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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, april 7, 2016

OSU-CHS graduation ceremony to honor Class of 2016

The Class of 2015 prepares to walk across the stage during last year’s OSU-CHS graduation ceremony at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
The Class of 2015 prepares to walk across the stage during last year’s OSU-CHS graduation ceremony at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

OSU-CHS will celebrate the Class of 2016 during a commencement ceremony at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 21. The program begins at 7 p.m. and will be streamed live on OState.TV.

In the week leading to the ceremony, OSU-CHS has planned a Class of 2016 Graduation Party for medical students at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Conference Center in Catoosa. In addition, the Medical Student Graduation Banquet will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 at Doubletree Warren Place.

All graduating students are required to attend commencement rehearsal at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 at the Tulsa PAC. For additional information, visit the OSU-CHS graduation website.

Research Spotlight: Dinosaur life in extreme climates, vertebrate heads


OSU-CHS vertebrate paleontologist Paul Gignac, Ph.D., spends his summers in the Arctic Circle hunting dinosaurs – or at least the fossilized bones of dinosaurs that once lived there.

“Believe it or not, we now know that dinosaurs were present in the Arctic Circle and the Antarctic Circle,” said Gignac, assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology. “This was surprising when paleontologists first discovered it, but it turns out that polar regions were much warmer 70 million years ago. This enabled dinosaurs to move into high latitudes around the planet.”

There was likely three months of darkness each year in the area where such dinosaur fossils were found, Gignac said. Such a harsh environment shuts down plant production, impacting the entire food web in the ecosystem. Watch a video of Gignac discussing his dinosaur research at the Research Spotlight website. Read more.

OSU Center for Rural Health distributes SHIP grants to 57 rural hospitals

OSU Center for Rural Health recently distributed more than $500,000 in federal grants to 57 rural Oklahoma hospitals to support their efforts in reducing health care costs and implementing health care reforms.

The Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) grants are funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The grants help small hospitals implement reforms outlined in the Affordable Care Act.

OSU distributed $517,779 to small rural hospitals across the state. Each hospital was awarded $8,297 for implementing value-based purchasing and measures to reduce hospital readmissions and medical quality. Read more.

CME Spring Fling Conference to highlight array of medical topics

Mental health, diabetes and concussion management are among the variety of topics that will be examined during OSU-COM Alumni Association’s 30th annual Continuing Medical Education Spring Fling conference on May 20-21 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa – Downtown.

Other sessions include requirements and operations of preceptorship, treating pregnancy in a primary care practice, end-of-life planning and care, stroke treatment in a rural setting and proper opioid prescribing.

The last day to register online for the conference is May 13. A discount for early registration is available through May 2. The conference is free for students, interns and residents. Proceeds from the Spring Fling conference supports scholarships for OSU-COM students and upcoming alumni events. For more information or to register, visit the Spring Fling conference website.

OSU in Tulsa unveils new Pride Works program for customer service training

OSU in Tulsa Human Resources has launched the “OSU Pride Works: Quality Service Initiative” certificate program to assist staff in enhancing customer service skills.

The program includes online courses, instructor-led courses, a written report and attendance at an OSU in Tulsa staff conference. The certificate program must be completed within one year of attending the first instructor-led course. Some of the online course topics include identifying and managing customer expectations, internal customer service and customer service confrontation and conflict.

Participants will be able to translate practical methods and service skills for treating customers with respect and understanding while improving working relationships with teammates. To learn more about the certificate program and to find out how to enroll, visit the OSU Pride Works website.