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Outstanding Programs, Caring Faculty

Residents in the OU-TU School of Community Medicine are trained in population-based healthcare management, improving patient care and increased patient satisfaction. These areas of concentration prepare our residents to be successful physicians in any clinical setting in a rural or urban community.

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The training at the School of Community Medicine is excellent as shown by our outstanding board pass rate and most importantly the attitudes of our residents and faculty. The City of Tulsa is a must see! It is a hidden secret of beauty, culture, rolling hills, friendly environment and ample entertainment.

The University of Oklahoma was founded in 1890 and has provided Oklahomans excellence in undergraduate and graduate education for more than a century. The College of Medicine was organized in 1900, emerged as a four-year degree-granting school in the early 1900s and awarded its first degree in 1911. To expand medical education in Oklahoma, the School of Community Medicine, formerly known as the College of Medicine-Tulsa, was established in 1972.

The physicians in the School of Community Medicine have formed a group practice, OU Physicians. In addition to their commitment to education and research, the OU Physicians are experienced, cutting-edge clinical practitioners with a great deal to offer referring physicians and their patients.



James Herman, M.D., MSPH, DEAN

Dr. Herman

University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren named Dr. James M. Herman as Dean of the School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, following an extensive national search. The school has expanded from a clinical two-year campus for third- and fourth-year students to a four-year campus that is a joint project between the University of Tulsa and OU. Dr. Herman oversees  the OU-TU School of Community Medicine, which began classes with 25 first-year medical students last August.

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Resident Profile

Dr. Melissa McGinnis, Internal Medicine

Native Californian Dr. Melissa McGinnis had never been to Oklahoma when she applied for residency in Internal Medicine, and like many, she didn’t envision it as an exciting place. “I’ll be honest,” she said, laughing, “I thought it was a big, flat, farmland, with nothing here.” Still, she was drawn to OU’s program by two things in particular. First, its acceptance and support of families, since she and her fiancé were both applying for residency. The other was its size. “It’s a university program, but a smaller one that prevents being swallowed up in the crowd. It offers a sense of community but also large university advantages, such as links to other programs and fellowship opportunities.

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