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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, April 2, 2015

OSU-CHS to construct state-of-the-art academic, hospital simulation center

Crews begin preliminary site work for OSU-CHS’ Medical Academic Simulation Center.
Crews begin preliminary site work for OSU-CHS’ Medical Academic and Simulation Center.

OSU-CHS will soon begin construction on a new Medical Academic and Simulation Center as part of an effort to strengthen the medical education offered to students on the Tulsa-based campus.

“The new facility will provide a state-of-the-art learning experience for students in the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine,” said OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O. “The Medical Academic and Simulation Center will also provide much-needed space as we continue to address Oklahoma’s severe physician shortage.”

The 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 that will enable students to simulate procedures and practice skills commonly utilized in hospitals across the country.

Expanded clinical skills labs, a new osteopathic manipulative medicine lab, classrooms, lecture hall, conference facilities and student study space will also be included in the 223,000-square-foot Medical Academic and Simulation Center. Plans also call for the addition of a five-story parking garage adjoining the facility, which will replace parking spaces removed for construction.

The four-story facility will cost approximately $45 million to construct. Preliminary work on the construction site is expected to begin in the coming weeks, with an anticipated completion date in late 2017.

Medical students spent day at Oklahoma Capitol for Osteopathic Medicine Day

Forty OSU-COM students visited the Oklahoma Capitol Wednesday to discuss health care issues with lawmakers and advocate for osteopathic medicine.
Forty OSU-COM students visited the Oklahoma Capitol Wednesday to discuss health care issues with lawmakers and advocate for osteopathic medicine.

A group of OSU-COM students spent the day at the Oklahoma Capitol during Osteopathic Medicine Day on Wednesday to discuss health care issues and advocate for the osteopathic profession.

“It was a good opportunity for students to see our legislators at work as well as for legislators to meet OSU medical students and get a feel for what osteopathic medicine is like,” said Brittany Cross, OMS II and Student Government Association president.

The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association hosted a lunch and a legislative briefing as part of the event. Students were also introduced in both the House and Senate chambers.

Students spent the afternoon meeting with individual legislators to discuss health care concerns and osteopathic medicine in Oklahoma. Topics included state funding of OSU Medical Center and the need to increase the number of primary care physicians in rural communities.

Tucker wins OSU-CHS Three Minute Thesis competition

OSU-CHS graduate student Kambra Tucker will compete against other OSU students in the Three Minute Thesis competition finals at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in the Little Union Theater on the Stillwater campus.

TuckerTucker took first place and $200 in the OSU-CHS contest on Friday for her presentation. Amie Francis won second place and $150 and Rachel Wilkins won third place and $100 in the competition. Dusti Sloan was awarded $200 as the People’s Choice winner.

As part of the competition, 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 simple, concise manner. To view a recording of the competition, visit the Blackboard website.

OSU-CHS students, staff to shave heads for childhood cancer research

St. Baldricks

OSU-CHS students, staff and administrators will be shaving their heads on April 18 at a special event to raise money for childhood cancer research.

‘Grow It, Shave It, Beat It’ will be from 2-4 p.m. at Elwoods at Blue Rose on Riverside Drive. The event includes live music, food and a silent auction fundraiser. About 20 volunteers, which include medical students and OSU-CHS staff and administrators, will have their heads shaved, bangs cut or beards trimmed in solidarity with kids with cancer.

Two local children, Jonah and Joy, will be honored at the event. Jonah, 14, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at age 5 and eventually had his leg amputated to save his life. Joy, 4, was diagnosed with leukemia and should complete treatment in December.

Proceeds from the event will go to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for children's cancer research. The fundraiser is spearheaded by OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Student Osteopathic Medical Association. The group set a goal of raising $20,000 this year for the foundation. For more information or to donate to the cause, visit the event website.

Be prepared to take shelter when severe weather approaches

Storm Ready Logo

With severe weather season beginning in Oklahoma, OSU-CHS is reminding everyone to be prepared in the event of a storm. OSU-CHS officials monitor weather conditions and take action accordingly when severe weather is indicated.

A good plan begins with monitoring weather reports to be alerted when storms are in the area, including by radio, a phone app or the internet. If there is time, turn off computers and other equipment that could be affected by power surges. Close hallway doors to shield corridors from flying debris and stay away from windows.

When on campus, seek shelter as necessary in the following locations:

Medical Library - corridor adjacent to
   the library(the long hallway on the
   ground floor)
Forensic Sciences and Biomedical
   Research Center – ground floor
Dunlap Auditorium - ground floor

OSU Physicians Clinics
Houston Center Clinics – ground floor
   lobby, stairwells and bathrooms
Health Care Center – ground floor
   center corridor and exit stairwell
Physicians Office Building – ground
   floor lobby, stairwells and bathrooms
North Regional Health and Wellness
   Center –ground floor center corridor
   and exit stairwell
Eastgate – ground floor back corridor
CityPlex Towers – ground floor
   bathrooms and other rooms away
   from windows

Visit the OSU-CHS website for more tips on how to prepare for severe weather.