FAQ

What are the strengths of your program?
Our program is fortunate to have a diverse faculty with interests ranging from sports medicine to geriatrics to obstetrics. Our faculty is enthusiastic and well qualified to guide you through your residency training.

Does this program require a medical license to begin residency?
The Oklahoma State Medical Board requires all residents to obtain a state medical license to begin residency. This is a special license, which may be replaced with a permanent license upon completion of 12 months of accredited residency program and passing score on USMLE step 3.

What major changes do you anticipate?
This program is constantly reexamining our residents' needs. Current changes include more exposure to clinic-based procedures and family-centered obstetrics.

Is the OU Family Practice opposed or unopposed?
We don't consider ourselves opposed, but rather in a collaborative learning environment. In our setting there are plenty of procedures and patients from which to learn.

We spend the majority of our intern year in the university setting, collaborating with other residents including 3 months on our own Family Medicine Service. In the 2nd year, approximately 50% of our time is apportioned to the Health Sciences Center campus, while the remainder is spent at various private facilities. In the 3rd year, more than 75% of the rotations are conducted off campus. This arrangement allows our residents to have the advantages of a university program along with the advantages of a community-based program.

Where is the Family Medicine Center located and what types of patients does it serve?
The Family Medicine Center is conveniently located on the OU Health Sciences Center campus. Residents can expect to see patients from all walks of life. In the last year, our clinic has seen 38% pediatric patients, 46% adult patients under 65, and 16% geriatric patients.

How much obstetrical experience will I receive?
Our interns are required to have 2 months of inpatient obstetric training. One month is caring for FMS patients and unassigned OB patients. The second month is with the OU OB/GYN Residency Program. This affords higher volume of deliveries and management of more high risk deliveries. As upper level residents, we have 2 months of OB rotations and also take care of continuity OB patients.

What will be the emphasis on rural medicine?
OU Family Medicine Residents are required to spend one month in a rural setting during the second year. This is in Weatherford or Shawnee with private physicians. Both are a short commute from Oklahoma City. Further rural elections are available if desired.

What will my call schedule be?
In your first year, you work night call q4 days on ICU and CCU months. During Family Medicine Service months there is a night float system for 4 - 5 nights in a row. 

In your second year the call schedule is roughly 21 nights per year, with the majority being in your two Family Medicine Service months.

The third year is roughly 12 calls during the year, with the majority in your call as chief of the Family Medicine Service.

What will my clinic schedule be?
As interns, clinic is one half day per week. Second year residents have 2-3 half days per week, including 1-2 procedure clinics per month. Third year residents are in clinic 3-4 half days per week, also with procedure clinic 1-2 times per month.

Is Oklahoma City a good place to live?
ABSOLUTELY!  Get to know Oklahoma City