My name is Leslie Hardee, and I’m a second year osteopathic medical student (OMSII) at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine this year. I am also the Student Osteopathic Rural Medicine (StORM) club Treasurer and the Student Osteopathic Medicine Association (SOMA) Rural Health Fair Chair for the 2011-2012 school year. I wanted to write a quick up-date to let everyone know how StORM has really been kickin’ up some dirt and getting our boots dirty this year!
To start with, we are really pleased to say that we had nearly the whole MSI (first year medical students) class join StORM this year! So, we’ve been busy recruiting this year. Also, to date we’ve already participated or hosted two Rural Health Fairs – one in Jay, Oklahoma at Farm Fest, and the other at the Creek County (Oklahoma) Fairgrounds during their annual Free Fair. We had a great time at both of these events!
In Jay, StORM teamed up with Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS), and handed out information about smoking, diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, becoming more physically active, cancer, importance of sunscreen, and many other important topics. While there, we provided free health screenings that included blood pressure readings, pulse-oximetry, and height and weight measurements, and gave tours of our Telemedicine Bus. Although this was a small event, we had the privilege of serving almost 40 Jay residents. The chili judgin’ contest was also lots of fun, and very tasty!
More recently, StORM also hosted a booth at this year’s SOMA Rural Health Fair at the Creek County Fairgrounds. While there, StORM performed important health screenings like we did in Jay. I personally had the pleasure of not only attending this event as a StORM officer, but I also had the delight of planning it as the SOMA Rural Health Fair Chair. While there, we served more than 200 Creek County citizens by doing ear, nose, and throat (ENT) check-ups, blood pressure screenings, osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) screenings and treatments, body mass index checks, demonstrations of healthy versus unhealthy lungs and hearts, and face painting for the children! We also gave away essential items such as toothbrushes, toothpastes, and sunscreen. To make sure our 10th annual Rural Health Fair was complete, we also handed out information about community resources, pediatric health, women’s health, psychiatric care and general adult health, first-aid, heart and lung health, important information about eyes, ears, noses and throats, oral health care, and dermatology. We also feel very fortunate that our very own OSU Center for Health Sciences library offered to host a booth about the services that they offer, and that the Mobile Telemedicine Clinic was able to come along for the ride with us as well. All in all, it sure was a fun time gettin’ our kicks on Route 66 in Creek County!
In StORM’s near future, we will also be hosting another health fair in Sallisaw at their Bikers and BBQ Bash on October 8th, and our very own StORM Hoe Down sometime before the spring semester starts. We hope these events will be as amazing as the others. We hope you are all as excited as we are about this year’s StORM events. Thanks!