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THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2011

OSU-COM achieves highest pass rate on COMLEX Level 2 Performance Evaluation

For the second consecutive year, OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has achieved the highest pass rate among the nation’s osteopathic medical schools on the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners COMLEX Level 2 Performance Evaluation examination, which assesses the fundamental clinical skills required for osteopathic medical school graduates.

Every osteopathic medical student must pass the exam, known officially as the COMLEX-USA (Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States) to graduate from medical school. In this evaluation, patient-centered skills are examined in the context of clinical encounters with standardized patients. Students take Level 2 of national board examinations, which includes a computer based test and a performance evaluation, during their fourth year of school.

During the performance evaluation they see 12 standardized patients who are people trained to portray various illnesses.  Students meet and examine the patient, and are graded on their clinical and interpersonal skills. The exam helps to fulfill mandates for enhanced patient safety through the documentation of the clinical skills proficiency of graduates.

In 2007, OSU invested nearly $600,000 in new system hardware and software for recording and reviewing the student encounters and added a standardized patient education coordinator to oversee the program, coordinating nearly 1,000 training encounters annually. Emily Lim is the coordinator.  Also guiding training are Joan Stewart, D.O., MPH, associate dean for clinical education and Johnathan Franklin, interim assistant to the vice-president for academic affairs.

Webinars set for December faculty development; live sessions planned for early 2012

The OSU Office of Educational Development faculty development webinars for December include:

  • Tuesday – “Managing Student Discipline Issues Legally and Effectively,” from 1 - 2:30 p.m. in E102.
  • Dec. 9 – “If Evidence for Changing Pedagogies is so Clear, Then Why Do My Colleagues Keep Teaching the Same Way,” 1 - 2 p.m., E102.
  • Dec. 13 – “Improving Student Outcomes with Lecture Capture Technology,” 10 – 10:45 a.m., E102.
  • Dec. 16 –“Understanding and Working with Student Resistance to Active Learning,” 1 – 2 p.m., E102.
    New 2012 live sessions and dates are:
  • Jan. 20 - “Simulations: State of the Art and Lessons Learned,” 1 - 4 p.m., Dunlap Auditorium - Dr. Tony Errichetti.
  • Feb. 17 - “The Neurobiology of Learning,” 1 – 5 p.m., Dunlap Auditorium - Dr. John Pelley.
  • March 16 - “Want Your Students to Learn More? Designing Your Courses for More Significant Learning,” 1 - 5 p.m., location to be announced - Dr. Dee Fink.

More at  http://centernet.okstate.edu/oed/fdseries.cfm

Professors Wilson, Conrad and Stroup recognized at University Awards Convocation

Mark your calendar
Bedlam Canned Food Drive wraps up tomorrow
The Bedlam Canned Food Drive competition to raise the most donations of canned food and money to benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma ends tomorrow. Place canned food items in the marked container in the CHS ground floor elevator lobby or at OSU Physician clinics.  Monetary donations can be made at the CFBEO website.

Holiday party Dec. 9
The OSU-SAC in Tulsa holiday party is from noon to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in Founders Hall. Lunch is provided.

Angel Tree gifts due Dec. 12
Eugene Field Community School Angel Tree gifts are due Dec. 12. Please bring  gifts to room E315.

OSU Energy Education PepsiCo Dream Machines can boost recycling efforts
If every household in the U.S. recycled just three more plastic bottles a month, we could divert more than 23 million pounds of plastic from our landfills. PepsiCo Dream Machines are available on campus for anyone who would like to increase the amount of plastic and aluminum they recycle. For more information about the Dream Machines visit OSU in Tulsa's energy education website.

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