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RoundsApril 2006
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# OSU Medical School Among Nation's Best # Symposium Focuses on Drug Resistance # D.O. Day in OKC
# OSU Pride Works # Healthy Partnership # Koins for Katrina
# In Memorium: Dr. John Barson # SNMA Health Fair at Eugene Field # Residency Fair
# Volunteers at Eugene Field # Round of Applause # Osteopathic Run=Fun
# New Residency Scholarships Announced # Howdy! # New Employees

OSU Medical School Among Nation’s Best

OSU Medical School amon nation's bestOklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is listed among the nation’s best medical schools in the U.S.News & World Report "2007 Best Graduate Schools Guide".

This is the sixth straight year for the OSU medical school to be listed by the publication.

OSU Medicine is
  • 20th in rural medicine
  • 45th in primary care

The U.S. News guide analyzes medical schools in selected fields such as health care and medicine.

"Training and educating primary care physicians for rural and underserved Oklahoma is at the heart of our mission," says John Fernandes, D.O., M.B.A., president and dean of OSU's medical school. "Producing excellent doctors and keeping Oklahomans healthy is our mandate and we are gratified to be recognized for our commitment."

OSU’s medical school was created in 1972 to prepare primary care physicians for Oklahoma.  The school has graduated more than 2,000 doctors.  Nearly 60% are in active primary care practice in the state, many in rural or underserved areas. It is estimated that the economic impact to each community from each OSU physician is $1 million annually.

OSU Pride Works

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt”

Drs. Greg Gray, Chris Glendenning and Danny Thomason at last year’s Special Olympics Oklahoma. Glendenning is returning as the health promotions clinical director for the event.
Drs. Greg Gray, Chris Glendenning and Danny Thomason at last year's Special Olympics Oklahoma. Glendenning is returning as the health promotions clinical director for the event.

Dr. Chris Glendenning, assistant professor of family medicine, has another title he is just as proud of. He is the Special Olympics Oklahoma health promotions clinical director.

This year’s 37th Summer Games in Oklahoma is the largest amateur sporting event in the state. It will be held May 10-12 at OSU-Stillwater.

Heading a team of OSU volunteers at last years Special Olympics event at OSU- Stillwater, he oversaw a health promotion effort for athletes from “eight to 80.”  Glendenning spent a week at training, where he learned about health promotions and the Special Olympics.  Then he rounded up volunteers and headed to Stillwater to supervise activities that included information on nutrition, sun safety, skin care, smoking cessation, blood tests, height, weight and body fat checks.

“Last year we saw more than 100 athletes, but we were in an out-of-the-way location.  This year we expect to see many of the 4,000 athletes that attend,” he says.

He enjoys helping the athletes learn about health.  “This is a fun population to work with.  They are glad to be participating and they appreciate what we do for them,” Glendenning says. 

He would like to add substance abuse information to the list of health topics.  “We know the use of tobacco in this population is low, but we really don’t know about alcohol use,” Glendenning says.

The event provides the opportunity for research.  Glendenning said finger sticks are tested for glucose and cholesterol levels to see if there is a relationship to developmental disabilities.  He hopes to add bone density screening as a future research area.

Glendenning looks forward to the upcoming games and welcomes volunteers, including physicians, medical students, health professionals and others.

Dr. Traci Carney, who helped last year, says volunteers provide first aid and a ready supply of water and sunscreen. “The athletes really appreciate it.  They always say ‘thank you.’”


In Memorium:  Dr. John Barson

Dr. John Barson
John Barson, Ed.D.,
Sept. 11, 1928 - Feb. 19, 2006

 Dr. John Barson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend died on February 19, 2006 of prostate cancer.  He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him and benefited from his friendship, support and wise and understanding counsel.

John was born in Glassport, Pennsylvania, the youngest child of Romanian immigrants.  He was fortunate to grow up in Dearborn, Michigan where Henry Ford saw to it that the schools were staffed with the finest teachers and the best equipment.  This is where John developed the love of learning, music and art.  John always had a lively interest in music, playing the saxophone and clarinet in a dance band in high school and college.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, he earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in education at Wayne State University, specializing in educational systems and audiovisual education.  In 1950, John married Eleonora M. Buta, a resident of Salem, Ohio. 

