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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015

Research Spotlight: Study seeks to improve health care through cultural competency

Volberding
Volberding

The ability to communicate effectively and understand cultural differences is crucial to delivering high-quality health care. Jennifer Volberding, Ph.D., athletic training program director and assistant professor at OSU-CHS, is researching ways to educate health care professionals about cultural communication to improve responsiveness to patient needs.

“We want to ensure that every person, regardless of background, is provided the best care possible and that clinicians are prepared to take the cultural intricacies of an individual into consideration when making a health care decision,” she said. “We want to identify tools students in health care programs can use to be successful practitioners in addition to hands-on clinical and evaluation skills.”

Learning about other cultures will provide health care professionals the information necessary to effectively communicate with patients and determine appropriate treatment, Volberding noted. Emotional intelligence also is required, particularly with patients in stressful situations. Emotional intelligence is the ability of individuals to recognize their own and other people’s emotions and use that information to guide thinking and behavior, she said. Read more.

Rural Health Focus Fair spotlights organizations, residencies

Charles Bingham, OMSIII, speaks with  second-year students Kaleb Vaughn, Rachel Wirginis and Benjamin Cesarz during  the mini speed conferences for Rural Health Focus Week.
Charles Bingham, OMSIII, speaks with second-year students Kaleb Vaughn, Rachel Wirginis and Benjamin Cesarz during the mini speed conferences for Rural Health Focus Week.

Second-year medical students made the rounds to learn about rural health organizations and residencies on Nov. 23 during the Rural Health Focus Week mini speed conferences.

About 20 groups set up tables to provide students information about their programs, including Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talahina, the National Rural Health Association, Tahlequah Internal Medicine Residency program, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Cherokee Tribal Health Systems, Family Medicine Residency in Enid and others. Brock Slabach, senior vice president for member services for the National Rural Heath Association, also spoke to students during the week’s events.

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s primary mission is to recruit, educate and train physicians who will practice in rural and underserved communities to improve health care access.

Celebrate the holidays at the Faculty and Staff Reception

Faculty and staff are invited to join the OSU-CHS administration at a special reception from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday in Founders Hall to celebrate the holiday season.

OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O., William Pettit, D.O., OSU-CHS provost, Eric Polak, vice president for administration and finance, and Johnny Stephens, Pharm.D., chief operating officer and interim vice president for research, are expected to be at the event to celebrate the holiday season.

The event will include refreshments, door prizes and entertainment. For additional information, contact the Outreach and Special Events team.

The OSU-CHS Family

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The family atmosphere at OSU Center for Health Sciences creates a unique learning environment for medical and graduate students that values camaraderie, responsibility and hard work. OSU-CHS fosters an environment of collaboration between in medicine, biomedical sciences, forensic sciences, health care administration and athletic training. The connectivity between disciplines ensures physicians and other health care providers have access to the latest medical breakthroughs to provide the best quality care for Oklahomans.

Watch this video to learn more from students and faculty about what makes OSU-CHS an excellent choice for medical and graduate students.

 

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