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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

OSU-CHS, Walgreens celebrate opening of downtown pharmacy

Paul Blankenship, market vice president for Walgreens, left, Eric Polak, vice president for administration and finance at OSU-CHS and Pharmacy Manager Luke Haley, Pharm.D., stand in the new Walgreens pharmacy at OSU’s Houston Center.
Paul Blankenship, market vice president for Walgreens, left, Eric Polak, vice president for administration and finance at OSU-CHS and Pharmacy Manager Luke Haley, Pharm.D., stand in the new Walgreens pharmacy.

OSU-CHS and Walgreens hosted a grand opening ceremony on Tuesday for the new pharmacy located on the first floor of OSU-CHS' Houston Center, 717 S. Houston Ave., in downtown Tulsa.

The Walgreens is a full-service pharmacy offering pharmacists specially trained to provide one-on-one consultations with patients managing common and complex conditions.

Visitors were able to tour the remodeled facility and meet with the on-staff pharmacy team. Construction on the Walgreens pharmacy began in November and was completed during the holiday break.

The pharmacy, under the direction of Pharmacy Manager Luke Haley, Pharm.D., officially opened to the public on Wednesday with store hours running 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To contact Walgreens, call 918-585-1957.

Slick appointed to ACGME board as part of accreditation system transition

Slick
Slick

Gary Slick, D.O., chief academic officer of the Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma and professor of internal medicine at OSU-CHS, has been appointed to represent the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The action came as the American Osteopathic Association and AACOM became member organizations in ACGME, and the agency prepares to begin the transition toward implementing a single accreditation system for all U.S. graduate medical education programs.

The single accreditation system will enable graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency or fellowship education in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common milestones and competencies. The ACGME and AOA currently maintain separate accreditation systems for allopathic and osteopathic educational programs.

Election of new members to the ACGME Board of Directors nominated by AOA and AACOM accompanies the establishment of member organization status, and is part of the agreement reached in early 2014 by the three organizations. Slick is one of two new appointees representing AACOM on the ACGME board. 

Center for Health Systems Innovation targets atrial fibrillation in new study

The OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation will be joining several OSU Rural Health Network primary care physicians in a ground-breaking study to discover incidence and management of silent atrial fibrillation.

A growing problem in health care is the clinical and financial impact of asymptomatic atrial fibrillation because it is most regularly found after stroke. Research has shown that early detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation with oral anticoagulants reduces strokes by 64 percent.

This semester, CHSI will launch a project looking into the rural incidence of silent atrial fibrillation by utilizing a new handheld electrocardiogram (ECG) device, The AliveCor® Heart Monitor, a mobile, clinical-quality ECG recorder which snaps onto an iPod, iPhone or other smart phone models. While holding the device, a patient can learn in 30 seconds whether he or she is experiencing atrial fibrillation. This FDA-approved device is user-friendly, fast to produce results and an affordable resource for rural clinics. 

The OSU study, entitled “Incidence and Management of Silent Atrial Fibrillation in Rural Healthcare Centers of Northeastern Oklahoma,” is headed by lead investigators William Paiva, CHSI’s executive director; Kathryn Farguson, D.O., OSU cardiology fellow; D. Matthew Wilkett, D.O., clinical assistant professor of Internal Medicine-Cardiology and Patrick Henderson, D.O., internal medicine resident. OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine medical student sub-investigators are Philip Sinnett, Elizabeth DeWitt, Amritanshu Singh, Sherrita Polk and Dave Peyok.

MAPS conference introduces minority college students to medical school

Shcarry Chatmon, MSII, left, gives undergraduate students from several Oklahoma universities a tour of OSU-COM during the first MAPS conference on Saturday.
Shcarry Chatmon, MSII, left, gives undergraduate students from several Oklahoma universities a tour of OSU-COM during the first MAPS conference on Saturday.

Thirty-five college students from across Oklahoma attended OSU-COM’s first Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students conference on Saturday.

The event targeted minority undergraduates with an interest in pursuing medicine and provided information about entering medical school and becoming a physician.

“The students said they enjoyed the conference and learned a lot. This was the first time OSU-COM has done anything like this so we are happy things went so well,” said Shcarry Chatmon, MSII, MAPS chapter liaison and conference chair. “Students got to do mock interviews, hands-on demonstrations and network with physicians.”

An initiative of the Student National Medical Association, MAPS works to promote diversity in all aspects of medicine and patient care.

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