A Possible Answer to Oklahoma's Doctor Shortage

Jul 8, 2013

Students learn skills at an Operation Orange Seminar in Tahlequah
Credit OSU

Health care in rural Oklahoma is suffering. Doctors are becoming hard to find in certain non-urban parts of the state. The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has an idea.

The school will go into rural Oklahoma in an attempt to recruit students into the medical profession. “If you want rural physicians, you should recruit from rural areas.” That is the sentiment of Kayse Shrum. She is the dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The program will partner with rural hospitals in the state to allow doctors to complete their residency there,  rather than relocating to urban areas.

Shrum says having quality health care in rural Oklahoma is critical for the state's economic vitality.

She says Oklahoma already ranks 49th in the nation in the number of physicians per-capita, and that takes in the entire state, urban and non-urban.

Here is a link to more information on Operation Orange.