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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

First-year medical students meet senior mentors at luncheon

First-year medical students Brittany Bolt and Ben Chong meet with their senior mentor, Williams.
First-year medical students Brittany Bolt and Ben Chong meet with their senior mentor, Gay Williams.

The OSU-CHS Senior Mentor Program began on Tuesday with an orientation session for mentors and luncheon with first-year medical students.

The program pairs volunteers age 65 and older with two medical students for a series of interactions that will emulate the development of a doctor-patient relationship. This is the second year the program has been part of the OSU-COM curriculum.

The luncheon was provided by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Foundation and PLICO. A second orientation session and luncheon is scheduled for mentors and students on Sept. 2.

OSU-CHS students present at international research conference

Branden Carr, Matt Vassar, Joshua Day and Matthew Holzmann at the Cochrane Canada Symposium.
Branden Carr, Matt Vassar, Joshua Day and Matthew Holzmann at the Cochrane Canada Symposium.

Three OSU-CHS students recently presented research on evidence-based health care at an international conference in Ottawa, Canada. Second-year medical students and biomedical sciences master’s degree candidates Joshua Day and Branden Carr and health care administration graduate Matthew Holzmann were among the presenters at the 11th annual Cochrane Canada Symposium.

Day’s presentation focused on publication bias in neuroimaging research, Carr examined primary study duplication in meta-analyses, and Holzmannn compared academic search engines retrieval process for systematic reviews.

The students worked with Matt Vassar, Ph.D., curriculum and outcomes assessment coordinator in the Office of Educational Development, on the research initiatives. Day and Carr were among the ten finalists for the student research poster presentation award.

Cochrane is a global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others responding to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research useful for making decisions about health.

Stephens presents lecture at Texas HIV-STD Conference


Johnny Stephens, Pharm.D., interim vice president for research and chief operating officer, presented a lecture on viral suppression at the 2014 Texas HIV/STD Conference in Austin on Aug. 20.

The session focused on viral suppression as a key health indicator in the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients, access and adherence to antiretroviral medications and treatment guidelines from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The three-day conference was aimed at increasing awareness of treatment and prevention programs for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Stephens is a member of Health Outreach Prevention Education (HOPE) board of directors, a nonprofit agency that provides HIV prevention and health promotion services in Tulsa, and has received numerous grants, honors and awards for his work with HIV and AIDS.

Seminar examines impact of climate, behavior on avian bones


OSU-CHS will host the chief curator of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History for a seminar examining the impact climate and behavior have on bird bones on Sept. 5 at noon in D107.

Laura E. Wilson, Ph.D., assistant professor of paleontology at the Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, will present the First Friday Seminar. She specialized in research on paleornithology and is currently researching the paleobiology and paleoecology of a group of flightless seabirds called hesperornithiforms. Wilson also teaches courses in paleobiology, vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology and historical geography.

The seminar, hosted by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, is free and open to the public. 

Future Physicians

Future Physicians

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine welcomed 115 first-year students during the White Coat Ceremony this fall. These talented students will learn how to practice medicine while serving the citizens of Oklahoma. The training at OSU Center for Health Sciences provides vital health care services for rural and underserved Oklahoma and prepares the next generation of physicians for our state.

Watch videos of the White Coat Ceremony introductions, cloaking and students taking the Oath of Commitment.