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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

First-year students start medical school with community service

Cyriece Olivier, left, begins OSU-COM medical school interacting with Lola Mae Jones at LIFE Senior Services’ North Adult Day Health Center.
Cyriece Olivier, left, begins OSU-COM medical school interacting with Lola Mae Jones at LIFE Senior Services’ North Adult Day Health Center.

On her first day of medical school orientation, Cyriece Olivier played the memory game with Lola Mae Jones, a participant at LIFE Senior Services’ North Adult Day Health Center.

“The whole reason I chose medical school is to give back and to help others,” she said. “I think this is a great way to start.”

Olivier and more than 100 other OSU-COM first-year medical students spent part of their first day of medical school orientation volunteering at local charities as part of Dr. Pete’s Big Event last Friday.

Students fanned out to 10 Tulsa area locations to help six organizations with a variety of projects. They scrubbed and vacuumed fleet vehicles at the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges and worked on gardening projects at Clarehouse Hospice and Global Gardens sites at three elementary schools.

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

Back-to-school activities set as OSU-CHS fall semester begins

OSU-CHS students will return to school next week as medical students begin classes on Monday and graduate students on Aug. 17

First-year medical students have completed a weeklong orientation and received their white coats during a ceremony on Saturday. The 2015 White Coat Ceremony is available for viewing on OState.tv, Oklahoma State University’s online video network.

To mark the beginning of the fall semester, all OSU-CHS students, faculty and staff are invited to a special come-and-go reception on Friday, Aug. 21 from 2-4 p.m. in Founders Hall.

Refreshments will be available as well as the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty and staff.

Wellness for older adults is focus of fall conference

Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Logo

The sixth annual Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics conference, “Wellness: Building Capacity for Tomorrow’s Older Adults,” is set for Sept. 24-25.

The conference will feature keynote speakers Dan Timmel, LCSW, who is responsible for coverage policy for long-term care benefits and preadmission screening for nursing facilities with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Carol D. Ryff, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the university’s Institute on Aging.

The two-day event is open to behavioral health, human services and health professionals working with older adults, as well as the public at large. The conference will be in North Hall at OSU-Tulsa.

Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics is presented by the OSU College of Human Sciences’ Center for Family Resilience, the Department of Human Development and Family Science and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

To register for the event, visit the Linking Gerontology & Geriatrics conference website. For more information, contact Nancy Van Winkle, Ph.D., Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Advisory Committee member and OSU-CHS professor of behavioral science.