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News and briefs: Oklahoma Osteopathic Association against residency bill change

Residency Program Insider, May 15, 2012

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The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association voted to oppose a change that expands a bill to increase the size of medical schools.  The original intent of the bill was to give $3 million to rural residency programs in hopes of addressing the state’s physician shortage problem. The bill, currently in the state Senate, was recently broadened to allow unused funds to increase the size of medical schools in Tulsa, according to a Tulsa World online article.

Wes Glinsman, Oklahoma State Medical Association lobbyist, says the group supports the bill, but believes all funding must go to residencies. Increasing the number of residencies is a higher priority than increasing the number of medical students, according to Glinsman. More residencies could attract more graduates outside Oklahoma, whose education is paid for out-of-state.

The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University medical schools, both based in Tulsa, plan to increase the size of their classes, regardless of any extra funding sources.

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