A leader in public television in the 1950’s, John directed and produced education programs at WTVS in Detroit, Michigan.  He later pioneered what is now known as distance learning, directing a project between the Detroit Public Schools and Purdue University.  This was achieved by broadcasting television signals from an airplane over specific areas that allowed many schools to receive lectures from a single source in an era prior to the launching of satellites. 

In the early 1960s, he joined the faculty at Michigan State University in East Lansing, where he enjoyed an illustrious career.  As professor and director of the office of Medical Education, Research and Development, he revised the basic science and clinical teaching methods and was an early proponent of the systems approach to learning, which he helped integrate into the medical school curriculum at Michigan State and other universities internationally.  As associate dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, he was a member of the Counsel of Medical School Deans.

In the early 1970s, he was recruited by the legislature of the State of Oklahoma to found and develop the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, which is now the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.  The college was the first state supported freestanding college of osteopathic medicine in the United States.  The beautiful campus was built on the banks of the Arkansas River.  In honor of this accomplishment, the Oklahoma State Regents dedicated the John Barson Administration Building at the new medical campus.  As reported in U.S. News and World Report, the college is ranked in the top 20 medical schools in the country for the training of family practice physicians.  John was in high demand as a consultant in medical education at many institutions, both in the United States and overseas.  Due to his continuing love of big band music, John helped to form a doctor’s dance band that performed at numerous medical events.

In 1986, John and Eleonora moved to San Diego.  John served as a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of California at San Diego, School of Medicine Department of Orthopedics, financial officer and board member for the Ortho-Med Foundation, director of physician professional education at Sharp Healthcare System, president of the La Jolla Professional Men’s Society, director of education of Opera Guilds International, and foundation chairman for the Rotary Club of San Diego.  John continued to participate in his lifelong love of the arts, including La Jolla Cotillion, Que Vive Club, and serving as the co-director of the San Diego Metropolitan Opera Auditions.

He is survived by Eleonora, his wife of 55 years, sons COL. (Ret) John V. Barson, DO, MPH with the CDC in Atlanta, Ga. and wife Gay Lynn, Dr. Thomas Barson, an anesthesiologist in Las Vegas, Nev. and wife Carroll, daughter Nora Barson, an attorney in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and grandchildren Brian, Jenna, Michael, John Kenneth and Catherine, university students.

The memorial service was held on February 25, 2006 in Salem, Ohio.  A Celebration of His Life was held in San Diego on March 11, 2006. Donations to a scholarship in Dr. Barson's memory can be sent to the OSU Foundation, Dr. John Barson Scholarship, 1111 West 17th St., Tulsa, OK  97107.

Dr. Barson’s Leadership Lauded
Dr. Barson was the person who hired me in June of 1974. I was working on my Ph.D. dissertation and had not completed it at the time of my interview. To this day I appreciate the faith he had in me to do the job that needed to be done at the time. The building the school (OCOMS) was to be located in at 9th & Cincinnati was being remodeled and looked like it would not be anywhere near completion in time for the first class in September. He was very optimistic and had a real “can do” attitude and I believe they hired the right man to start the school. He had excellent organizational skills and boundless energy and this translated to the faculty. There were nine of us and it was a monumental task for all of us but we were teaching classes in September as last coats of paint were being applied and final construction being completed.

As I look at where we were and where we are now, a nationally ranked medical school, this is a testament to Dr. Barson.  His vision for an osteopathic medical school in Oklahoma has enabled over 2000 students to become physicians and administer the healing arts to hurting people not only throughout the state of Oklahoma but regionally, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Barson championed the education of students, the faculty, the school, and the osteopathic profession. We have lost a good friend and he will be missed.

Kirby Jarolim, Ph.D.

