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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, may 14, 2015

Graduation ceremony tops off week of preparation, activities

OSU-CHS students prepare to receive their diplomas at last year's commencement ceremony.
Michael R. Noland, founder of Integrated Wealth, discusses financial planning with OSU-CHS students at the Alumni Breakfast on Wednesday.

The OSU-CHS Commencement Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center following a flurry of preparation and activities ahead of the event.

Graduates should arrive no later than 5:30 p.m. at the PAC, 110 E. Second Street. Graduates and guests are asked to allow extra time to find parking for the event. Parking is limited downtown and fees vary from lot to lot. Shuttle service is available to the PAC beginning at 5 p.m. from Lot A on Greenwood Avenue at the OSU-Tulsa campus.

Doors will open to the public at 6 p.m.

Michael Dunlap, Class of 2015 president, will deliver the commencement address. The ceremony will be streamed live on OState.TV.

OSU-COM alumni named OOA Rookie Physicians of the Year

Phung, left, and Shepherd
Phung, left, and Shepherd

Binh T. Phung, D.O., OSU-CHS clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, and Sarah Shepherd, D.O., with Tulsa OB/GYN Associates, recently were named Rookie Physicians of the Year by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association.

Phung is a hospitalist at the Saint Francis Children’s Hospital and OSU Medical Center and a part-time provider for Children’s and Adolescent Medical Services Inc. He earned his D.O. at OSU-CHS in 2010.

He is the first individual in OSU-COM history to receive back-to-back awards since graduating from medical school in 2010. Those are OSU-COM Student Doctor of the Year, OSU Alumni Association Student Doctor of the Year, OSU Medical Center Resident of the Year and the American Osteopathic Foundation National Outstanding Resident of the Year.

Shepherd earned her D.O. degree from OSU-COM in 2009. She completed her internship and obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Oklahoma. She won an OSU Alumni Association award in 2009 recognizing her outstanding leadership, scholarship and commitment to community. She has been active in the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as a junior fellow serving as vice chair and chair of the Oklahoma section.

Erbacher presented medal at AOCR awards ceremony

Erbacher
Erbacher

George Erbacher, D.O., adjunct clinical assistant professor of radiology at OSU-CHS and OSU Medical Center graduate medical education committee chair, was presented the 2015 Dr. Floyd J. Trenery Memorial Medal at the American Osteopathic College of Radiology annual award ceremony on April 22.

He was awarded the medal for his outstanding service to the AOCR didactic program. The medal is one of the highest honors given to an AOCR member.

Erbacher also is the vascular/interventional radiology fellowship program director at OSUMC and is a member of the OSU-COM advisory board to the OSU/A&M Board of Regents. Erbacher was named an AOCR Fellow in 1998.

New student anesthesiology club to provide information, enhance education

Student members of the Oklahoma State University College of Medicine Anesthesiology Student Interest Group are, from left, Bryan Gibson, Stan Brown, Conner Johnson, Katrina Lin, Ryan Johnston, Stephen Cates, Camille Martinez, Shawna Passman, Riley Hedin, Pauli Wheeler, Dru Albin, Sobhan Daneshfar, Devin Leslie, Daniel Watkins, Brittany Bolt and Justin Parks.
Student members of the OSU College of Medicine Anesthesiology Student Interest Group are, from left, Bryan Gibson, Stan Brown, Conner Johnson, Katrina Lin, Ryan Johnston, Stephen Cates, Camille Martinez, Shawna Passman, Riley Hedin, Pauli Wheeler, Dru Albin, Sobhan Daneshfar, Devin Leslie, Daniel Watkins, Brittany Bolt and Justin Parks.

A new student organization focused on anesthesiology has been created to provide OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine students with information about a career in the field and opportunities to network with anesthesiologists throughout Oklahoma.

Daniel Watkins, vice president of the Class of 2018, is the driving force behind the new group.

“I wanted to start this club initially because I have a strong interest in practicing anesthesiology in rural Oklahoma,” he said. “However, when I began to inquire about starting the club, I found that there are a lot of misconceptions about what anesthesiology is and is not.”

Anesthesiology is a distinct residency requiring three to four years of post-graduate education and training and career paths include work in critical care, obstetrics, adult cardiothoracic, pediatric and pain care.

More than 50 first-year medical students have expressed interest in joining OSU-COM ASIG. Ken Miller, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at OSU-COM, has agreed to be faculty sponsor.

To read the full story, visit the OSU-CHS website.

Graduate students inspire elementary students to consider science careers

Caila Shaw, left, presents her research poster to OSU-CHS graduate student Kathleen Ahles and co-researcher Logan Smith.
Caila Shaw, left, presents her research poster to OSU-CHS graduate student Kathleen Ahles and co-researcher Logan Smith.

Fourth-grade Eugene Field Elementary School students Caila Shaw and Logan Smith presented a scientific poster on the salt content of potato chips like professional researchers.

“We found the chips that tasted more salty actually had less salt than the ones that didn’t taste salty,” Shaw said.

A group of OSU-CHS graduate students were the first to complete a new course training them how to develop and institute a scientific outreach program at Eugene Field. The goal is to spark children’s interest in science.

“The Scientific Outreach course provides OSU-CHS graduate students the opportunity to replace kids’ preconceived notions of science with real world examples,” said Kathleen Curtis, Ph.D., OSU-CHS associate professor of physiology and course coordinator.

To read the full story, visit the OSU-CHS website.

Energy Conservation Program reaches $3.6 million in savings 

Going Green

OSU-CHS has saved $1.7 million in energy costs since 2007 due to the university’s green initiative, nearly half of the overall $3.6 million in savings by OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa combined.

“Savings are a direct result of the choices made every day by students, faculty and staff ,” said Angelyn Holmes, assistant director of the physical plant. “The behavior-based program asks each person to be an energy consumer as well as an energy saver. With everyone working together, we have become a model of thoughtful stewardship of our financial and environmental resources.”

The program, including standardized best practices and guidelines that promote responsible energy management, is designed to limit utility energy consumption primarily when buildings and spaces are unoccupied.

The standardized best practices in the program – shutting off lights, powering off computers and monitors when not in use, keeping windows closed and lowering blinds on south and west sides of buildings – are things most people do at home to save money and conserve energy.

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