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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

OSU-CHS researcher’s study featured on cover of national journal

Ching's Study
Winter 2014 AAO Journal cover

An OSU-CHS professor’s research is being featured on the cover of a national medical journal this month. Leslie M. Ching, D.O., clinical assistant professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine, and her study on the history of treating mental illness with osteopathic medicine is the cover story in the Winter 2014 edition of the American Academy of Osteopathy Journal.

The research is a comprehensive review of patient data from Still-Hildreth Sanatorium in Macon, Mo., the nation’s first osteopathic treatment center for psychiatric disorders. Ching’s study utilizes nearly 1,900 medical records of patients treated at the facility from the 1910s to the 1930s, as well as published materials and interviews with former staff members of the facility.

In her research, Ching compared medical charts and published data from the sanatorium against those of another psychiatric facility and discovered that patients at Still-Hildreth fared better in an era before psychotropic medications were available.

Martin named OSU-CHS Medical Library director


The Oklahoma State University/A&M Regents approved the promotion of Dohn Martin, MSLS, AHIP, to director of the OSU-CHS Medical Library at a meeting at OSU Institute of Technology last week. Martin has been serving as interim director following the retirement of Beth Freeman in December.

Martin joined the OSU Center for Health Sciences staff as associate director of the medical library in 2004. In his previous position, he was responsible for overseeing many of the day-to-day operations of the library.

 The OSU-CHS Medical Library provides information and services to students, faculty and staff and is a resource to osteopathic physicians throughout Oklahoma. As director, Martin will oversee all Medical Library operations and supervise the eight-member staff.

STATE Magazine: White Coat Society

The physician’s white coat is an evocative symbol in the medical community. They are presented to students as they begin medical school to symbolize their entrance into the profession.

“Physicians are commonly identified by the white coats they wear when visiting patients,” says Dr. Kayse Shrum, president of the OSU Center for Health Sciences. “It serves as a repository for information and a reminder of our commitment to the medical profession.”

The OSU Center for Health Sciences is giving donors the opportunity to be part of the white coat’s heritage by joining a new giving society at the Tulsa-based medical school. The White Coat Society has been established to honor those who have contributed to scholarships, programs and initiatives at OSU-CHS.

Read the full story from the Winter 2014 edition of STATE Magazine on the OSU-CHS website.

OSU OB/GYN to offer consultations at Tulsa Women's Living Expo

OSU Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology Department will offer free 3D ultrasound demonstrations and health screenings at the 2015 Tulsa Women’s Living Expo on Feb. 13-15 at Expo Square.

OSU physicians will be available to consult with women and expectant mothers at the Health Pavilion located at the southwest corner of the River Spirit Expo Center. The OSU Mobile TeleHealth Clinic and OSU Mobile Cardiology Unit will offer tours, free EKG screenings, blood pressure checks and information about heart health.

Joseph Johnson, D.O., clinical assistant professor and chair of the OSU Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, will participate in the “Ask a Doctor” event at noon on Saturday, Feb. 14. He will discuss new treatment options for endometriosis.

Expo hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7. For more information about the event, visit the Tulsa Women’s Expo website. 

‘Jurassic Park’ paleontologist to discuss dinosaur life during seminar


Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, who served as technical adviser for the Jurassic Park films and provided inspiration for one of the lead characters, Dr. Alan Grant, will discuss dinosaur growth and behavior at the First Friday Seminar at noon on Feb. 6.

During the presentation “Altricial or precocial dinosaurs: Morphologic observations vs. histologic analyses,” Horner will examine how paleontologists use fossilized skeletons to determine whether dinosaurs nested and cared for their young or if dinosaur babies left their nests after hatching.

A Regents Professor of Paleontology at Montana State University and curator of paleontology for the Museum of the Rockies, Horner holds honorary doctorates from the University of Montana and Pennsylvania State University. He is the author or co-author of eight books and 150 professional papers and articles on dinosaur evolution and ecology. Horner was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a “genius grant,” and has been the subject of magazine articles and television specials.

The seminar will be in D-107 and is free and open to the public.