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Virtual 2020 Summer CME Seminar "(C)aring (O)pportunities (V)irtually (I)ntegrated (D)aily: Improving Medical Care in Pandemic Times" - Saturday

Total Credits: 4 including 4 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)

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Josh Braziel |  Carter C. Check, MDiv, CCC |  Rachel N. Blankenship, DO, MPH |  Kristopher R Avant, DO |  Blake D. Christensen, DO
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Needs Assessment: “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”   - G.K. Chesterton

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed things. Nearly all aspects of our lives have been affected. Still, life goes on and how we care for that life continues as DOs learn to change and adapt. Providing care for patients endures whether it is in person or virtually. Evidence-based medicine is important but so is compassionate care, no matter the field of medicine or how that care is delivered.


Learning Objective: At the completion of this seminar, attendees will receive a review of different disease processes involving several medical fields and will have a better understanding of these disease processes as well as their treatments whether provided in-person or virtually.



Josh Braziel Related seminars and products

Josh Braziel is the chief information officer of the Rural Health Network of Oklahoma (RHN), a non-profit consortium made up of 23 Oklahoma health care organizations.


Josh’s experience includes 18 years of rural public service leadership and 20 years in information technology and information systems. He has been involved in infrastructure planning and implementation projects ranging from the Department of Justice sponsored NCAtrak abused and exploited children’s data system to multiple HRSA, FCC and USDA telemedicine grants. In addition to his CIO duties at the Rural Health Network of Oklahoma, Josh currently serves on the board of directors for the Telehealth Alliance of Oklahoma, Remote Area Medical of Oklahoma and has previously served on the institutional council of the American Telemedicine Association.

Carter C. Check, MDiv, CCC Related seminars and products

Carter Check, MDiv, CCC, is a board certified mental health chaplain at the Eastern Oklahoma VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Chaplain Check works alongside the Department of Behavioral Medicine as a clinical chaplain at both the Muskogee East Mental Health Clinic and the Tulsa Behavioral Medicine Clinic where he leads the REAL Moral Injury Clinics, the first of their kind in the state of Oklahoma’s Veteran care programs. He is an active member of the Suicide Prevention and Postvention teams. He works interdisciplinary with the Executive Mental Health Council, Substance Use Disorder Intense Outpatient Program, PSTD core team, Intimate Partner Violence and Military sexual trauma to help support our Veteran’s spirituality- that which gives them meaning, purpose and values for their lives.


Rachel N. Blankenship, DO, MPH Related seminars and products

Rachel N. Blankenship, DO, MPH started her medical journey at the La Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico with a certification through the Medical Spanish Program. She then attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s in biology. In 2013, Dr. Blankenship earned her doctor of osteopathic medical degree from the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. While in Iowa, she also earned her Master’s in Public Health. Dr. Blankenship then packed her bags and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where she completed her physical medicine and rehabilitarion residency and pediatric rehabilitation fellowship.


Board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatric rehabilitation medicine, Dr. Blankenship is back in Oklahoma and practicing as a pediatric physiatrist at the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.

Kristopher R Avant, DO Related seminars and products

Kristopher R. Avant, DO is an Oklahoma native who earned his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Upon completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Bone & Joint Hospital at St. Anthony’s in Oklahoma City and a hand & upper extremity fellowship in Tampa, Florida, at the Florida Orthopedic Institute. While there, Dr. Avant had the opportunity to work extensively at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Board certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Avant returned to his roots and is currently practicing at the Southwest Orthopedics and Reconstructing Specialists (OSSO).

Blake D. Christensen, DO Related seminars and products

Blake D. Christensen, DO earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Med­icine in 2009. He then completed a traditional rotating internship and an anesthesiology residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Dr. Christensen is fel­lowship trained in interventional pain medicine, studying at the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, IL. He currently practices interventional pain medicine and anesthesiology at Oklaho­ma Pain Treatment Center in Oklahoma City. He is a member of the Ameri­can Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, Oklahoma County Medical Society, the American Society of Inter­ventional Pain Physicians, the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Oklahoma Society of Anesthesiologists.

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