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Family and Community Medicine Residency

From LaMont Cavanagh, MD

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Thank you for your interest in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine! This is a very exciting time in family medicine, and at OU-Tulsa. Our mission is to provide the highest quality care, have the most satisfied patients, develop the most prepared residents, and create the healthiest communities.  Those are lofty goals, and our clinic and residency program have undergone massive improvements to reach them. The addition of new faculty and a renewed commitment to high quality education from our highly experienced faculty has been a key component in our success.

Using the lessons gathered by national leaders in practice transformation, we have implemented a “Clinic First” model of care and training. Outstanding primary care physicians should be equipped first and foremost to provide outstanding outpatient care, so our clinic has become the centerpiece of our residency training. Utilizing an innovative residency schedule we call the mini-block model, we have been able to improve continuity of care, build our residents’ competence and efficiency in the ambulatory setting from day one of residency, and enhance our residents’ sense of wellbeing.

At the same time, we are fully committed to providing great education in the many aspects of family medicine outside of the clinic, including adult and pediatric inpatient care, obstetrics/newborn care, rural medicine, emergency medicine, geriatrics, and subspecialty care. We have an associated sports medicine fellowship, allowing for fantastic opportunities to learn musculoskeletal medicine. We also have comprehensively trained family medicine OB doctors, who will teach surgical obstetrics to interested residents.

Communities in this region come in many shapes and sizes, and we are committed to training physicians who can fit any of them. We continue a relationship with rural physicians in Bartlesville, Kansas, and Grove, OK, in order to help residents learn the nuances of working in smaller communities. All residents spend a mini-block in a rural community, with the opportunity to do more if that fits the resident’s learning needs.

Our main goal is to be forward thinking, and prepare you to be the family medicine doctor who will lead your community, urban/suburban or rural, into future health. We would love to speak with applicants who are looking for a program committed to continuous quality improvement.

I do hope that you will come take a closer look.