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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Obesity medicine course provides therapeutic foundation for students

obesity medicine focus course
Joanie Dotson, of the Tulsa Health Department, left, Michelle Carlton, of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Suzanne Cyrus, health and wellness facilitator for Jenks Public Schools and Vicki Wagner, of the Tulsa Health Department participated in a panel discussion as part of an obesity medicine course for medical students at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Increasing the number of physicians who have received training in treating obesity, a complex condition with high costs, is the goal behind a course being offered at OSU-COM. The Obesity Medicine Focus Course is an intensive, week-long endeavor to increase knowledge of obesity among second-year medical students.

“Obesity is a complex chronic disease which requires a broad therapeutic approach,” said Colony Fugate, D.O., medical director of the OSU Family Health and Nutrition Clinic, clinical associate professor of pediatrics at OSU Center for Health Sciences and co-coordinator of the course. “OSU is at the forefront in teaching obesity medicine. I am unaware of any other obesity medicine curriculum in the nation that is as comprehensive as ours.”

The Obesity Medicine Focus Course utilizes an evidence-based approach to the prevention, assessment and management of obesity. The course is required for second-year medical students as part of a new curriculum implemented by the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. Read more.

STATE Magazine: Breaking ground for a healthier Oklahoma

Breaking ground

A new planned state-of-the-art training facility at the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa will help OSU transform medical education in Oklahoma.

“The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building will provide our medical students a significant advantage through an educational experience that closely mimics a real hospital or patient-care setting,” says Dr. Kayse Shrum, OSU-CHS president and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. “The facility will also serve as a continuing-education center offering training to the many physicians and health care professionals caring for our state’s citizens.”

OSU-CHS broke ground for the 84,000-square foot facility in October. Read more.

OSU in Tulsa Research Day poster deadline approaches

Students and faculty make poster presentations during last year’s OSU in Tulsa Research Day.
OSU-CHS graduate student Christian Heck describes his research project during OSU in Tulsa Research Day last year.

There is still time to submit posters and abstracts to participate in OSU in Tulsa Research Day on Feb. 18-19.

Posters must be submitted by Monday, Jan. 25. The maximum size for posters is 42 inches by 56 inches. Abstracts are due by Feb. 10. To submit an abstract, visit the OSU in Tulsa Research Day website.

For additional information, email Amanda Benn, health care administration program manager and Research Day organizer.

MLK Jr. Day to honor late civil rights leader

No classes are scheduled and business offices will be closed on Monday in commemoration of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to walk with Pistol Pete and newly crowned Miss OSU in the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade at 11 a.m. This year’s parade theme is “One Race…The Human Race.”

The parade will begin at the intersection of John Hope Franklin Boulevard and Detroit Avenue and proceed east through the OSU-Tulsa campus to Greenwood Avenue. From there, the procession will travel south through the historic Greenwood District and will end at Archer Street and Elgin Avenue. The parade is organized by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society of Tulsa.

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