OSU-CHS’ Operation Orange aims to spark interest in medicine

STILLWATER – To combat the state’s physician shortage and improve the health and lives of rural and underserved Oklahomans, OSU Center for Health Sciences established Operation Orange. 

The one-day medical camp for students in grades 9-12 strives to inspire high school students to pursue a career in the medical field by giving them a taste of what they would learn and experience in medical school. 

“Operation Orange gives us the opportunity to engage high school students from rural areas and let them know that a career in medicine is an option for them,” Kayse Shrum, president of OSU Center for Health Sciences and OSU president designee, said. “We need doctors in rural communities. Who better to care for rural families in Oklahoma than those from rural areas who have experienced the physician shortage in Oklahoma first-hand and who have a personal passion to preserve the rural way of life?”

Operation Orange will visit six cities and offer a free, day-long camp for high school students. OSU osteopathic medical students and faculty lead different stations and activities throughout the event. 

This year’s Operation Orange campaign will visit:

· June 1- Stillwater at Oklahoma State University,

· June 2- Enid at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 

· June 4- Tahlequah at OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation,

· June 7- Lawton at Cameron University,

· June 9- Durant at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and

· June 10- Ada at East Central University.

Operation Orange allows high school students to experience a day in the life of an OSU medical student. Students will be given the opportunity to do chest compressions, insert breathing tubes in simulation mannequins and study the anatomy of a human heart, lungs and brain with hands-on activities. They will also have the opportunity learn undergraduate admissions and what they need to do to prepare for medical school. 

To register or for information, email ashley.marler@okstate.edu or visit okla.st/operationorange.