Volunteers at Eugene Field

Coordinator Elizabeth Nokes spearheaded activities for a busy and productive year with our Partners in Education at Eugene Field Elementary School.

In the fall, second-year medical students helped with Halloween parties.  The children came to our campus for a parade and treats, and serenaded us with Halloween songs. They returned to sing holiday carols at a campus holiday celebration in December.

Faculty, staff and students served as mentors at Eugene Field, where they read, shared lunch, were listening friends, and helped with homework and playground activities.

The CHS Angel Tree provided three to four gifts each for more than 120 Eugene Field students. CHS donors continue to donate to a special fund that helps provide needed items for Eugene Field.  This year, we bought 200 boxes of Valentine cards, and provided cookies and drinks for parties.

Two pet safety (how to avoid dog bites) classes were given by CHS experts in March.

A community garden will emerge this spring as volunteers help build students a flower and vegetable garden.  Since many of the children live in apartments, this gives them an opportunity to see how food is grown.

Student Osteopathic Medicine Association will hold community health fair for students and families in April. CHS Staff Advisory Council will provide lunch.

New Residency Scholarships Announced

Karen Senger, development director, reports that six new $1,000 scholarships for Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine students interested in residency training in emergency medicine have been created by Fifth Avenue Agency and Morningstar Emergency Physicians.

Morningstar Emergency Physicians provides emergency physicians to hospitals in Oklahoma.  Fifth Avenue Agency is an insurance agency that provides medical malpractice insurance and risk transfer options to Oklahoma physicians.  Morningstar is funding the scholarships to promote the specialty and attract the most talented new physicians to emergency medicine. Fifth Avenue Agency’s goal in funding the scholarship is to further raise the standards for education and training.  Scholarship candidates must show proficiency towards emergency medicine, plan to practice medicine in Oklahoma, and be in good academic standing.

Symposium Focuses on Drug Resistance

A symposium on drug resistance in the microbial world and its global effect is the main topic of the Sitlington Infectious Diseases Symposium - "Antimicrobial Drug Resistance". The event is April 24-25 at the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU-Stillwater campus, and is hosted by the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Science. Keynote speaker is Michael W. Dunne, M.D., VP of Clinical Development for Infectious Diseases at Pfizer Global Research and Development.  His topic is "The Global Nature of Antimicrobial Resistance."  Get more information and register online today.

Healthy Partnership

OSU-CHS and the Rotary Club of Tulsa have partnered since March 2004 to provide free immunizations to children and adolescents who qualify. Rotary Club of Tulsa recently contributed $37,500 to help support this program. The immunizations are provided on Wednesday afternoon at OSU Physicians – Houston Park and on Friday at OSU Health Care Center. Since 2004, 2,729 doses of free vaccinations have been provided for 1,082 patients.  An interpreter is provided for Spanish language needs, and educational materials in Spanish also are available to assist the growing Hispanic/Latino population.

SNMA  Health Fair at Eugene Field

Student National Medical Association sponsors the Annual Spring Health Fair at Eugene Field Elementary School on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the school gym. The fair provides health information and services for the students and families of the school. SNMA  aims to raise awareness and educate the students and parents of at the school about community programs. The event features booths giving out information about health, hygiene, and community programs.  Medical students are available for eye/ear and blood pressure checks, cholesterol and glucose screening, and bone density testing for the students and their families.  They also give out boxes of cereal, socks, books, and other items that each student can take home.  There will be free food, door prizes, games, and lots of fun! 

Round of Applause!

Paper published:  Nathan Rapp, MSII, and co-author Michael Sakalian, Ph.D,, associate professor at the OU Health Sciences Center, article, February issue of Virology. The article can be accessed online using Citation for the article:  "Rescue of internal scaffold-deleted Mason-Pfizer monkey virus particle production by plasma membrane targeting."
Virology. 2006 Feb 20;345(2):317-27

Jerry Cozby, purchasing coordinator, recently was awarded a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Gregory’s University, where he plans to begin work on a master’s degree in business management.

