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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, August 4, 2016

Medical students join hunt for bones of Montana’s ‘good mother lizard’

Holly Woodward Ballard, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy, left, medical student Mallory Hall, graduate student Gwyneth Volkmann, research assistant Lindsey Yann, graduate student Christian Heck and medical student Greg Aran take a break during a Montana dinosaur dig.

Second-year medical student Greg Aran recently slogged through grime and camped out for three weeks to fulfill his childhood dream of digging for dinosaur bones.

“It was the longest I camped out in my life and the least hygienic I have ever been in my life too. But the most important thing to me was the dinosaurs,” he said. “I have always been thoroughly interested in them since I was a kid.”

Holly Woodward Ballard, Ph.D., paleontologist and assistant professor of anatomy at OSU-CHS, takes a group of volunteers every summer to excavate dinosaur fossils of the Maiasaura peeblesorum, the “good mother lizard” that lived millions of years ago in Montana. Read more.

Third-year medical student wins inaugural OPAC award

Owais Durrani

The Osteopathic Political Action Committee awarded third-year medical student Owais Durrani its inaugural James M. Lally, D.O. ‘Most Politically Active Student’ Scholarship last week during the American Osteopathic Association’s annual business meeting in Chicago.

Durrani has held office in the university’s Student Government Association and represented OSU-COM last year as an alternate voting delegate from Oklahoma at the AOA House of Delegates meeting.

OPAC is the political arm of the American Osteopathic Information Association and was established in 1979 to be the voice of the osteopathic profession in campaigns and elections.

OSU-COM clinical assistant professor elected to AOA board


C. Michael Ogle, D.O., adjunct clinical assistant professor for rural health and internal medicine and director of OSU Physicians Rural Clinic in Enid, was elected as third vice president of the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees last week during the AOA’s annual House of Delegates meeting.

He graduated from OSU-COM in 1986. In addition to his duties as medical director at INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center, Ogle also is president of Emergency Medical Services Inc. and chief executive officer of Alacrity Healthcare. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association and has been an OOA trustee since 2006.

Ogle was named Oklahoma Osteopathic Association Rookie Physician of the Year in 1991 and was selected Rural Physician of the Year by the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma in 2007. He has served on the Oklahoma Board of Medico-Legal Investigation and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Medical Advisory Committee. He currently serves as a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners.

White Coat Ceremony to be live streamed Saturday on OStateTV

OSU-COM’s Class of 2020 will receive their white coats in a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Van Trease Performing Arts Center for Education at the Tulsa Community College Southeast campus.

The event will be live streamed on OStateTV for friends and family who are unable to attend.

First-year medical students will receive their official white coats and recite the Osteopathic Medicine Oath of Commitment to signify their entry into the medical profession. Kayse Shrum, D.O., president of OSU Center for Health Sciences and dean of OSU-COM, will lead the ceremony.

Mavis Pearl to join P3T at Barkalaureate

Mavis Pearl
Mavis Pearl

Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa will celebrate the graduation of its second class on Monday with a special guest: local canine celebrity Mavis Pearl.

Mavis Pearl is an English bulldog known for her broad smile and the brightly colored tutus she wears to visit local hospitals, shelters and other agencies. She will be named an honorary member of Pete’s Pet Posse in recognition of her work as goodwill ambassador for local nonprofit Joy in the Cause, an organization dedicated to showing individuals in crisis care and compassion through personal acts of kindness.

The P3T Barkalaureate will take place at 3 p.m. in Founders Hall. For more information and to meet the graduating class, visit the P3T website.