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.   

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.

View the listing of the 42 county medical societies

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.

RURAL PHYSICIAN SECTION CORE PURPOSES:

The RPS was established with the following core purposes:

A. to foster camaraderie among the rural physicians of Oklahoma by providing a forum for networking, personal interaction, and exchange of information on challenges of mutual interest and concern; and
B. to promote the common professional interest of rural physicians by encouraging their participation as members of their local county medical society, the Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA) and the American Medical Association (AMA); and
C. to facilitate the coordination of and work in concert with the county society, OSMA and the AMA to unify programs that advance professional and public education and advocacy for physicians and their patients; and
D. to improve communications for rural physicians on issues affecting the practice of medicine in rural areas by dissemination of newsletters and presentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) sessions; and 
E. to provide centralized membership services to rural county medical societies, as needed.

For more information, email the OSMA, or call (405) 601-9571.