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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, August 25, 2016

Alumni Affairs provides link between physicians and medical students

Participants in the OSU-COM Murray Crow D.O. Memorial Golf Tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Club at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in July prepare to take to the greens.
Participants in the OSU-COM Murray Crow D.O. Memorial Golf Tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Club at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in July prepare to take to the greens.

The Office of Alumni Affairs provides a way for OSU-COM graduates to give back to their school and support current medical students as they work to become doctors.

“We are there from day one. We are a service to students and a network for alumni,” said Ryan Miller, director of Alumni Affairs. “I believe we are an important bridge between our current and future physicians.”

At the beginning of each year, Alumni Affairs awards a grant that is divided among student organizations to help fund club activities. The office also plans a breakfast or lunch during orientation week to explain to new medical students how the alumni group can help them throughout medical school and after graduation, he said. Read more.

Medical students to develop interpersonal skills from senior mentors

First-year medical students Mona Bahavar, left, and Stephen Tran, right, meet their senior mentor Randy Elliott during a luncheon on Tuesday in Founders Hall.
First-year medical students Mona Bahavar, left, and Stephen Tran, right, meet their senior mentor Randy Elliott during a luncheon on Tuesday in Founders Hall.

First-year medical students met their senior mentors during a luncheon on Tuesday as part of an effort to help students develop an understanding of the health needs of older adults. A second group of first-year medical students will meet their senior mentors next Tuesday.

In its fourth year, the Senior Mentor program pairs healthy older adults with medical students to help them develop the interpersonal skills needed to build relationships with patients. The program is part of the Developing the Physician course, a two-year curriculum that includes service-learning activities, patient simulations, shadowing non-physician health care providers and other activities.

During the mentor program, students meet twice per semester to discuss a variety of topics including the mentor’s life history, nutrition and end-of-life issues. The first-year medical students will interact with their mentors for the next two years.

Resource Fair planned for people living with HIV or AIDS

A National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit about AIDS history is on display in Founders Hall until Sept. 4
A National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit about AIDS history is on display in Founders Hall until Sept. 4.

OSU-CHS will host a special event from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday in Founders Hall to connect HIV or AIDS patients with local resources.

Several organizations will provide information during the resource fair, including the Grateful Day Foundation, Friend for a Friend, Walgreens, Tulsa CARES, H.O.P.E., the OSU-CHS Medical Library and OSU Internal Medicine Specialty Services Clinic.

The event coincides with the close of the National Library of Medicine traveling display, "Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture" in Founders Hall. The exhibit will end on Sept. 4. The fair is free and open to the public. Snacks will be served.

Participants complete new OSU Pride Works program

OSU employees participate in the “OSU Pride Works: Quality Service Initiative” certificate program launched during the spring semester.
OSU employees participate in the “OSU Pride Works: Quality Service Initiative” certificate program launched during the spring semester.

Sixteen employees have completed the “OSU Pride Works: Quality Service Initiative” certificate program launched by OSU in Tulsa Human Resources this spring to help staff improve customer service skills.

OSU-CHS certificate recipients include Helen Bailey, human resources specialist; Brenda Calhoun, academic assistant in pathology; Cidney Dirickson, classroom technical specialist; Ashley Groom, medical education program specialist; Carol Holly, academic assistant in biochemistry and microbiology; Rebecca Hutton, budget and finance customer service representative; Theodoshia Knauls, budget and finance specialist; Lee Stidham, receptionist; Angela Surratt, telehealth help desk specialist; Sherrita Sweet, clinical resource coordinator; Charyl Turner, budget and finance specialist; Shaun Underwood, budget and finance coordinator and Monica Williams, help desk administrator.

Team members attended five hours of in-class instruction and finished at least five of seven online courses. In addition, they attended the Ignite Your Passion Spring Staff Conference and created position-specific service standards. Planning is underway for new classes this fall. To learn more about the certificate program and to find out how to enroll, visit the OSU Pride Works website.

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