April 10, 2014
OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine ranked in Top 80 for primary care
The Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine was recently ranked in the Top 80 medical schools in the nation for primary care training by U.S. News & World Report.
“OSU Center for Health Sciences’ mission is to train the next generation of primary care physicians to serve the citizens of our state,” said Dr. Kayse Shrum, OSU Center for Health Sciences president and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Our students really embrace that mission and devotion to patient care through medical school and carry it forward with their careers by choosing specialties in primary care.”
The most popular residency training programs for OSU-COM graduates include the primary care areas of family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics.
U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on student Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores, GPA, acceptance rate, student-to-faculty ratio and the proportion of graduates who enter primary care specialties. Nearly 54 percent of OSU-COM’s alumni are practicing in a primary care field.
“Increasing the number of primary care physicians in Oklahoma is of critical importance as we address the challenges associated with the physician shortage in our state,” said Shrum. “With an aging physician population, we know it is essential to recruit new physicians who want to stay in Oklahoma and practice in primary care areas.”
The United Health Foundation currently ranks Oklahoma 49th in the nation for the number of primary care physicians per capita. Nearly 25 percent of Oklahoma doctors are over the age of 60, with a median age of 54.View the complete rankings at the US News & World Report website.