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OU Department of Family and Community Medicine
Rural Track @ St. John’s
3400 SE Frank Phillips Blvd., Suite 300
Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74006
Phone: (918) 338-3724

Quality community-oriented primary health care with real-life experiences in a rural setting.

This Family Practice Rural Residency Track provides an academically sound learning opportunity in a rural setting. The first year of the track utilizes the educational resources of our parent Family Medicine program in Tulsa. The focus during the second and third years is on real-life and real-time experiences that prepare resident physicians to be successful in a rural primary care practice. This includes appropriate inpatient and ambulatory care experiences and significant interaction with primary care physicians in their rural practice sites. During the PGY-2/PGY-3 years the rural training track will use clinics in the regional rural health network of Jane Phillips Medical Center. These clinics are staffed with local primary care providers and "traveling" specialist physicians.

The PGY-2/PGY-3 schedule is structured enough to insure that graduates of this track can provide excellent primary medical care in a rural setting for their patients and also to pass the examination of the American Board of Family Medicine. The schedule is flexible enough to allow the trainee to develop areas of expertise specific to the needs of their practice site and to meet their individual expectations as a rural family physician. The rural track stresses the added curriculum concepts of the provider’s office being the rural minor emergency and occupational health clinics. We provide more emergency training, including farm trauma, and hazards of exposure to nature and caustic materials. Residents are required to be certified in ACLS and Neonatal Resuscitation. Certification in ATLS, PALS and ALSO is highly encouraged.

A valuable part of rural training is having the physician integrated into the rural community. We involve our residents in local community and school education. We strive to manage over 80% of our patient’s problems in our clinic with a minimum of specialty referrals. Our residents provide continuity of care for their patients throughout all three years of training, including, managing their patients on inpatient service during PGY-2/3 years on a daily basis.

If you would like further information about this opportunity, email our Coordinator at