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Feb. 11, 2016

StORM members advocate for residency, rural hospital funding

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., left, meets with Stacie Pace, a member of the Rural Health Network of Oklahoma board of directors, Jennifer Briggs, OMS-II, Erica Standberg, OMS-II, William Pettit, D.O., provost, senior associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean for rural health, Charrisa Raymond, OMS-II, Duane Koehler, D.O., assistant to the dean for rural education, Alex Jones, regional coordinator for the Center for Rural Health, and Andy Fosmire, vice president of rural health for the Oklahoma Hospital Association, last week on Capitol Hill.U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., left, meets with Stacie Pace, a member of the Rural Health Network of Oklahoma board of directors, Jennifer Briggs, OMS-II, Erica Standberg, OMS-II, William Pettit, D.O., provost, senior associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean for rural health, Charrisa Raymond, OMS-II, Duane Koehler, D.O., assistant to the dean for rural education, Alex Jones, regional coordinator for the Center for Rural Health, and Andy Fosmire, vice president of rural health for the Oklahoma Hospital Association, last week on Capitol Hill.

Three second-year medical students represented the Student Osteopathic Rural Medicine club last week at the National Rural Health Association Policy Institute conference in Washington, D.C.

Erica Strandberg, Charissa Raymond and Jennifer Briggs attended the conference with William Pettit, D.O., provost, senior associate dean of academic affairs and associate dean for rural health, Duane Koehler, D.O., assistant to the dean for rural education and Alex Jones, regional coordinator for the Center for Rural Health.

While on Capitol Hill, the group met with several members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, including U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., to discuss the challenges facing rural health care providers and to promote stable financing for residency programs.

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