Claremore Daily Progress


July 23, 2011

Cauthron completes externship for Rural Health Option program

CLAREMORE — Holly Cauthron is a second year medical student at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She is a graduate of Broken Arrow High School, Southern Nazarene University, and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. 

Holly recently completed a three week Summer Rural Externship at OMNI Medical Group, where she worked under Dr. Gary Steinbrook.  She chose to complete this program to learn more about rural practice in Oklahoma and as a requirement for the Rural Health Option program. 

Holly plans on practicing in a rural area after graduation and completion of residency. 

The Summer Rural Externship Program is coordinated by the Oklahoma Area Health Education Center (OKAHEC), a division of the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Center for Rural Health. OKAHEC is a community-state-federal partnership established in 1984 at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The distributed offices of OKAHEC, located in the four quadrants of the state, facilitate a regional approach to multidisciplinary and community-based health professional recruitment, education, and training.

OKAHEC’s central goal is to improve access to health care by improving the quality, distribution, and supply of primary care providers in rural and underserved communities, and to reduce disparities in access to health care between Oklahoma’s rural and urban populations. More information about OKAHEC is available at

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