Served as a judge for the Science Fair at Heritage Academy, Tulsa;  Attended the session for MSII students on Diversity Leadership for the New Millennium (Part II) presented by Hannibal Johnson, OSU-CHS, Tulsa, OK, Nancy S. Van Winkle, Ph.D.

Submitted test items to the NBOME for consideration for the Level 1 COMLEX; served as a judge for the Tulsa Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at TCC, Tulsa, OK, Vivian Stevens, Ph.D.

Nominated by AOA for CDD’s Advisory Committee on Immunication Practices; Reviewed GlaxoSmithKline Required Training Modules with Certificates on HIB-Mency RDE & SBIR Assessment, HIB-Mency GCP Compliance Assessment, HIB-Mency Safety Assessment, HIB-Mency Monitoring Assessment, and HIB-Mency Diversity Assessment, Stanley E. Grogg, D.O.

Interviewed and also filmed examining patient with Morgellons Disease by Carol Berczuk, producer of ABC News Primetime Live. The broadcast date will be announced.  Approximately 13 million viewers are expected to see the broadcast worldwide featuring OSU and patients with Morgellons Disease, W. Steve Eddy, D.O., Rhonda Casey, D.O., and Randy Wymore, Ph.D.

Reviewed a textbook: Psychology: Unity and Diversity, 1e (Thomson Wadsworth Publishers), Sherril M. Stone, Ph.D.

Reviewed a book for American Association of Anatomists News.  Dr. Bill Meek.

Reviewed a manuscript for Journal of Biomedical Optic.  Dr. Joseph Price.

Newsmedia interview with ABC news online reporter Amanda Onion, about the Mesozoic mammaliaform “Castorocauda”, Dr. Anne Weil.

“A Naturally Occurring Fatal Case of Herpesvirus papio 2 Pneumonia in an Infant Baboon (Papio hamadryas anubis),” Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, 45:64-68, 2006 Dr. Earl Blewett.

“The Forensic Dental Side of Your Practice” and “Forensic Dentistry in Mass Disasters,” presented at the Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting, Chicago, IL, Dr. Tom Glass.

Moderator for The Brain and Pain – OUCH!!!  And “The Initiation of a Pain Signal and Ways to Stop It,” for The Brain and Pain – OUCH!!!, Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience NeuroNight, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City, Dr. Ken Miller.

Judged science fair at Heritage Academy (grades 3-5), Drs. Randall Davis, Charles Sanny, Kent Smith and Brett Herzog, lab assistant.




Student Ambassadors Anne Morgan and Janna Burkus help Leah Haines welcome Britney Else of Tulsa to
Med-xtravaganza 2006.  The event showcases educational opportunities at OSU-CHS.







Sarah Quinten welcomes Deacon Vice to the
2006 Med-xtravaganza.  Vice was among more
than 200 registrants at this year's event.

D.O. Day in OKC

D.O. Day in OKC
Students board BOB for their trip to visit OOA and the state capital.  Students met with legislators and were introduced on the floor of the legislative chambers.

Residency Fair

residency fair

Alumnus Chris Thurman, D.O., discusses residency options with Ryan Sullivan and Nathan Rapp at the annual Residency Fair.

Koins for Katrina

Koins for Katrina
Ryan Miller presents Bridge student Tracie Calloway with a check from alumni affairs matching the $216.57 raised by students to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. The funds go to the American Red Cross. The drive, a competition between first and second year students, was sponsored by Student Senate.

Osteopathic Run = Fun!

More than 80 runners participated in the 27th annual Osteopathic Run, which benefited the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless’ Nurses Clinic. Run organizers said seven boxes of usable athletic shoes were collected to donate to the center, along with a monetary donation from run proceeds. 

Osteopathic Run = Fun!
Gary Slick, Richard Wansley, Elizabeth Frame, Lucky Lamons,
John Fernandes, Leigh Goodson and Dana Livingston gather on race morning.

Amanda Cain and Duke hit the trail

Amanda Cain and
Duke hit the trail.






Mathew Mote and Madeline
show their OSU Pride!

Mathew Mote and Madeline show their OSU pride!



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