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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Gov. Fallin serving as Honorary Chair for OSU in Tulsa ‘A Stately Affair’


Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will serve as the Honorary Chair for “A Stately Affair in Tulsa,” the biennial black-tie gala fundraiser set for OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa.

“During her time in office, Gov. Fallin has provided funding to stabilize OSU Medical Center, our teaching hospital, and recognized the value of our efforts to train physicians for rural and underserved areas of Oklahoma,” said OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O. “Her support showcases the impact OSU has throughout the state and will help raise funds to support students who are making Oklahoma a better place.”

A 1977 OSU graduate, Fallin was the first woman elected to Oklahoma’s highest office in 2012. She served in the Oklahoma House before being elected the first female Lieutenant Governor in 1995. She was re-elected to a second term as governor in 2014.

Fallin and the state legislature have provided $3.08 million in funding for rural residency training programs and additional funding for the OSU Medical Center to ensure the hospital will continue to thrive and provide an exceptional level of care for patients from across the state. As the former chairman of the National Governors Association, Gov. Fallin lead a nationwide initiative --"America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs" -- seeking to better align education with 21st century workforce needs.

“A Stately Affair in Tulsa,” which is set for May 18 at Southern Hills Country Club, will honor the 2015 Icons for OSU in Tulsa: Bryan Close, president of CloseBend, Inc., Peggy Helmerich, philanthropist, Bob Jones, former executive director of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, and Bishop Edward J. Slattery of the Catholic Dioceses of Tulsa.

Operation Orange camps take OSU medical school on the road

Kelsey Dalmont, OMS-II, shows high school students how to insert a breathing tube during a simulation at last year’s Operation Orange stop in Tahlequah.
Kelsey Dalmont, OMS-II, shows high school students how to insert a breathing tube during a simulation at last year’s Operation Orange stop in Tahlequah.

OSU-CHS is headed to five cities across the state in June for Operation Orange, OSU’s medical school summer camps for high school students.

Operation Orange will kick off at Northeastern A&M College in Miami on June 2 and continue on to Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford on June 5, East Central University in Ada on June 9, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater on June 10 and Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah on June 11.

Operation Orange participants experience a day in the life of a medical student by engaging in a variety of hands-on activities, such as testing suturing skills, practicing clinical skills by listening to a simulation of a patient’s heart and lungs and studying the anatomy of the human heart, lungs and brain.

DO Day on Capitol Hill a snowy trip for OSU-COM medical students

OSU-COM students meet with Dr. Robert Juhasz, president of the American Osteopathic Association, during DO Day on Capitol Hill last weekend.
OSU-COM students meet with Dr. Robert Juhasz, president of the American Osteopathic Association, during DO Day on Capitol Hill last weekend.

About 30 OSU-COM medical students were in Washington, D.C. last week to join students osteopathic medical students and physicians from across the nation for DO Day on Capitol Hill.

The event, hosted by the American Osteopathic Association, offered students the opportunity to discuss medical school and health policy issues with members of Congress and their staff.

While many meetings with lawmakers were canceled due to the wintry weather, students met to discuss legislation and policies such as student loan debt and loan forgiveness programs that would enable medical school graduates to pursue careers based on their interests rather than financial obligations.

Medical students receive SOMA Foundation diversity scholarships

Wright, left, and Gill.
Wright, left, and Gill.

Two OSU-CHS medical students have been awarded Student Osteopathic Medical Association Foundation Diversity in Medicine scholarships. Micah Wright, OMS-III, and Reagan Gill, OMS-II, received the awards, which recognize students who demonstrate awareness of how multiculturalism and diversity impacts medical education.

As a recipient of an Indian Health Service Scholarship, Wright, of Ponca City, will work at an Indian Health Services facility after graduation. He is committed to providing medical education and preventative health care for the American Indian population.

Gill, of Claremore, is dedicated to combatting the discrepancy between need and availability of medical resources for patients with gender dysphoria. As a volunteer at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in Tulsa, she plans to continue promoting understanding and equality in her career as a physician.

Smith named to National SOMA Board of Directors


Matthew Smith, OMS-III, of Ada, was appointed as Resolutions Director for the National Student Osteopathic Medicine Association’s board of directors during the organization’s spring convention in Washington, D.C. last Friday and Saturday.

As resolutions director, Smith will chair the Resolutions Reference Committee and is charged with overseeing the acceptance, revision and implementation of internal resolutions, as well as those to be submitted to the AOA House of Delegates.

The convention was scheduled in conjunction with D.O. Day on the Hill hosted last week by the American Osteopathic Association.

SOMA is the nation’s largest network of osteopathic medical students and is affiliated with the American Osteopathic Association. The purpose of the organization is to educate and prepare osteopathic leaders and advocates.

Exhibit examining biotechnology applications on display in Founders Hall

OSU-CHS Medical Library is hosting the exhibit, “From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry” from the National Library of Medicine through April 17.

It can be viewed in Founders Hall next to the Medical Library. The display explores the intersecting applications of medicine and biotechnology that result from new discoveries in microbiology and genetics.

For more information about the exhibit, contact the library circulation desk at 918-561-8449 or email Melissa Kash-Holley.