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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Smith named OSU-COM Student Doctor of the Year


Fourth-year medical student Matthew Smith has been selected as the OSU-COM 2015 Student Doctor of the Year. He was chosen for the honor by fellow OSU medical students and faculty members for his outstanding leadership, community service and dedication to the osteopathic profession.

Smith served as OSU-COM chapter president, national political affairs director and the national resolutions director for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association and was an executive committee member of the OSU Political Action Committee. He represented Oklahoma at the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates meeting as a voting member. He also served as vice president of the Pros for Africa Club and secretary of the Wilderness Medicine Club.

The Ada native has been an active member of the Emergency Medicine Club, the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Club and the Rural Medicine Club. He also was a teaching assistant for the OMM department. He was inducted into Omega Beta Iota, the national osteopathic political action honor society. Read more.

OSU-CHS lauds hospitals, physicians serving rural Oklahoma

William Paiva, Ph.D., presents an award to Mitchell Sanford, OMSII, for his parents, Tim Sanford, D.O., and Tracy Sanford, D.O., during the National Rural Health Day Celebration on Thursday for their work to improve rural health care.
William Paiva, Ph.D., presents an award to Mitchell Sanford, OMSII, for his parents, Tim Sanford, D.O., and Tracy Sanford, D.O., during the National Rural Health Day Celebration on Thursday for their work to improve rural health care.

OSU-CHS honored three rural hospitals and two rural Oklahoma doctors on Thursday during a National Rural Health Day celebration hosted by the OSU Center for Rural Health.

William Paiva, Ph.D., executive director of OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation, presented the Patterson Foundation Outstanding Rural Physician Partner Award to Tracy Sanford, D.O., and Tim Sanford, D.O. Both physicians are graduates of OSU-COM and practice primary care medicine in Okmulgee. Second-year OSU medical student Mitchell Sanford accepted the award on behalf of his parents.

Corie Kaiser, director of the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health, announced three rural Oklahoma hospitals will receive certificates honoring them for reporting outpatient measures to the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project. The voluntary project is aimed at improving quality of care at small, rural Critical Access Hospitals. The three institutions that were honored include St. John Sapulpa Hospital, AllianceHealth in Madill and Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur. Read more.

Angel Tree to brighten holidays for Eugene Field Elementary students

Angel Tree
The Angel Tree is located in Founders Hall.

Holiday shoppers are needed to provide gifts for students at Eugene Field Elementary, OSU-CHS’ Partner in Education school.

To participate, select a card from the Angel Tree located in Founders Hall and print your name on the sign-up sheet. Each angel should receive a toy, a book and an item of clothing. Gifts should remain within a $40 limit for each child.

Place the unwrapped items in a gift bag with the student’s card attached and drop them off in the sleigh in Founders Hall by Wednesday, Dec. 9. Eugene Field class parties will be held on December 18th from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. If interested in attending, please email Lindsey Yoder or Bria Taylor. For more information, contact the Outreach and Special Events team.

First Friday Seminar to focus on chicken-to-dinosaur project


Dana Rashid, Ph.D., assistant research professor at Montana State University, will speak about her research project aimed at recreating a dinosaur from a chicken embryo at noon on Friday, Dec. 4.

As an assistant in the so-called ‘Jurassic Park’ Research Project’ led by renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, Rashid will discuss “Tail Development and Evolution in Avian Dinosaurs.” This is part of the experimental stage of the project that is focused on how early birds lost their long reptilian tail and whether that ancestral tail can be re-engineered in a chicken.

Rashid earned a master’s degree in biology at the University of Mexico and her doctoral degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California-Davis. The seminar will be in D-207 and is free and open to the public. It is presented by the OSU-CHS Anatomy and Cell Biology Department.

Help OSU-CHS conserve energy over the Thanksgiving break

Remember to take some simple steps to help energy conservation efforts at OSU-CHS before leaving for the Thanksgiving holiday. Tips for saving energy costs include:

  • Turn off or unplug electronic equipment such as computers, monitors, speakers and printers.
  • Unplug fans, chargers, radios and appliances such as coffeemakers.
  • Close blinds and tilt the slats upward to reduce heat loss.
  • Turn off all lights when you leave.

Since OSU in Tulsa implemented the energy conservation program in 2007, OSU-CHS has produced $1.7 million in savings. To learn more about campus conservation efforts, visit the energy conservation website.