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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Work to begin on new OSU-CHS academic building, parking garage

Architectural rendering of the Medical Academic and Simulation Center
Architectural rendering of the Medical Academic and Simulation Center

Preliminary construction work will begin Monday to make way for the new Medical Academic and Simulation Center and an adjoining parking garage on the OSU-CHS campus.

Workers will place temporary fencing around the perimeter of the construction site. Access to the fenced off areas will be restricted to authorized construction personnel. A temporary access road to the construction site headquarters will be built on the north side of campus near the railroad tracks.

Phase I of the project includes the installation of a temporary parking lot on Lesion Field and a new parking lot by the west entrance to campus. Officials overseeing the project expect the parking lot installations to take approximately three months. Students, faculty and staff will continue to use existing parking during Phase I. The access road linking Lots A and B with 17th Street will be blocked until construction of the new lot is completed.

The four-story, 223,000-square-foot Medical Academic and Simulation Center will include a hospital simulation lab, with an emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, birthing suite and ambulance bay. Plans also call for expanded clinical skills labs, a new osteopathic manipulative medicine lab, classrooms, lecture hall, conference facilities and student study space.

The new building will be constructed on the northwest corner of campus. The five-story parking garage adjoining the facility will provide additional parking spaces once the project is completed.

OSU medical student elected to national student ACOFP post


Sherrita Polk, second-year medical student from Oklahoma City, has been elected secretary of the National Student Executive Board of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

She was elected at the 52nd Annual ACOFP Convention and Scientific Seminars in Las Vegas on Saturday.

As secretary of the five-member board, Polk will maintain complete rosters of all local Student Association of ACOFP chapters, present the ACOFP Board of Governors a quarterly summary of activities, prepare a quarterly report for submission to the ACOFP Journal and serve on a national ACOFP committee. She will also oversee the performance of all local chapter officers and committees and present any unresolved problems to the ACOFP Board of Governors.

OSU surgeon scores highest in ophthalmology resident exam


Joshua Burke, D.O., surgical ophthalmology resident with OSU Physicians, is the recipient of an award for attaining the nation’s highest score on the Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program examination.

The Patrick Murray Award honors the top scorer on the exam each year by the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation.

The foundation will present the award in May during its 99th Annual Clinical Assembly at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Forensic sciences students, law enforcement work mock crime scene 

Forensic sciences graduate student Allie Sherier, right, and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigator Larry Stover work a mock death scene investigation.
Forensic sciences graduate student Allie Sherier, right, and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigator Larry Stover work a mock death scene investigation.

Area law enforcement officers worked with OSU-CHS forensic sciences graduate students on a mock crime scene exercise at Lesion Field on Tuesday. As part of the exercise, the participants were charged with locating the mock crime scene, digging up bones and making determinations about the simulated crime based on the positioning of the bones and other evidence.

The hands-on activity was designed to enable students to experience what forensic anthropologists do as they investigate a crime scene. It also provides the opportunity for law enforcement investigators and students to learn from one another.

OSU-CHS Wellness Center hosts healthy cooking demonstration

The OSU-CHS Wellness Center will host a demonstration on making cheap, quick and healthy meals for people with on-the-go lifestyles from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday in Founders Hall.

Katie Plohocky, with the Healthy Community Store, will offer meal ideas, samples and recipe cards for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

To learn more about the event, visit the OSU-CHS website or email Jesse Chaffin, OSU-CHS health and wellness manager.

‘Three Minute Thesis’ preliminary competition set for March 27

OSU-CHS students will vie to represent the campus at the 2015 OSU Three Minute Thesis Competition during a preliminary contest at noon on Friday, March 27 in D-107.

Master’s and doctoral student contestants must give a compelling pitch for their thesis in three minutes using only one PowerPoint slide. The contest is aimed at developing students’ skills in relaying their research and its relevance in a cogent but concise manner.

A five-person judging panel will select a first, second and third place winner. Audience members will vote for the “People’s Choice” award and a free lunch will be provided for the first 50 ballots turned in when the competition ends. The first-place winner will win $200, second place wins $150 and third place wins $100. The “People’s Choice” winner gets $200. The first-place winner will compete against other OSU students in the finals at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 in the Little Union Theater in the OSU-Stillwater Student Union.

For more information about the competition or to register to participate in the event, visit the OSU website.