Graduate Medical Education Newsletter October - December 2020

The University is proactively monitoring COVID-19. Stay updated with the latest information and what’s being done to protect the OU community.

OUHSC COVID-19 RETURN PLAN –updated Sept. 11, 2020

Substantive changes are summarized below: To read complete Return Plan, click here.

  1. The process for addressing sanitizing needs when a COVID-19 individual has been in academic or department space has been updated, based on the increased frequency of cleaning and updated transmission data. (Section VI.B.2 of the Return Plan)
  2. Instructions for who must complete the online Screening and Reporting Tool have been streamlined (Section VIII). Travel, 7-day absence from campus, and attendance at events of 10 or more no longer require submission of the Tool. The Tool MUST be submitted in 4 instances: 1) When you have symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19. 2) When you have a positive COVID-19 test or are awaiting COVID-19 test results. 3) When you have been in close contact (defined as being within 6 feet for approximately 15 minutes of someone who is COVID-19 positive or who is awaiting COVID-19 test results). 4) When you have a household member who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  3. Travel (Section IX of the Return Plan) has been updated to reflect that University domestic and international travel are permitted by the dean to be mission critical, as defined in the section. Click here for FAQ's for Domestic & International Travel.
  4. Visitor/Vendor (Section VIII.B) must complete the online Tool before their first visit to campus and after that, only if they meet the other instances, such as having COVID-19 symptoms. Click here for FAQ's for Visitor/Vendor and completing the online Tool.

Resources for the Times

The unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic is testing our individual and collective resilience in the face of crisis. Click here to find helpful resources from the ACGME.

Click here for some great tips on sustaining yourself during the coronavirus crisis.

Podcasts for Health Professionals

  1. Life After Residency: Get your Financial Life in Order
  2. Docs Outside the Box-Ordinary Doctors Doing Extraordinary Things
  3. The Pulse by Wharton Digital Health
  4. Ten Percent Happier
  5. The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, MD
  6. Second Opinion

Minority Housestaff Association

The OU-Tulsa Graduate Medical Education Office is currently in the process of developing a Minority Housestaff Association. These organizations have becoming increasingly popular at several institutions across the nation, and would be committed to the overall well-being and professional development of groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine, including but not limited to Black, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, and underrepresented Asian populations. Opportunities for cross-specialty social events, mentorship, community outreach, and recruitment would be provided.

If you are interested in learning more information, or being in the stages of development and leadership, please contact Ekene Ezenwa, PGY-1 at ekene-a-ezenwa@ouhsc.edu.

New Program Director in Family & Community Medicine

Congratulations to Viviane Sachs, MD on being named Program Director in the department of Family & Community Medicine. Dr. Sachs completed her residency in Rural Family Medicine, Mountain Area Health Education Center, Hendersonville, NC in 2016. She has been in the department since then and has served as Associate Program Director since 2019.

New Chair Appointed in Surgery

After a very competitive, national search, M. Timothy ‘Tim’ Nelson, MD has agreed to join the School of Community Medicine as Professor and Chair of Surgery effective January 19, 2021, and will occupy the Shepard Thompson Clingan Chair.

Dr. Nelson is currently Professor and Chief of the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery within the Department of Surgery at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. In the past he served as the Residency Program Director at UNM. He is a Director of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colo-Rectal Surgery, and is the immediate past President of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery. Dr. Nelson is a well-recognized teacher, surgeon and administrator.

Thank you, Dr. Tony Howard for your service as Chair of the Surgery Department. Happy retirement!

Board Certification

Congratulations to the following programs whose 2020 graduates have so far taken and passed their respective specialty boards. Best of luck to those programs who will be taking board exams in the coming months

  • Obstetrics & Gynecology - all 2020 graduates passed
  • Family & Community Medicine - all June 2020 graduates passed
  • Emergency Medicine - all 2020 graduates are in process of certification
  • Internal Medicine - all 2020 graduates passed
  • Psychiatry & Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - awaiting results from September 14 & 15
  • Child Abuse Pediatrics - first fellow graduate in the program, Lauren Conway, DO has passed
  • Pediatrics - will take October 13, 14, 15
  • General Surgery - exam dates have yet to be determined due to the pandemic
  • Vascular Surgery - exam dates have yet to be determined due to the pandemic

Reading is Departure and Arrival

The GME office has a few suggestions on some GREAT reads. Check them out!

Yolanda Gomez, MD - "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson. A powerful true story about the Equal Justice Initiative, the people it represents, and the importance of confronting injustice. "What the Eyes Don't See" by Mona Hanna-Attisha. A powerful first-hand account of the Flint water crisis, the signature environmental disaster of our time, and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy.

Nancy Enkelmann - "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett. A novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.

Kris Rider - "Grandma Gatewood's Walk" by Ben Montgomery. The inspiring true story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail.

We would love to know what you are reading. Let me know Kris-Rider@ouhsc.edu

The role of a clown and a physician are the same - it's to elevate the possible and to relieve suffering." - Patch Adams 
The young physician starts life with 20 drugs for each disease, and the old physician ends life with one drug for 20 diseases." - William Osler 
The best six doctors anywhere and no one can deny it are sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise, and diet." - Wayne Fields

Wellness & Educational Opportunities

Find newsletters, fact sheets, and online workshops, webinars and other wellness activities by clicking on the links below. Find new and exciting things to do in and around Tulsa as well as several online seminars through OU Tulsa Human Resources and the ACGME. Have you set up your OU Tulsa Wellness Portal account? Do it TODAY!

Your GME Office

Yolanda Gomez, DIO, Admin Building, 2B40, (918) 660-3095

Melissa Geyer, GME Manager, Admin Building, 2G06, (918) 660-3505

Richard Bryant, GME Finance Officer, Admin Building, 2G04, (918) 660-3085

Kris Rider, GME Coordinator, Admin Building, 2G03, (918) 660-3076

Nancy Enkelmann, Administrative Support, Admin Building, 2G05, (918) 660-3504

Do you have newsworthy topics and/or individuals in your departments you would like to highlight in the GME newsletter, please let Kris Rider (kris-rider@ouhsc.edu) know.


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