Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Osteopathic Education Consortium of Oklahoma (OMECO) Residency & Fellowship Programs

The Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma (OMECO) is a consortium that consists of Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, teaching hospitals and physicians working to provide osteopathic graduate medical education in rural Oklahoma. OMECO develops evaluative tools, curricula and ensures access to learning resources necessary to provide quality postgraduate medical education to interns, residents and fellows so they may become qualified, competent physicians.

The interactive map below shows institutions hosting OMECO affiliated residency and fellowship programs. You can view the various specialty training opportunities offered at each location by clicking on the dots. The two dropdown boxes allow you to filter the map by institution and/or specialty. Learn more about OMECO.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Congratulations to Richard Waters and Ben Greiner, winners of the 2016 Rural Oklahoma Photo Contest sponsored by the OSU Center for Rural Health! Richard won with his submission titled, Buffalo and Ben won the OSU CHS student category with his submission, Sunrise over Vinita (see both photos below). The Rural Oklahoma Photo Contest was part of the Center's celebration marking the 6th Annual National Rural Health Day on November 18, 2016. The contest garnered entries from the across the state (view all of the photo contest entries). We would like to extend our appreciation to everyone who participated in the contest. We look forward to continuing this annual tradition.

Buffalo. Submitted by Richard Waters. Taken near Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

Sunrise over Vinita. Submitted by Ben Greiner. Taken near Vinita, Oklahoma.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Critical Access Hospitals & Small Hospital Improvement Program Grantees in Oklahoma, 2016

Updated version of our critical  access hospital (CAH) and small hospital improvement program grantee map. Revisions to the map include adding facility names and reclassifying Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau as a CAH. Click the image below to open the map as PDF document.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hometowns of OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2020

The interactive map below shows the self-reported hometowns of the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2020. The symbols are scaled proportionally to the total number of students from each community. Of the 91 students from Oklahoma, over 20% list a rural Oklahoma community as their hometown.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Where Are They Now?

From the May/June 2016 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Vicky Pace, MEd reviews the current practice/training locations of OSU COM alumni who participated in the Rural Health Option or Rural Medical Track while in medical school. Her article begins on page 32.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

OSIM and Health Care Workforce Redesign in Oklahoma

From the April 2016 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Chad Landgraf, MS, GISP & Denna Wheeler, PhD discuss how the Oklahoma State Innovation Model could shape the future composition and structure of the health care workforce in Oklahoma. Thier article begins on page 22.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2016 Residency Training Locations

The interactive map below shows the residency training locations for the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2016. The symbols are scaled proportionally to the total number of graduates training in each community.

Of the 106 graduates in the class, 61 are entering primary care residency programs (Family Medicine = 28; Internal Medicine = 17; OBGYN = 10; and Pediatrics = 6). Thirty-nine graduates will enter Oklahoma-based primary care residency programs with 11 graduates matriculating to programs located in rural locations (Durant = 5; Ramona = 1; Tahlequah = 3; and Talihina = 2).

The Class of 2016 marks the 10th consecutive graduating class with at least 50% of its members entering primary care residency programs upon graduation. Learn more about the specialty choices of the graduates in each community by clicking on the symbols on the map.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Medicaid Enrollment in Oklahoma by County, 2015

The interactive map below shows the Medicaid enrollment in Oklahoma for state fiscal year (SFY) 2015. By clicking each county, you can view the population, unduplicated Medicaid enrollment, and the proportion of each county's population enrolled in Medicaid. Data used to prepare this map was obtained from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority SFY15 Annual Report.

Medicaid enrollees comprise around 30% of rural population in the state. In urban areas, the rate drops to 24% of the population. Adair County has the highest county rate at 47% of the population; Osage County has the lowest rate at 14%.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016


From the March 2016 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Duane G. Koehler, DO & Jeff Hackler, JD, MBA discuss impending changes to OSU CHS's clinical curriculum for 3rd and 4th year medical students. Thier article begins on page 16.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Leading Causes of Death in Rural Oklahoma, 1999 - 2014

The bump chart below shows the leading causes of death in rural Oklahoma from 1999 to 2014. Heart disease and cancer are responsible for over half of all deaths in rural Oklahoma. In 1999, over 37% of deaths in rural Oklahoma were attributable to heart disease. In 2014, 31% of deaths were caused by heart disease. During the same period, deaths due to cancer remained consistent at 23% of the rural population. Chronic lower respiratory diseases accounted for 5% of rural deaths in 1999. By 2014, the number jumped to almost 9% of deaths. Alzheimer's disease went from 1% of deaths in 1999 to almost 4% in 2014. Deaths dues to accidents and diabetes also increased from 1999 to 2014. The proportion of the population dying due to cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) and influenza and pneumonia decreased over the 16 year period depicted on the chart. Data for this chart was obtained from the Oklahoma State Department of Health's OK2SHARE Vital Statistics website. 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 H e a r t D i s e a s e C a n c e r C e r e b r o v a s c u l a r D i s e a s e s D i a b e t e s A l z h e i m e r ' s D i s e a s e S u i c i d e I n f l u e n z a a n d P n e u m o n i a A l l O t h e r C a u s e s C h r o n i c L o w e r R e s p i r a t o r y D i s e a s e s   A c c i d e n t s 0% 100% 50% 70% 10% 20% 30% 40% 60% 80% 90% % of Deaths in Rural Oklahoma