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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Shrum featured speaker at Oklahoma health care summit

Shrum
Shrum

OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O., will address the medical school’s response to changing demands in the health care industry at the EXPLORE: Oklahoma Heathcare Summit 2014 on Friday at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman.

The keynote luncheon presentation, “Update on Oklahoma Medical Schools Response to Changing Environment,” will focus on the current state of the health care industry and the anticipated need for physician workforce development in Oklahoma in the next several years.  She will be presenting with M. Dewayne Andrews, M.D., senior vice president and provost of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Shrum will discuss OSU-CHS’ efforts to recruit, train and retain physicians in rural and underserved Oklahoma, including Operation Orange summer camps, the Blue Coat to White Coat program, Early Admissions programs with university partners across the state, Rural Health Track and developing rural residency programs.

The two-day conference, offered free to medical students and residents, will examine many aspects of the health care industry. Visit the EXPLORE: Oklahoma Heathcare Summit 2014 website for more information.

Thompson, Castle named OSU in Tulsa United Way Campaign co-chairs

Karen Castle, left, and Dan Thompson have been selected as the OSU in Tulsa United Way Campaign co-chairs.
Karen Castle, left, and Dan Thompson have been selected as the OSU in Tulsa United Way Campaign co-chairs.

Dan Thompson, coordinator of instructional design, assessment and educational technology at OSU-CHS, and Karen Castle, OSU-Tulsa President’s Office executive assistant, were recently selected to be co-chairs of the OSU in Tulsa United Way Campaign. OSU Center for Health Sciences and OSU-Tulsa have set a joint-goal of raising $60,000 for 2014.

Thompson, Castle and a committee of volunteers will organize events, contests and other activities as part of the annual campaign. Donations support the Tulsa Area United Way and its 61 partner agencies, which serve nearly 550,000 people in a six-county area. More information will be announced as planning gets underway.

In addition to the campaign, OSU in Tulsa will be participating in the Tulsa Area United Way Day of Caring on Friday, Sept. 5. Volunteers will be working on projects at Eugene Field Elementary School and lunch will be provided. To sign up for Day of Caring, email chsoutreach@okstate.edu.

Registration open for state rural health conference

Rural Health Conference Logo

More than 200 health care professionals from across Oklahoma will gather in Norman on Sept. 17-18 for a conference examining the state of rural health care in Oklahoma. The event is being hosted by the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Office of Rural Health and sponsored by OSU-CHS.

“The Rural Health Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together for Oklahoma” will cover a variety of topics related to telehealth, rural hospitals, public health issues, research and health care policy.

Registration for the conference, which takes place at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, is $165 for admission to the full conference or $50 for students. For a complete schedule, visit the conference website.

Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Conference set

The OSU Center for Family Resilience will host a special fall edition of the annual Linking Geriatrics and Gerontology conference on Friday, Sept. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Wes Watkins Center in Stillwater.

This year’s conference titled “Breaking the Silence: Elder Abuse, Care and Resilience,” will focus on a variety of issues related to Oklahoma’s aging population.

The event is open to the public and lunch will be provided. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the conference website.

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