July 24, 2014
OSU-COM wins AOA STAR award for recruitment, training initiatives
AOA Trustee Mark A. Baker, D.O., left, presents OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O., with the STAR award. (Photo courtesy of the AOA.)
The American Osteopathic Association presented the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine with the Strategic Team Award and Recognition during the organization’s annual House of Delegates meeting in Chicago on July 19.
The award recognizes state associations, specialty colleges, medical schools and osteopathic postdoctoral training institutions that make significant contributions to enhancing the osteopathic culture. OSU-COM received the award for recruitment and training initiatives designed to bring more physicians to rural and underserved Oklahoma.
“During past few years, OSU Center for Health Sciences has implemented several programs to address the physicians shortage in our state,” said OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum. “Our initiatives attract students who want to remain in Oklahoma to practice and trains quality physicians and community leaders.”
Operation Orange, Blue Coat to White Coat, Senior Mentor program and the new Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Science and Medicine were all cited as reasons for the Tulsa medical school’s award.
Operation Orange is a series of summer camps hosted at partner institutions across the state that give high school students an opportunity to experience a day in the life of an OSU medical student. Since camps were launched in 2013, more than 500 Oklahoma high school students have participated in the program.
The Senior Mentor program was implemented in 2013 to enhance students’ interpersonal skills as part of a new medical school curriculum. Students are paired with a volunteer volunteers age 65 and older to develop relationships and discuss health and wellness issues.
The Blue Coat to White Coat program is a partnership with FFA chapters across the state to introduce rural high school students to a career in medicine. The program enables OSU-COM to identify and mentor FFA students who embrace many of the same values as physicians.
The Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science was recently established to provide programs and mentoring to American Indians in the science fields. Under the leadership of Dr. Kent Smith, the office is working with tribal leaders across the state to encourage more American Indian students to consider careers in medicine.
AOA represents more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians and promotes public health and academic scientific research. The association serves as the certifying body for osteopathic physicians and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools.