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Why Family Medicine at OU-Tulsa?

Jeff Banks, MD

Jeff Banks, MD

PGY3 - 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.”

Tamara Woleston, MD

Tamara Woleston

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

“I chose OU Family Medicine to do my residency because I was looking for a family medicine program that truly embraced being part of a community, serving a community, and enforcing continuity of care. That’s one thing we do really well here. We remain connected to our patients. We’re taught about the resources that will directly benefit our patients. We get to maintain a long-term relationship with them that I think is critical if you’re learning how to be a doctor who’s a fixture in the community.”

M. Shoaib Khan, MD

M. Shoaib Khan

Recent graduate - Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan

"Prior to starting residency, I had a research career and once I decided to pursue clinical training, I was looking for a program that would not only accept academics and research as an important tool but actually incorporate it into the training. This program is unique in its structure with a dedicated research team to help residents develop their skills in academics and research. Very few family medicine residency programs provide the collegial work environment that this one does, so when I interviewed, I experienced the comfortable atmosphere, which made me feel right at home. It was actually an easy decision for me.”

Eric Lee, MD

Eric Lee

PGY2 - University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, OH

“I was attracted to the amount they emphasized physician wellness during training. That was a big deal to me.  I have family and a partner that is long distance, so being able to have that flexibility is really important.  One of the great things about our program is that while we’re in clinic, we have more free time, so I’ve been able to do a lot of things I like to do. I’m living downtown in the middle of a bunch of awesome apartment buildings.  My rent is great.  I can walk to wherever I want to go.  It’s a clean, fun city, and I really enjoy living downtown.”

Alejandra David, MD

Alejandra David

PGY2 - 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.”

Tatenda Goronga, MD

Tatenda Goronga

PGY3 - Windsor University School of Medicine, St. Kitts, West Indies

“I am interested in working with underserved populations, and with this program, I am able to work with the patient population that I would most likely work with after residency.  After residency, I plan to work in a rural area and at some point, I would like to go back to Africa and work with the patient population I’ve been trained for.”

Wayne Raneiro, MD

Wayne Raneiro

PGY3 - 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

Simone Bigelow

PGY2 - 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

Franklin Perkins

PGY2 - 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

Chad Keeney

PGY2 - 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.”

Why Rural Medicine?

Robyn Lovitt, MD

Robyn Lovitt

Recent graduate - Saint James School of Medicine, Saint Vincent, The Grenadines

“I specifically chose rural medicine because I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, and the rural track has offered me "hands on" experience, as well as continuity.  I like smaller towns, so Bartlesville suits me better. It has many amenities of a city with a small town feel.  If you're looking for a place to eat in Bartlesville, the green chili burger and bread pudding at Frank & Lola's is a must!” 

Wesley Kramer, MD

Chad Keeney

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

“I am interested in working with populations that are non-urban. I am personally attracted to the outdoor and rural lifestyle, and feel a sense of connection with others who do as well. I think it would be fulfilling to help them be healthy. Bartlesville is a town with community character and cultural and natural attractions. People from all over the world work and live here due to the companies that are established here, and the patients I treat in the clinical setting reflect that, which I enjoy.”

Tuan Pham, MD

Tuan Pham

PGY2 - 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 Rural Track was an easy one.  After residency, I am planning to pursue a fellowship in geriatrics palliative care."

"Here in Bartlesville, most restaurants and hangout places are within a five-minute drive, so everything is conveniently located. Frank and Lola's and the Painted Horse are must-tries!"