Legislature Approves Residency Training Program to Combat Physician Shortage
The Oklahoma Legislature approved and sent to Gov. Mary Fallin the Oklahoma Hospital Residency Training Program Act, which provides $3.08 million to create physician residency programs in rural areas of the state to train the next generation of rural doctors.
Medical residency programs are post medical school graduate training. These newly graduated doctors work directly with patients under the supervision of a fully licensed physician.
The new Oklahoma Hospital Residency Training Program Act allows the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to contract with the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine to set up and operate new physician residency education programs in medically underserved areas.
At the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, more than 80 percent of the students who attend the Tulsa medical school and complete their residency in Oklahoma go on to practice medicine in Oklahoma.
The physician residency bill was approved with an emergency clause and will go into effect July 1, 2012. The Governor is scheduled to sign the legislation on Wednesday at the Capitol.
Gov. Fallin Declares OSU Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine Day
Graduates at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences received a special surprise during commencement.
State Rep. Mike Ritze presented Dr. Kayse Shrum, OSU-CHS provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, with a special proclamation from Gov. Mary Fallin declaring May 18 as OSU Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine Day.
“Osteopathic physicians provide comprehensive medical care including preventative medicine, diagnosing and prescribing appropriate use of pharmaceutical drugs, and hospital referrals,” said Ritze, an osteopathic physician and OSU-CHS alumnus, while reading the proclamation. “The graduates of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Center for Health Sciences have dedicated their time and hard work to practicing medicine to the best of their abilities and always keeping the patients' best interest at heart.”
More than 100 osteopathic physicians, biomedical and forensic scientists, researchers and educators graduated from OSU-CHS earlier this month.