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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, May 1, 2014

OSU, Mercy finalize agreement to manage OSU Medical Center

OSU Medical Center
Representatives from Mercy, OSUMA and OSU-CHS sign a management contract for OSU Medical Center. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are David Tew, Di Smalley and Jerry Hudson and in the back row are Wasim Patel, Kayse Shrum, D.O., and Diane Rafferty.

Mercy Health and OSU Medical Authority announced an agreement on Wednesday for Mercy to manage the OSU Medical Center. Last month, OSUMA formally selected Mercy as its management partner. In the intervening weeks, OSU and Mercy worked through operational details to finalize the management agreement.

“Mercy shares our commitment to provide primary care physicians to Oklahoma through our medical school and teaching hospital. The OSU Medical Center is the nation’s largest osteopathic teaching hospital and this agreement ensures that our medical students and residents will have an excellent facility and inspiring mentors and faculty to continue their medical education,” said Kayse Shrum, president and provost of OSU Center for Health Sciences. “That pipeline of primary care doctors is essential to Oklahoma’s well-being. This is a vital first step in building a long-term relationship with Mercy.”

The OSU Medical Center has a unique dual role to care for the medically underserved in the region and to serve as the teaching hospital for the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. The new agreement goes into effect today.  

President Shrum, students honored at OOA convention


The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association honored OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum and OSU-COM students during the organization’s 114th Annual Convention on April 24-27 in Norman.

Shrum received the Outstanding and Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her strong rural advocacy efforts in Oklahoma and dedication to preserving the principles and philosophies of osteopathic medicine at OSU-COM. She received the honor at the OOA awards banquet on April 26.

The Oklahoma Educational Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine awarded four OSU medical students with scholarships during the alumni luncheon. Third-year medical student Stephanie Harry and second-year medical students Amy Wilson, Summer Hill and Matthew Smith each received an OEFOM scholarship.

OSU-COM to host inaugural Alumni Weekend

The OSU-COM Class of 1977 visited campus for an alumni event.
The OSU-COM Class of 1977 visited campus for an alumni event.

Some familiar faces will be returning to campus this month as OSU-COM prepares to celebrate the inaugural Alumni Weekend on May 15-18. Organized by the OSU-COM Alumni Association, the weekend combines several traditional end-of-school year events with a special reception to help alumni reconnect, relax, continue their education and celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2014.

The weekend includes the Senior Breakfast, Awards Banquet, OSU-CHS Commencement, the 28th Annual Spring Fling Continuing Medical Education Conference and the Alumni Summer Golf Classic tournament.

OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum will present an update on the college during Spring Fling at noon on Friday, May 16 and the gavel will be passed to Duane Koehler, D.O., as the new alumni association president. Following the conference, a special reception will be hosted in Founders Hall at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit the Alumni Association website or contact Alumni Affairs.

OSU-CHS First Friday Seminar to examine dinosaur feeding


OSU-CHS will host evolutionary biologist and paleontologist Gregory Erickson, Ph.D., to discuss the evolution of dinosaur feeding during the First Friday Seminar tomorrow at noon in D-107. A professor at Florida State University, Erickson will present “Complex Dental Structure and Wear Biomechanics in Hadrosaurid Dinosaurs.”

Integrating the fossil record with sophisticated wear biomechanics, he will share his findings on the evolution and function of the six-tissue dental composition of duck-billed dinosaurs. Erickson studies the form, function and development of the muscular and skeletal systems of vertebrates. His current projects include determining the lifespan, growth rates and bite force of dinosaurs and crocodilians.

The seminar is open to the public and light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Paul Gignac, Ph.D.

Blue Coat to White Coat

Blue Coat to White Coat

OSU-CHS is partnering with the FFA for Blue Coat to White Coat, a program to identify and cultivate talented students interested in a career as a physician. FFA embraces many of the same values that make a successful physician: leadership, commitment, integrity and community service. By mentoring these outstanding students, OSU-CHS will bring more doctors to rural Oklahoma and ensure a brighter, healthier future for our state.

Several FFA members talk about how their involvement in the organization prepared them for medical school and give advice to other students considering becoming physicians in a video on the OSU-CHS website.