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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

OSU-COM students participate in first international medical rotation in Uganda

Participants in OSU-COM’s first international medical rotation are, back row from left, Eric Morrison, Claudia Nkeih, Ugandan medical student Pius Sumba, Katie Latendresse and Sarah Hall, D.O. Front row from left are Nicole Abel, Beth DeWitt, Cassandra Clay, Bekah Martin, Rhonda Casey, D.O., and Shcarry Chatmon.

Eight OSU-CHS students made history as participants in OSU-COM’s first international rotation in Uganda this semester.

“This is the first time we have offered this experience in Uganda as a selective elective rotation for our third- or fourth-year students,” said Robin Dyer, D.O., OSU-COM associate dean for academic affairs and professor and chair of the osteopathic manipulative medicine department. “Opportunities like this are important because students who are part of an international medical trip typically tend to gravitate toward primary care and rural areas to practice.”

The medical students who participated include Nicole Abel, Shcarry Chatmon, Cassandra Clay, Beth DeWitt, Katie Latendresse, Bekah Martin, Eric Morrison and Claudia Nkeih. Rhonda Casey, D.O., chair and associate professor of pediatrics, and Sarah Hall, D.O., assistant professor of family medicine, coordinated the course and also traveled to Uganda. The group left for Uganda on Sept. 10 and returned last Thursday. The group traveled to villages such as Nyenga, Gulu and Jinja. Read more.

TSET Board of Directors welcomes Benjamin to the board


The vice provost for graduate programs and associate dean for biomedical sciences at OSU-CHS has joined the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Board of Directors. 

Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., was appointed to the TSET Board of Directors by House Speaker Jeff Hickman. Benjamin, of Claremore, represents the communities that make up the 2nd Congressional District in northeastern Oklahoma. As vice provost, Benjamin serves in a leadership role for the graduate programs in biomedical sciences, forensic sciences, health care administration and athletic training.

TSET’s strategic plan aims to prevent and reduce tobacco use and obesity in an effort to reduce cancer and cardiovascular disease, the leading causes of death in Oklahoma. Read more.

Barkalaureate to honor Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa graduates

Lily, Lucy, Jake, Diesel and Deuce are the first class of graduates to join Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa.
Lily, Lucy, Jake, Diesel and Deuce are the first class of graduates to join Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa.

The first class of Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa therapy dogs will graduate during a “Barkalaureate” ceremony at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 in Founders Hall at OSU-CHS. Jean Sander, dean of the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine, will be the guest speaker.

The graduates include Deuce, a yellow lab, and his handler Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSU-CHS president; Diesel, a chocolate lab, and his handler Megan Whitehead, clinic coordinator for the communication sciences and disorders department at OSU-Tulsa; Jake, a red heeler mix, and his handler Jerrie Hall, associate library director at OSU-Tulsa; Lily, a cockapoo, and her handler Sandy Cooper, assistant vice president for human resources; and Lucy, a black lab, and her handers Amanda Sumner, OSU-CHS registrar, and Philip Sumner.

The P3T graduates will serve OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa as greeters and campus ambassadors and will be available for clinical or crisis situations. The goal of the program is to positively enhance physical and emotional health and contribute to the America’s Healthiest Campus wellness initiative launched in 2014.

Campus departments may request a P3T dog visit by emailing pettherapytulsa@okstate.edu. Additional information about Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa is available at the P3T website.

Project AAIMS receives federal grant to educate native youth

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $1.4 million to an Oklahoma consortium aimed at providing access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational opportunities to nearly 1,500 American Indian students. The grant will enable tribal communities and partners to increase the number of American Indians who choose careers in science and medical fields by offering students hands-on experiences.

Through partnerships with OSU-CHS’ Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science and other groups, Project AAIMS (Advancing American Indians in Medical and STEM careers) Native Youth Community Project will work with the Osage County Interlocal Cooperative and nine rural education agencies on the initiative. The cooperative consists of the Osage Nation and the Otoe-Missouri Tribe.

Other partners include Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance, Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Osage County Extension Office and the Osage Nation Communities of Excellence. Read more.

Medical students raise money for global medical outreach group

First row from left: Chelsea Koller, Cierra Lohaus, Katrina Lin, Alejandra DeSantiago, Camille Martinez and Barbara Grogg. Back row from left: Former Sunrise Rotary President Tommy Williams, Matthew Nunley, Owais Durrani, Asad Rehman, James Le, Jonathan Holmes, Stanley Grogg, D.O., Amanda Rember, Sarah Khan and Power of a Nickel board member Uday Jodhpurkar.

Fifteen second-year medical students recently organized a barbecue event to raise funds for Power of a Nickel, a nonprofit group that provides scholarships for osteopathic medical students to participate in global health outreach trips.

Participants included Doug Coker, Owais Durrani, Jonathan Holmes, Sarah Khan, Chelsea Koller, James Le, Katrina Lin, Cierra Lohaus, Camille Martinez, Matthew Nunley, Asad Rehman, Amanda Rember, Rachel Wirginis, all second-year students. Alejandra DeSantiago, a third-year medical student also took part in organizing the event.

Stan Grogg, D.O., OSU-CHS retired pediatrician, and his wife, Barbara, founded the nonprofit group and hosted the annual event at Grogg’s Green Barn. Power of a Nickel organizes teams of physicians, medical students and other health care providers who travel on medical missions to India, Nicaragua, Uganda, Vietnam and other countries to provide health care to underserved and medically needy people.

New master’s degree in athletic training focus of Friday seminar


Jennifer Volberding, Ph.D., director of the Master of Athletic Training program, will discuss the new athletic training graduate degree and its unique relationship with the medical school during the First Friday Seminar tomorrow at noon in D-207. Volberding is a certified athletic trainer. 

The university recently moved its athletic training master’s degree program from the Stillwater campus to OSU-CHS to enable students in both disciplines to connect and learn from one another. The athletic training program is the first in the country aligned with an osteopathic medical school.

The seminar is free and open to the public. It is presented by the OSU-CHS Master of Athletic Training program.