Feb. 20, 2014
OSU Medical Center key topic for OSU-COM students at Osteopathic Medicine Day
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine students will meet with state legislators to advocate continued state support for OSU Medical Center during Osteopathic Medicine Day on Monday, March 3 in Oklahoma City.
A group of 42 medical students will detail the importance of the training hospital for the future of health care in Oklahoma during the 40th annual event, organized by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, at the State Capitol.
"As osteopathic students in Oklahoma, we play a significant advocacy role in our state," said second-year OSU medical student Matthew Smith. "Osteopathic Medicine Day is an opportunity for us to speak with state legislators and gain their support in our education and future profession."
Smith, a member of the OSU-COM Political Action Committee, plans to address how vital the medical center is for training physicians for all of Oklahoma.
"I am grateful for the support our teaching hospital received last year, however, state funding for OSU Medical Center must continue to ensure the training of quality medical graduates for Oklahoma," said Smith. "The medical center trains more than 150 physicians each year, many of whom remain in the state to practice."
The largest osteopathic teaching hospital in the country, OSU Medical Center provides the majority of residency positions for OSU-COM graduates and serves as the primary training facility for OSU medical students. The medical center serves 46,000 emergency room visits each year and provided more than $24.5 million in charity care last year.
OSU Center for Health Sciences President Kayse Shrum, who will join students and the OOA for the event, sees the value in promoting community advocacy to future physicians.
"Osteopathic Medicine Day offers students an opportunity to see advocacy in action, participate in efforts to advance their profession and be a voice for their patients in the capitol," said Shrum. "Students make connections with state policy makers and leaders to discuss important issues impacting the medical community here in Oklahoma."
Students will also meet with members of the OOA for a briefing on current issues in health care, including continuing implementation of the Affordable Care Act and rural residency training programs.
Osteopathic Medicine Day begins with an official ceremony with OOA President Bret Langerman at 1:05 p.m. on the second floor of the Rotunda.
Story updated Feb. 27, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.