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Why Family Medicine at OU-Tulsa?

Jeff Banks, MD

Jeff Banks, MD

Recent Graduate - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa, OK

“I didn’t even know what family medicine was when I started medical school, but I slowly learned that it was exactly what I was looking for. It fit with the ideals I had as a kid of what I thought a doctor should be: essentially the ‘Jack-of-all-trades’ of medicine with the ability to diagnose, triage, treat, and manage just about anything or anyone who comes through the door.  Pediatrics, obstetrics, and adult medicine. You can’t beat that.”

Alejandra David, MD


PGY3 - Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia

“I chose OU-Tulsa for residency because I really liked the community here. I’ve been to the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas several times before visiting family and friends, and I really enjoyed just how much culture there is in the area. There is a great restaurant scene, a lot of concerts and shows, and I really like that they are building a lot of new outdoor recreation areas, like the Gathering Place. It is also a fairly short drive to other great metro areas. I feel like the residents here are very supportive of each other, and they really work well together. I really wanted an environment that was about training the best residents. I felt like I found that fit here.”

Wayne Raneiro, MD

Wayne Raneiro

Recent Graduate - St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine, Willemstad, Curacao

“The number one reason I chose OU Family Medicine as my residency is because of the culture they encompass. They are very warm, very supportive, and they strive to treat the community as a whole – not just treating the pathology, but they treat the entire person.  I’m very fortunate to have the School of Community Medicine teaching me how to practice in a community setting.  I’m from Philadelphia, and many programs on east coat and major cities don’t offer the community medicine experience that Tulsa does here.”

Simone Bigelow, DO


PGY3 - Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, OK

“I chose FM as a career because I really enjoy working with a wide variety of people and I really enjoy the continuity that you get in caring for patients in a family practice.  You get to know them and you get to know their families, and I really like that.”  

Franklin “Trey” Perkins, MD


PGY3 - St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies

“One of the top reasons I chose OU Family Medicine was the family atmosphere.  I feel at home with the residents and faculty, and the faculty are committed to helping residents reach their potential.  I’m also really interested in sports medicine, so having a sports medicine fellowship connected to the program gives additional hands on experience.”

Chad Keeney, MD


PGY3 - Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, OK

“I chose Family Medicine as a career because I felt like it gave me a wide range of opportunity. I can work in a hospital. I can work in a private practice. I can work in a group practice. I can work in an ER. It really opens almost every door in primary care medicine and I knew that’s what I wanted to do from the beginning.”

Starr Hamon, DO


PGY-2, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Hattiesburg, MS

“I chose OU Tulsa because I instantly felt at home when I rotated here. The people are so welcoming, and there is an atmosphere of encouragement and growth. With an extra emphasis on clinic, I knew I could become the well-rounded family physician that I desired. I have the opportunity to build a relationship with my patients in the clinic as well as in the hospital." 

James Brigance, MD


PGY-2 - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa, OK

"I chose Family Medicine at OU-Tulsa because during my time spent here I saw firsthand the hard work faculty and residents put into their community and their patients. The people I met here were amazing and very helpful. I never felt out of place or looked down on as a student and felt a real sense of family. The faculty are passionate about teaching and helping to make you the best doctor you can be. The 2+2 program allows for focused learning on each rotation without losing patient continuity throughout your 3 years here. Our program leadership values physician wellness and helps to maintain your sense of humanism throughout our busy and difficult training. I am very happy with my decision to join the OU-Tulsa Family Medicine team.”

Tuan Pham, MD


PGY3 - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK

"Social inequities greatly impact health by negatively influencing access, quality, and cost of healthcare. Nowhere is this more evident than rural Oklahoma, where the majority of the underserved populations reside.   As a firm believer of social justice, that every person should have to right to the highest standard of healthcare, making the decision to join the OU-Tulsa was an easy one.  After residency, I am planning to pursue a fellowship in geriatrics palliative care."