student scholarships, programs and departments at OSU-CHS.

A Books Are Fun Book and Gift Fair is set for Thursday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Founders Hall. The fair will include a number of products ranging from children’s storybooks and New York Times bestsellers to educational products and music collections. Items will be offered at 30-70 percent off retail price.

The Globe-Trotting Cook-off will showcase the culinary talents of OSU-CHS’ best cooks on Friday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Founders Hall. Faculty and staff can enter favorite dishes into the contest or sign up to decorate a table. Prizes will be awarded for best American BBQ, Asian, Italian and Mexican dishes, as well as dessert and table décor. Get a taste of everything for a $5 or more donation. To sign up for the cook-off, email Jean Keene with the name and category of your dish.

Visit OSUgiving.com to make an online donation, download a pledge form or set up a payroll deduction. Faculty and staff can select a specific OSU-CHS fund to support with their donation. For more information about the campaign, contact an OSU-CHS committee member.

State resources for research efforts focus of Third Friday Seminar


Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Judith A. James, M.D., Ph.D., will discuss a state program available to assist with clinical and translational research as part of the Third Friday Seminar on Friday, April 18 at noon in D-107.

The OMRF Lou C. Kerr Chair in Biomedical Research, James will present, “The Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources: Research Infrastructure to Help Launch Junior Investigator Careers and Improve the Health of Oklahomans.”

The lecture focuses on ways researchers can utilize OSCTR, a partnership between the state’s academic research institutions, including OSU-CHS, health care organizations, American Indian tribes, the Oklahoma Department of Health, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Medical University of South Carolina. The program’s goal is to improve health and outcomes in medically underserved populations and to serve as catalyst for research efforts in Oklahoma.