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The mission of the Physician Manpower Training Commission is to enhance medical care in rural and underserved areas of the state by administering residency, internship and scholarship incentive programs that encourage medical and nursing personnel to practice in rural and underserved areas. Further, PMTC is to upgrade the availability of health care services by increasing the number of practicing physicians, nurses and physician assistants in rural and underserved areas of Oklahoma.

PMTC, as developed under the provisions of the Oklahoma State Statutes, became fully functional as of November 1, 1975. PMTC was originally charged by the legislature to administer three programs:

  1. The Oklahoma Rural Medical Education Scholarship Loan Program
  2. The Oklahoma Community Physician Education Scholarship Loan Program (which is no longer in existence) and
  3. The Oklahoma Intern-Resident Cost-Sharing Program.

Subsequently the Oklahoma Legislature has added the responsibility of a Physician Placement Program, Nursing Student Assistance Program, the FP Resident Rural Program, the Physician Community Match Program and the Physician Assistant Scholarship Program. The Commission is guided in all the programs by a sense of stewardship which requires that maximum effort, both individual and organizational, be utilized to increase the number of practicing physicians, nurses and physician assistants in Oklahoma and, particularly, in rural and underserved areas of the state.

PMTC has developed, in accord with legislative intent, five high priority goals:

  1. Work to improve the balance of physician manpower distribution in the State of Oklahoma, both by type of practice and by geographic location;
  2. Aid accredited physician training facilities in the establishment of additional primary medical care and family practice internship and residency training programs by sharing in the cost of these programs;
  3. Assist Oklahoma communities in selecting and financing qualified medical and osteopathic interns/residents to participate in the Physician Community Match Program;
  4. Assist Oklahoma communities, in any manner possible, in contacting medical and osteopathic students, interns and residents, or other physicians (inside and outside Oklahoma) who might wish to practice in Oklahoma;
  5. Work with Oklahoma communities and the leadership of Oklahoma's nurse training institutions to provide nurses for underserved areas of the state.

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Seven voting Commission Members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, three of whom shall be practicing allopathic physicians and two of whom shall be practicing osteopathic physicians, and said physician members shall be from throughout the state. Terms of office shall be five years in duration.

Name of Commission Member


Term Expires

Pamela Spanbauer, RN, BSN, MEd, Chair Oklahoma City June 5, 2016
Joe L. Leverett, M.D. Vice-Chair Altus June 5, 2018
Harold Z. DeLaughter, D.O.
June 5, 2016
Martin Hayes, M.D. McAlester June 5, 2015
Ted Haynes Tulsa June 5, 2018
Jason Hill, D.O. Wister June 5, 2015
Michael R. Talley, M.D. Okeene June 5, 2015

Twelve nonvoting Ex-officio Members of the PMTC who shall serve in an advisory capacity only and include the following or their designees:

PMTC Open Meeting Announcements
Please contact the PMTC office if you have questions concerning the below meeting(s).

April 16, 2015:
Commission Meeting 10:30 AM (Agenda)
Scholarship Concerns Committee Meeting: 9:30 AM (Agenda)
Faculty House, Oklahoma City, OK

The PMTC office is located in the One Western Plaza Building, 5500 North Western Avenue, Suite 201, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73118. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. Phone number (405) 843-5667; Fax number (405) 843-5792; Email Address:

James R. Bishop, Executive Director

Terrie Hardin, Executive Secretary

Physician Incentive Programs
Charlotte K. Jiles, Deputy Executive Director

Janie S. Thompson, Physician Program Coordinator

Nursing Incentive Programs
Michelle Cecil, Nursing Scholarship Administrator

Vicki Glenn, Secretary

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