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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, March 5, 2015

OSU-CHS announces new provost, COO and associate deans

Clockwise, from upper left: Pettit, Stephens, Smith and Dyer
Clockwise, from upper left: Pettit, Stephens, Smith and Dyer

OSU-CHS Sciences President Kayse Shrum, D.O., has announced several changes to her executive leadership team. William Pettit, D.O., will be promoted to provost of OSU Center for Health Sciences and senior associate dean of academic affairs for OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Johnny Stephens, Pharm.D., will be promoted to Chief Operating Officer, Robin Dyer, D.O., will serve as associate dean for academic affairs, and Kent Smith, Ph.D., will be associate dean for the Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science.

The new appointments are expected to be approved by the OSU/A&M Board of Regents on Friday.

Pettit, a graduate of the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des, Moines, Iowa, has previously served as interim senior associate dean and associate dean of rural health. He oversaw the OSU Center for Rural Health and was a leader in developing OSU-COM’s rural medical track. He has worked closely with hospital and clinic leaders across the state to develop medical residency programs in rural communities.

Stephens has served as interim Chief Operating Officer and interim vice president for research since July and will continue to serve as interim vice president. Prior to stepping into his executive role, Stephens was the assistant dean of sponsored programs at OSU-CHS, supervising clinical trials and the OSU Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine. He also served as associate professor of internal medicine and ran the OSU Physicians Internal Medicine – Specialty Services clinic.

A graduate of OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dyer joined the faculty as a part time adjunct instructor in 1994, the same year she was honored as Rookie Physician of the Year by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association. She accepted a full time faculty position with OSU-COM in 2006 and became head of the osteopathic manipulative medicine department in 2009. Prior to joining the faculty full time, Dyer maintained a private practice in Tulsa, specializing in osteopathic manipulative medicine and family practice.

A member of the Comanche, Chickasaw and Cherokee Nations, Smith established the Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science and became interim associate dean in 2014 as part of an effort to recruit more American Indians into medical and STEM careers. The founder of Native Explorers, an OSU-CHS program that combines science with cultural experiences and mentorship opportunities, Smith is passionate about new learning opportunities for American Indians and creating stronger pathways to medicine and science for tribal members.

OSU-CHS medical students to host ‘Spring into Health Fair’

OSU-CHS will offer a community health fair on Wednesday, March 11 from 9-11 a.m. at The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, 815 S. Utica Ave.

The ‘Spring into Health Fair’ will be free and open to the public. More than 100 second-year medical students will provide a variety of services, including blood pressure and cholesterol education, smoking cessation information, diabetes education, exercise and nutrition tips and more.

The health fair is a service-learning component of the OSU-COM’s Developing the Physician course aimed at helping medical students develop the skills and motivation necessary to become successful and compassionate physicians. For more information, contact Lesley VanVolkinburg.

College Med-Xtravaganza demonstrates medical school options

Justin Haning, MSII, right, shows Danni Gardner how to tie a suture during Med-Xtravaganza.
Justin Haning, MSII, right, shows Danni Gardner how to tie a suture during Med-Xtravaganza.

OSU-COM is on the list of medical school possibilities for many college students because of its quality and emphasis on community service.

The ‘family atmosphere’ described by medical students at Friday’s Med-Xtravaganza at OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa was the proverbial icing on the cake.

“I was impressed with the school,” said Skila Williams, a Med-X participant from Broken Arrow. “I learned so much and the medical students answered all the questions that I had.”

More than 160 college students from across the state attended Med-Xtravanza, which offers the opportunity to experience what it is like to be in medical school and learn what the OSU-COM program has to offer.

To read the full story about Med-Xtravaganza, visit the OSU-CHS website.

OSU-CHS to offer monthly Basic Life Support class

OSU-CHS will host a monthly American Heart Association Basic Life Support course for health care providers.

The course will be on the third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in D-109 at the OSU-CHS campus, 1111 West 17th St.

The class fee is $30 or $20 for OSU employees and students with a valid school identification card. Training will include cardiopulmonary resuscitation for infants, children and adults and the use of automated external defibrillators. Participants will conduct skills testing and complete a multiple choice written exam to obtain certification. The credential card is valid for two years.

Participants may park in Lots A and B and must check in at OSU-CHS Security.  For more information or to register for the course, call 918-625-8592.