AOA President Martin S. Levine, DO, wrote to the Oklahoma State House Appropriations and Budget Committee on 3/28/12 in strong support of SB 1280, a bill that would create the Oklahoma Hospital Residency Training Program Act to establish new residency training programs affiliated with the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Oklahoma is faced with the same physician shortage crisis that is challenging the rest of the country. The Oklahoma Hospital Residency Training Program would expand the number of residency slots at Oklahoma hospitals, which would help increase the number of physicians in the state. More graduates of OSU-COM would be able to stay in state for their residencies, which in turn would help the state retain physicians in the long term. President Levine applauded this legislation and urged the House to pass it.