Engaging Students in Medicine

Engaging Students in Medicine

Students get hands on training in the medical field. Students get hands on training in the medical field.

July 19, 2016

Some FFA students may soon trade in their blue coat for a white coat. 

A partnership between Oklahoma State University and FFA is working to identify talented students interested in becoming physicians. Through the “Blue Coat, White Coat” program, the OSU Center for Health Sciences works to prepare students for medical school as well as pass on career advice.

Oklahoma and several other states across the country face a shortage of primary care physicians, especially in rural areas. OSU hopes students who understand and love rural Oklahoma can make a major impact in citizens’ health. 

Kayse Shrum, from the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences said, "We have formal programs that we have created in order to start talking to high school students – in particular in rural areas – because, many times, those are the students who may not be exposed to a physician, may not be exposed to the idea of medicine as a career. They may have been involved in agriculture and they like that lifestyle, but they've never thought of the idea that they can be a physician, practice in a rural community, and continue to have that agricultural lifestyle, but give back to their community in a different way."

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