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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Operation Orange summer camps introduce students to medicine

Amanda Jantz, MS-III, teaches kids how to measure blood pressure during an Operation Orange camp in Lawton in 2013.
Amanda Jantz, MS-II, teaches kids how to measure blood pressure during an Operation Orange camp in Lawton in 2013.

Medical summer camps for high school students offered by OSU-CHS will officially kick off on Wednesday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.

Operation Orange will be offered at five locations across the state to help foster an interest in medicine in Oklahoma students. Camps will also be hosted at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford on June 6, W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah on June 10, University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond on June 11 and OSU-Stillwater on June 12.

OSU medical students will teach participants essential skills for being a physician, like understanding anatomy and suturing. Students will also participate in hands-on demonstrations like intubation and listening to a simulation of a heartbeat and respiratory sounds.

STATE: Helping Those Who Served

Amanda Jantz, MS-III, teaches kids how to measure blood pressure during an Operation Orange camp in Lawton in 2013.
Technicians Alex Barros, left, and Ryan Creek test the equipment in the hyperbaric chamber.

Paul Rock, D.O., Ph.D., has seen the difference hyperbaric oxygen therapy can make for combat veterans with mild to moderate brain injuries.

“The damage from brain injuries can be far more devastating than physical pain, affecting a person’s ability to think and concentrate, the amount of sleep they get and even the way they interact with family and friends,” Rock says. “We have seen clinical evidence through our research that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can improve cognitive functions and assist with healing in individuals with these types of injuries.”

A former flight surgeon and internist in the Army, Rock has spent more than 30 years researching the benefits of oxygen pressure changes on the human body. He recently led a research study on how hyperbaric oxygen therapy might help veterans with persistent symptoms from mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) at the OSU Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine, part of the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa.

Read more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy research in the spring 2014 edition of STATE magazine on the OSU-CHS website.

Shelter locations available in the event of severe weather

While severe weather season has been mild so far this year, it is important to remember that strong storms and tornados may still happen. In the event of severe weather, shelter locations are available on campus and at OSU Physicians clinic sites.

OSU-CHS rarely closes. Campus officials monitor weather conditions and take action accordingly when severe weather is indicated. In the event of a tornado warning, seek shelter in the following areas, unless otherwise directed:

• Medical Library – corridor adjacent to the library
   (the long hallway on the ground floor)
• Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research
– basement
• Dunlap Auditorium 
– ground
   floor hall
Houston Center – ground floor lobby, stairwells
   and bathrooms
Health Care Center – ground floor center corridor
   and exit stairwell
Physicians Office Building – ground floor lobby,
   stairwells and bathrooms
North Regional Health and Wellness Center 
   ground floor center corridor and exit stairwell
Eastgate – ground floor back corridor
CityPlex Towers – ground floor bathrooms and
   other rooms away from windows

Review the OSU-CHS guidelines for severe weather to determine the best action to take and get additional safety tips.

Roads near campus to close during circus animal walk

Parts of West 17th Street and Southwest Boulevard around the OSU-CHS campus will be closed early Friday morning and Sunday evening for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Animal Walk.

The Animal Walk, featuring elephants and horses, begins at 5:30 a.m. on Friday near campus and ends at the BOK Center. The Sunday night walk will be from the BOK Center to West 17th Street starting at 8 p.m.

Those visiting campus during the walk should avoid the intersection of West 17th Street and Southwest Boulevard. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to enter campus from the east along Jackson Avenue.