Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Web Site Designed to Bring Physicians to Oklahoma

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Web Site Designed to Bring Physicians to Oklahoma

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To battle an increasing shortage of physicians, the Oklahoma Hospital Association has taken a leap into cyberspace.

OHA recently launched a Web site, www.OKPhysicianJobs.com, to attract new physicians to the state and connect them with career opportunities.

Patti Davis, executive vice president for OHA, said the idea for the site started a few years ago when rural hospitals expressed frustration with physician recruitment.

"Unfortunately for rural hospitals, they don't have many of the benefits of other residency programs," Davis said. "It's very hard for rural hospitals to know where to get residents. We are trying to provide a link for interested residents to know the jobs are out there."

Physicians can browse the site for statewide opportunities by specialty or region.

OHA partnered with PracticeMatch, a St. Louis-based physician data and recruitment service company, to develop the Web site.

Tim Raster, vice president of information technology and operations with PracticeMatch, said the site provides a centralized place for physicians to navigate.

But for tracking the actual results that recruitment Web sites can generate, Raster said it's still too early to tell.

"We do know that electronic methods are certainly here to stay - that is where the industry is going," he said.

A subscription to the site costs $1,200, which includes a PracticeMatch job listing and a full page in OKPhysicansJobs Resource Guide. The guide is distributed to medical students and residents in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma ranks last in the nation in access to primary care physicians, according to the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences 2008 State of the State's Rural Health Report.

Davis said OHA has been told in the past that half of Oklahoma medical graduates end up leaving the state. OHA is constantly working to encourage more physicians trained in Oklahoma schools and residency programs to stay in this state. …

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