Christian Keenan wants to help his community be healthier. That’s what is motivating the Piedmont High School student to learn more about being a physician.
“I want to be an osteopathic physician in a rural Oklahoma community because I come from a rural community,” said Keenan. “I think that would be an awesome thing.”
Keenan was one of the more than 300 Oklahoma high school students who attended Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Operation Orange. The summer camps give participants a chance to experience a day in the life of a medical student and learn more about what it takes to become a physician.
“The camps are an opportunity for us to showcase our mission to train primary care physicians for rural and underserved Oklahoma to students outside of the Tulsa area,” said Dr. Kayse Shrum, president of the OSU Center for Health Sciences and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. “It offers these students the chance to engage with us and let them know that a medical career is an option anywhere you live.”
Shrum said Oklahoma ranks 48th in the nation for the number of physicians practicing per capita, with rural communities suffering the most.
“That is why it is critical for us to recruit and train physicians who want to live and practice in rural Oklahoma,” she said.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted five camps at partner institutions across the state in June, including Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Technology and Education Center in Tahlequah, the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and the main OSU campus in Stillwater.
Continue reading this story on the...