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April 24, 2014

OSU-CHS partner Sister Rosemary named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World

Sister Rosemary, left, President Kayse Shrum and Reggie Whitten discuss the Time magazine honor.
Sister Rosemary, left, President Kayse Shrum and Reggie Whitten discuss the Time magazine honor.

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences partner Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe was named today to Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2014. The Tulsa-based OSU medical school has worked with Sister Rosemary for more than two years in her mission to support the women and children who have been affected by the wars in Uganda and South Sudan.

“Sister Rosemary stands as an inspiration to our students and to millions of others around the world for her bravery in standing up to rebel leaders and her service to the people of Uganda,” said Dr. Kayse Shrum, OSU Center for Health Sciences president. “Everything Sister Rosemary does is in service of others and that’s a value we instill in our students as they prepare to be physicians and community leaders in Oklahoma.”

Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker profiled Sister Rosemary for the list, which can be viewed on Time's website. The list of 100 Most Influential People in the World was announced on NBC’s Today Show and includes world leaders, artists, actors and icons who are shaping our world and culture.

Sister Rosemary works with formerly abducted women and children who were torn away from their families and forced to serve as sex slaves for officers in Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. Saint Monica’s Girls Vocational School is a refuge where they learn to make their own clothes, grow food and learn to support themselves and their families.

In November 2013, Sister Rosemary was the special guest at OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s 25th anniversary celebration. During the trip, she shared her inspirational message with students, faculty and staff and solidified a partnership between OSU-CHS and Sister Rosemary. View a video featuring Shrum, Sister Rosemary and Reggie Whitten discussing what the partnership means to the people of Uganda and the education of OSU medical students at OState.tv.

Through the university’s affiliation with Pros for Africa and its founder, Reggie Whitten, OSU-CHS has developed close ties with Sister Rosemary and Saint Monica’s Girls Vocational Center in Uganda. A number of OSU-COM students and faculty have provided care for patients as part of a medical mission trip to the war-torn nation.

The OSU-CHS Faculty Senate adopted Saint Monica’s as the university’s international education partner. The partnership will enable cultural exchange opportunities between Eugene Field Elementary School, OSU-CHS’ local partner in education school, and Saint Monica’s.

The university is also developing an international medical rotation in Gulu, Uganda for OSU-COM students and faculty.

“Completing an international rotation helps students become more compassionate physicians by working with people who have suffered through incredible horrors and often lack the same access to technology and medical care we have in the United States,” said Shrum. “These students must rely solely on their training instead of technology to make diagnoses and see diseases that are less common in more developed countries.”

A group of faculty and administrators, including Shrum, will be visiting Sister Rosemary in Uganda this summer to work on plans for implementing the program.

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