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February 2014

OSU-COM to Offer International Clinical Rotations in Gulu, Uganda

Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine students will soon have the opportunity to complete an international medical training rotation in Gulu, Uganda, through a partnership between the college and Saint Monica’s Girls Vocational School.

“Research shows international clinical experience increases the probability that a medical student will pursue a career in primary care,” said OSU Center for Health Sciences President Kayse Shrum. “This experience also helps students improve their diagnostic skills and become more empathetic and culturally sensitive physicians.”

The international rotation announcement was made as part the OSU Center for Health Science’s 25th anniversary celebration of the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery joining the OSU system. Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, head of Saint Monica’s, was the featured guest for the commemoration.

“Everyone at OSU-CHS is excited to launch this global partnership with Sister Rosemary by offering our students and faculty an international clinical experience in Gulu, Uganda,” said Dr. Robin Dyer, president of the OSU-CHS faculty senate.

Plans are underway to offer the international rotation opportunity to students, medical residents and faculty starting in June. The OSU-COM student chapter of Pros for Africa has conducted medical mission trips to Saint Monica’s.

“Our partnership with OSU Center for Health Sciences is really going strong,” said Sister Rosemary during the presentation announcing the partnership. “You all have jumped on board to support our mission.”

OSU-CHS has also adopted Saint Monica’s as an international education partner, ensuring continued collaboration between OSU-CHS students, faculty and staff and the students in Uganda. The partnership will also enable international educational opportunities between Saint Monica’s students and children at Eugene Field Elementary in Tulsa, OSU-CHS’ Partner in Education school.

Saint Monica’s is a vocational training program for girls and women whose lives have been devastated by the civil war in Uganda and South Sudan. Students at Saint Monica’s learn a trade and other skills to help care for their families.

The OSU-COM student chapter of Pros for Africa is planning a medical mission trip to Uganda in March.

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