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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, june 9, 2016

Third-year medical student wins in OOA research poster symposium

OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, right, congratulates Jessica Branstetter, OMS-III, on her first-place win in the research poster symposium at OOA’s 116th Annual Convention in Norman.
OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, right, congratulates Jessica Branstetter, OMS-III, on her first-place win in the research poster symposium at OOA’s 116th Annual Convention in Norman.

Jessica Branstetter, OMS-III, recently placed first in the research poster symposium during the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association 116th Annual Convention.

Her poster was titled, “The Differential Effects of Digoxin Use on Atrial Fibrillation Patients by Race and Gender.” Branstetter worked with the Center for Health Systems Innovation’s Cerner HealthFacts database to gather data for her research project.

The research project is among the requirements for students in the OSU-CHS Rural Medicine track. She earned first place above 24 other competitors.

Summer is great time for online professional development

More than 3,000 online courses are available for OSU-CHS employees to learn new skills, techniques and strategies to enhance the ability to perform their job, said Tina Tappana, director of human resources and Title IX coordinator for OSU in Tulsa.

“It’s a convenient way to advance your knowledge at your own pace and on your own schedule,” Tappana said. “Employees are able to apply concepts to their everyday work while developing their personal and professional goals.”

The Learning Management System also provides job skills material and learning aids to use as a reference. Topics range from customer service to safety training to management skills and software training in Microsoft Excel, Adobe Acrobat and more. In addition, there are numerous types of compliance training, including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Title IX.

Managers have the ability to select and assign relevant topics for their employees to complete and employees may browse the training sessions and choose those of interest. Supervisor approval is recommended and required for some courses. To learn more about the courses, visit the LMS website.

OSU Alumni Association to host Legacy Day at Philbrook Museum

The Tulsa Chapter of the OSU Alumni Association will host its annual Legacy Day from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Philbrook Museum.

OSU families and friends are invited to the interactive event. Children’s activities include a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, a photo booth and more. The cost is $5 for adults and free for registered Legacies, children under age 17 whose parent or grandparent is an OSU Alumni Association member.

The OSU Legacy program is a free member benefit of being an OSU Alumni Association member. To make reservations, visit the association’s website. For more information, email Amber Hinkle.

Staying safe during the summer

Summer is a time when people spend more time outdoors. To prevent accidents and injuries from summer activities, here are some tips that can help:

  • Reduce your chance of getting tick-borne disease by using repellents, checking for ticks and showering after being outdoors. Use insect repellents to keep mosquitos away and avoid bees and wasps.
  • Be sure to wear protective clothing when handling pesticides and fertilizers. Never operate a mower in your bare feet and avoid wearing loose clothing. Rake before mowing to prevent stones or loose debris from launching in the air.
  • Be aware when temperatures rise. Take frequent breaks when working or playing outdoors to avoid heat stroke or exhaustion. Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen to prevent sunburns or blisters.
  • Wear proper gear when riding scooters, bikes and skateboards to prevent head, elbow, wrist and knee injuries.
  • Keep barbecue grills at sufficient space from siding and eaves and supervise the grill at all times.

To learn additional safety measures for summer, visit the OSU Environmental Health and Safety website.