Rural Physician Section
The rural physician members of the Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA) comprise approximately one-third of the physician members of the Association, representing 932 MDs and 37 DOs for a total of 969 members as of April, 2017. This number excludes honorary, student and resident members.
For more information contact Wes Glinsmann at the OSMA.
All members of the OSMA are required to join through OSMA and belong to one of the 44 county medical societies as defined through the OSMA. Of the 42 rural county medical societies, approximately thirteen (13) of the societies charge dues (ranging from $5 to $100), have elected officers to represent their local society and have some type of meeting (monthly, quarterly or annually). The other 31 county societies do not charge dues and most do not have elected officers or any type of formal structure to address membership issues. In order to better represents all the physicians.
In efforts to address concerns of physicians practicing in rural areas and the declining activities of the county medical societies, the Rural Physician Section (RPS) was formed in 2007 by vote of the OSMA House of Delegates. The funding for activities of the RPS is included in the OSMA’s annual budget, offset by AMA commissions received from rural physicians who chose to join the AMA. The Section is governed by a delegate assembly composed of representatives from all rural county medical societies. The rural caucus delegates annually elect a Chair and Vice-Chair to work with assigned OSMA staff to coordinate and direct the activities of the Section. 2017-2018 Co-Chairs are Susan Hull, MD and Woody Jenkins, MD. Vice Chair is Chris Sudduth, MD.