OSU Medicine students meet with members of Congress during D.O. Day on Capitol Hill
Brock Wilson wants to see more hospital residency programs in Oklahoma. That’s one of the reasons the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine student travelled to Washington, D.C. for D.O. Day on Capitol Hill on March 8.
“Oklahoma is facing a health care provider crisis,” said Wilson. “While medical schools are increasing the number of students accepted into their programs, there is not a corresponding increase in the number of residency programs.”
Wilson was one of a group of students, faculty and administrators from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences who attended the day-long event to educate members of Congress and their staff on issues facing the osteopathic community.
“Our students were able to share their passion for osteopathic medicine with Congressional leaders and showcase issues facing the medical professional in Oklahoma at D.O. Day on Capitol Hill,” said Dr. Kayse Shrum, OSU-CHS provost and dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. “The students’ participation in this event gave them important experience being an advocate for their patients and profession on a national level.”
As president of the Student Senate at OSU-CHS, Wilson organized the trip, which connected the group with members of Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation and their staffs. The group met with Rep. John Sullivan, Sen. James Inhofe and an aide to Sen. Tom Coburn.
Topic of conversation ranged from funding for medical education programs, increasing residency programs, innovations in delivery and payment systems, ways to expand the physician workforce and the elimination of barriers to care that currently exist in the health care system.
“D.O. Day on Capitol Hill offered our students an opportunity to see advocacy in action,” said Dana Livingston, director of student affairs at OSU-CHS. “Part of becoming a physician is being a voice for patients and the medical profession. By attending this event our students will begin to see the importance of meeting face to face with those that make policy.”
For Wilson, attending the event helped ensure the voice of rural Oklahoma was heard in the nation’s capitol.
“Physicians are most likely to set up their practices within 60 miles of where they complete their residency programs,” said Wilson. “When medical school graduates from Oklahoma leave the state to complete residency programs, they’re less likely to return here. That’s something we have to address.”
College students learn about medical careers at Med-Xtravaganza
College students considering a career in medicine can check out the different programs available through the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at Med-Xtravaganza on Friday, April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the OSU Center for Health Sciences.
“The open house is great opportunity for college students considering a career in medicine to see what programs are available and what OSU Medicine can offer them,” said Lindsey Kirkpatrick, assistant director of admissions and recruitment at OSU-CHS. “They will be able to see what it’s like to be a physician through demonstrations with our current medical students and learn about different career paths available in the medical field.”
In addition to demonstrations, prospective students will learn about admissions requirements, interact with OSU medical students and meet with faculty and admissions staff.
To reserve a spot at the open house, call 918-561-8469 or register online by April 16. For more information, contact Kirkpatrick at 918-561-8468.