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The Center: OSU-CHS News

thursday, March 3, 2016

Nationally recognized neurosurgeon to discuss concussion research, evaluation


Neurosurgeon Robert C. Cantu, M.D., one of the nation’s foremost authorities on sports-related concussions, will discuss current concussion research and evaluation methods during a special two-day event on March 25-26 at OSU-CHS.

He will present an hour-long program on current research on concussions at 2 p.m. in D-107 on Friday, March 25. The seminar is free and open to the public.

On March 26, Cantu will lead a seminar on concussion evaluation and Return to Play Guidelines for clinicians and students from 9-11 a.m. in D-107. Check-in and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. The cost of the Saturday seminar is $28 for clinicians and $12 for students. There is a small discount for online registration. Read more.

Research Spotlight: Improving evidence-based medicine curriculum


An OSU-CHS researcher is looking for the best way to train medical students to assess and evaluate advances in medical research in order to provide optimum health care to future patients.

“Medicine is developing rapidly just like every other field in our culture,” said Warren Finn, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology and physiology. “The value of evidence-based medicine in our program is that it teaches students the skills and knowledge to keep up with their field as it changes.”

Evidence-based medicine refers to the systematic review and evaluation of scientific research to use in determining the most current treatment options for patients. OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine incorporates evidence-based medicine training within its curriculum. The curriculum is designed to help medical students develop skills in critical thinking and database analysis. Watch a video of Finn discussing evidence-based medicine at the Research Spotlight website. Read more.

Slick appointed chair of national medical examiners board


Gary Slick, D.O., medical director for the Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma and professor of internal medicine at OSU-CHS, was recently appointed chair of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. NBOME is the leading assessment organization for the osteopathic medical profession.

He has served the NBOME in numerous capacities since 1978, most recently as vice chair of the board. Slick has been a NBOME board member since 2005. He was elected to NBOME's Executive Committee in 2010 and has chaired many critical test construction committees for COMLEX-USA and COMAT examinations.

In 2014, Slick was elected to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Board representing the American Osteopathic Association and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. In this role, he has been instrumental in the integration and implementation of the Single Accreditation System Agreement for graduate medical education.

Spring Break advice on avoiding Zika virus

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take basic precautions against the Zika virus or other infectious diseases if traveling outside the U.S. during Spring Break.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health recommends that travelers wash hands often, use insect repellent, be aware of germs, stay well-rested and drink plenty of bottled water. Be sure to bring an adequate supply of medications.

To check on current information about common diseases and food and water safety by country or region, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website. For travel information, visit the CDC’s travel health notice website.

Blue Coat to White Coat

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Leadership, commitment, integrity and community service are values that connect FFA and OSU-COM. This shared philosophy is why OSU Center for Health Sciences partnered with FFA for Blue Coat to White Coat, a program to identify and cultivate talented students interested in careers as physicians. The program is helping OSU-CHS achieve its mission to recruit and train physicians who want to live and work in smaller communities and improve health care in rural Oklahoma.