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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, 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.)
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 OSU-COM 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.

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.

Jernigan named chief compliance officer for OSU-CHS, OSUMC

Jernigan
Jernigan

Micki Jernigan was recently selected to be the chief compliance officer at OSU-CHS and OSU Medical Center. The chief compliance officer oversees compliance with local, state and national higher education and health care laws and regulations, including the HIPAA, HITECH and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

As chief compliance officer, Jernigan will implement, review and enforce policies, procedures and standards of conduct to ensure compliance with these laws and regulations. She is also tasked with providing reports to the appropriate governing agencies.

Prior to joining OSU-CHS, she was chief compliance officer and HIPAA privacy officer at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., vice president for corporate compliance at Mercy Health Services in Baltimore, Md., director of corporate compliance at HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Ala., director of corporate compliance at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., and director of corporate compliance and chief privacy officer at Sparks Health System in Fort Smith, Ark.

Undergraduate students complete summer research program

Tulsa Community College student Hunter Bearden explains his research on weight gain to Thomas Curtis, Ph.D.
Tulsa Community College student Hunter Bearden, left, explains his research on weight gain to Thomas Curtis, Ph.D.

Seven undergraduate students from area institutions showcased biomedical research studies at a poster competition in Oklahoma City on Friday. The students worked with OSU-CHS faculty and graduate researchers as part of a statewide summer program that encourages undergraduate research.

The students, who are from Tulsa Community College and Northeastern State University, designed their own study. They conducted experiments and presented findings to share their results and learn more about the research process.

The Oklahoma IDEA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), funded by the National Institutes of Health and Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, partner with research universities to offer the program. The undergraduate students spent two months at OSU-CHS working with faculty researchers, including Franklin Champlain, Ph.D., Kathleen Curtis, Ph.D., Randall Davis, Ph.D., Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., Gerwald Köhler, Ph.D., Al Rouch, Ph.D., and David Wallace, Ph.D.

New OSU medicine students to volunteer during Dr. Pete’s Big Event

OSU medical students Rebekah Martin and Katharine Lasley glue letters on a new sign for Eugene Field Elementary School during Dr. Pete’s Big Event in 2013.
OSU medical students Rebekah Martin and Katharine Lasley glue letters on a new sign for Eugene Field Elementary School during Dr. Pete’s Big Event in 2013.

The incoming class of students at OSU-COM will volunteer in the Tulsa community as part of Dr. Pete’s Big Event on Friday, Aug. 1. Dr. Pete’s Big Event is an annual community service project for medical students on their first day of school.

Second-year medical students helped plan the event and will lead the volunteer groups at each of the service sites. The event promotes the importance of team work, community involvement and building relationships.

Volunteers will sort and stock food at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, bake cookies and clean at the Hospitality House of Tulsa, assist at Life Senior Services, garden at Clarehouse Hospice and help with some small projects at Eugene Field Elementary School, the university’s partner in education.

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