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The Mini-Block Schedule

The program is utilizes the mini-block schedule (2+2 schedule), in which each month is split into two half-month mini-blocks.  In their ½ month ambulatory mini-block, residents spend eight sessions per week in their family medicine continuity clinic, one session in academic afternoon, and one session per week in a longitudinal curriculum learning behavioral medicine, community medicine, nursing home, etc.  In their half-month rotation mini-block, residents spend focused time on both inpatient and outpatient required rotations (i.e., obstetrics, adult inpatient service, geriatrics, rural medicine), as well as electives.

3 year curriculum

Learning Resources

  • Academic Afternoons – Tuesday afternoon educational lectures by department faculty, guest speakers who are considered specialists in their field, and residents.  We also have an alternating Grand Rounds series and Adverse Event Analysis conference throughout the academic year.  
  • Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum – Residents will participate in a monthly series of learning based on the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. 
  • Simulation Center – OUSCM houses a simulation center, which is often used for experiential learning during Academic Afternoons.  It has a variety of learning tools for primary care, OB/GYN and improving other procedural competencies.
  • In-house clinic procedures center – Residents are afforded the opportunity to learn a variety of procedures during ambulatory time at the Family Medicine Center (vasectomy clinic, OB/GYN procedures, skin procedures, LARC procedures, etc).
  • $500 CME fund – Residents receive $500 each academic year to use toward educational materials (Epocrates, conferences).
  • Free UpToDate access – Residents can access UpToDate online free of charge through the university.
  • NEJM Knowledge + Access – All residents receive free access to Rosh Review, a family medicine question bank for board preparation purposes.  Other question bank resources available through the university online library.
  • Electives – Program offers a variety of elective rotations and encourages residents to choose electives based on their post-residency goals.  For a full list of elective rotations, click here
    • PGY2 – 1 elective block            
    • PGY3 – 5 elective blocks  
  • Quality Improvement Projects – During second and third year, residents create quality improvement projects as a part of a team. Residents are provided access to the online learning modules of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), one of the premier public health institutes in the country, as a learning tool for the principles of healthcare improvement.
  • Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN) Help Desk Answer (HDA) – Residents participate in HDAs as a writing project during the first year of residency. The departmental research division staff assist residents in all steps of the research process. Projects are then presented at institutional research conferences to help develop presentation skills. For details regarding the research opportunities and the research division’s role in resident education, click here.


Residents have a full spectrum of electives from which to choose based on their individual interests.  Second year residents have one elective block, and third year residents have five elective blocks.  Residents have the opportunity for away rotations, and the program is continuously expanding elective options to provide residents with educational experiences to help meet future career goals.

  • Allergy
  • Anesthesiology
  • Bedside Ultrasound
  • Cardiology/EP
  • Endocrinology
  • Endoscopy (EGD/Colonoscopy)                  
  • ENT
  • General Adolescent Medicine
  • Global Health
  • Hematology/Oncolgy
  • Hospitalist                                                                                             
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatric ICU    
  • Pulmonary Diseases
  • Research
  • Rheumatology
  • Rural Medicine
  • Sports Medicine                                                                                  
  • Urology
  • Wound Care


Residents who successfully complete the Family and Community Residency program at OU, SOCM, Tulsa will be eligible to complete certification with the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) as with other residency programs. Beginning in 2020 residents have a unique opportunity to become board eligible with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). Residents learn to implement an evidence based lifestyle therapeutic approach to caring for patients. Our Family Medicine Department is committed to the mission statement of the ACLM. Advancing evidenced-based lifestyle medicine as a value-based specialty that transforms, redefines and sustains health and healthcare by treating, reversing and preventing communicable, chronic disease.

Family Medicine Obstetrical Expansion Residency Training

In the PG2 and PG3 year residents may opt to complete an OB Track as a part of their Family Medicine Residency. OB trackers have dedicated time for deliveries and procedures in obstetrics. They work alongside Board Certified Obstetrics/Gynecologists physicians to increase their knowledge of obstetrics. We received a HRSA Grant in 2020 that provides funding to increase prenatal care in underserved communities. We are currently collaborating with the Muscogee Creek Nation Health Center in Okemah, Oklahoma to expand prenatal care at their facility and allow for more diversified experiences for the OB trackers. Click here to read more about this opportunity.