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The Center: OSU-CHS News

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

Health care administration degree rated among best in nation

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OSU-CHS was recently ranked among the best schools in the country for its master’s program in health care administration.

The OSU School of Health Care Administration was ranked 40th in the Top 50 outstanding programs nationwide by Healthcare-Administration-Degree.net. The website considers graduate degree opportunities, awards and recognition and ‘wow factor’ to formulate its rankings.

Last year, the program was ranked fourth in the country for quality by Public Health Online and has been featured by U.S. News & World Report among the top 100 Best Online Graduate Business Programs. It was also ranked the third most affordable among 30 programs nationwide by Healthcare-Administration-Degree.net and fourth best in the country by SuccessfulStudent.org. Read more.

OSU in Tulsa Research Day spotlights student, faculty exploration

Zachary Sanchez explains his research project during OSU in Tulsa Research Day at OSU-CHS last Friday.
Zachary Sanchez explains his research project during OSU in Tulsa Research Day at OSU-CHS last Friday.

First-year osteopathic medical student Zachary C. Sanchez believes conducting research will provide a stronger foundation for his practice as a physician.

He gave a poster presentation on his research project during the 2016 OSU in Tulsa Research Day event last week. The project analyzed shoulder arthroplasty outcome studies.

“I think this project helped me understand the importance of research and how to critically evaluate studies,” Sanchez said. “This knowledge will enable me to provide the best treatment possible for my patients when I begin my career as a physician.” Read more.

Career development assistance available for medical students


OSU-COM is working to prepare medical students for successfully obtaining a residency after graduation.

Tanya O’Grady, OSU-COM’s career development specialist, is implementing programming to help prepare students for residency interviews and the match process.

“My goal is to provide one-on-one service for each student to help them prepare as much as possible for the residency match,” said O’Grady. “The earlier I can begin working with students, the less pressure they will face as they prepare for their interviews.”

O’Grady will review curriculum vitae and personal statements, providing feedback so students can polish their documents to meet the Association of American Medical Colleges’ guidelines. She also compiles the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), which is utilized during the residency match process and assists students with the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Read more.

OSU-COM student places second in ACOI research competition

Fourth-year Trace Heavener displays his winning research poster.
Fourth-year Trace Heavener displays his winning research poster.

Fourth-year medical student Trace Heavener was recently named the second-place winner in a research competition at the American College of Osteopathic Internists meeting in Tampa.

Heavener’s research project examined publication bias in gastroenterology research. He competed against 120 residents, fellows and students and won $1,000 and all conference expenses paid.

Heavener worked on the research project with Matt Vassar, Ph.D., institutional research and analytics manager, and Mousumi Som, D.O., associate professor of internal medicine. The ACOI is the only organization with the sole purpose to foster the continued success and future growth of osteopathic internal medicine.

Forensic sciences graduate student wins 3MT competition

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Dane Robertson, a graduate student in forensic sciences, will represent OSU-CHS at the OSU Three Minute Thesis finals in Stillwater next week. He won the preliminary competition last week during the 2016 OSU in Tulsa Research Day at OSU-CHS.

Master’s and doctoral student contestants were charged with making 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.

Robertson won $300 and will face other OSU students in the finals at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 at the Student Union Little Union Theater at OSU-Stillwater. Michelle DeGear, a biomedical doctorate student, placed second and won $200 and Kristin Dickerson, a master’s student in forensic sciences, won third place and $100. Robertson garnered an additional $300 as the People’s Choice winner. To learn more about the OSU finals, visit the OSU 3MT website.