Featuring MSFC’s chapter members form the OU College of Medicine.
When longtime Oklahoma resident Christen Jarshaw joined the OU College of Medicine’s class of 2023, she knew the limitations she would encounter as a studying provider with interests in OB-GYN.
She stayed in state because she wanted to improve Oklahoma’s 1,630-to-1 patient-to-provider ratio and increase access to reproductive health care in a state burdened by uncomprehensive sex education and the fourth highest maternal mortality rate in the U.S., as of 2018.
Jarshaw, who is in her first year of clinical training, is among OU medical and pre-med students who are considering leaving Oklahoma to expand their education on reproductive health care. But the reasons behind their applications to out-of-state medical schools and residencies are more complicated than the overturning of Roe v. Wade.