Total Credits: 5.75 including 5.75 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)
Needs Assessment: The practice of medicine has undergone many rapid changes in the last year. The fragility and vulnerability of the human situation, the global economy, and the limits of medical care are all frequently brought to mind. New challenges have presented themselves with a frequency not previously encountered by most practicing physicians. As Osteopathic Physicians, we remain resolute in our unique approach in addressing the needs of the whole person while remaining at the forefront of the practice and art of medicine during these rapidly changing times.
Program Objectives: The 121st Annual Convention of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association is intended to address the rapidly changing landscape of medicine in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Relevant and current topics in medicine will be reviewed, discussed, and updated confirming Osteopathic Medicine's place in modern medicine.
Angela I. Carrick, DO, FACOEP is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri in 2005. She completed her emergency medicine residency at Integris Southwest Medical Center in 2009 and has been an attending physician for the Norman Regional Health System since. She and her husband Robert, a Norman fire fighter, have one child and enjoy spending time together as a family. She also enjoys vegetarian cooking, traveling and shopping. Professionally, she is a test writer for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, and she is a member of the ACOEP Bylaws committee.
Claire Epperson, DO, earned her medical degree at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency in emergency medicine at Integris Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She’s currently an Assistant Instructor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and a medical toxicology fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She works with the North Texas Poison Center and provides toxicology consultations at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Clements University Hospital, and Children's Medical Center of Dallas. She holds a national research position for the Toxicology Investigator's Consortium with the American College of Medical Toxicology, where she does multicenter toxico-surveillance and works closely with the FDA and CDC. Another of her current research interests include the use of bedside point of care ultrasound in the management and evaluation of North American pit viper envenomation. When she’s not working in the hospital, she enjoys alpinism and rock climbing in the mountains with her husband (while of course carefully avoiding any formidable snakes on the hiking trails).
Gitanjali Pai, MD, AAHIVS, earned her medical degree from the Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M Hospital in Mumbai, India. She continued her education with an internal medicine residency and an infectious diseases fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Board certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine, Dr. Pai Is involved in many endeavors: she was appointed on the Oklahoma State Governor’s Task Force expert panel for COVID-19 as an Infectious Disease Specialist; an infectious disease expert leading the Oklahoma State Project ECHO COVID-19 service line in collaborations with OSU-CHS; and she hosts a podcast called “Unmasking COVID-19.”
Dr. Pai is currently an adjunct clinical assistant professor of rural health – internal medicine for OSU-COM and an infectious disease physician at Memorial Hospital and Physician’s Clinic.
Madhuri Lad, DO, FACOI, AAHIVM, as Assistant Medical Director of the Internal Medicine Specialty Services Ryan White Clinic, I am part of a multidisciplinary team for treatment of patients living with HIV in eastern Oklahoma. Oklahoma has been designated as one of the seven states with a high rural burden for ending the HIV epidemic. My experience includes telemedicine and providing care to these rural areas in eastern Oklahoma. I presented my program with rapid start of antiretrovirals for patients living in Oklahoma at the 2020 National Ryan White Conference and have qualified for the HRSA Best Practices Target HIV website for both these rapid start and telemedicine programs. I am the facilitator for the OSU HIV and Viral Disorders ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). I also received my certification for the treatment of HIV from the American Academy of HIV Medicine and have been certified for 6 years.
Travis J. Small, DO, was born in Enid, Oklahoma and is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma. He obtained his medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. His internship at Peninsula General Hospital in Queens, New York. He then completed a clinical research fellowship in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland Ohio. His Orthopedic Surgery Residency was at LECOM Health in Erie, Pennsylvania. He finalized his training with a fellowship in Adult Joint Reconstruction at Norton Health in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dr. Small is currently in his 3rd year of practice as an Adult Joint Reconstruction specialist at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His focus is on Hip and Knee Replacement and revision procedures with a special interest in Direct Anterior Hip Arthroplasty, currently doing same day discharge total hip replacements as an outpatient procedure. As an active faculty member for the Oklahoma State University Orthopedic Surgery residency program, he is the director of the Adult Joint Reconstruction Department as well as the Director of Research for the residency.
Dr. Small resides in Tulsa, OK with his wife and two children. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, golf, and weight lifting
Pragatheeshwar "Dr. Prag" Thirunavukarasu, MD, is an American Board of Surgery certified Complex General Surgical Oncologist and General Surgeon, a fellowship trained Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgeon. He completed medical school at Madras Medical College, surgical internship at the University of Pennsylvania, general surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, surgical oncology fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and HPB surgery fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is now the Director of Surgical Oncology services at Cape Fear Valley Health System in North Carolina, and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Campbell University’s Jerry M Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Virtual 121st Annual Convention "A Whole New World" - Saturday Family Medicine Lectures
Original Program Date: 05/01/2021
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