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From the Program Director


William Butron, MD

Medicine/Pediatrics Associate Residency Program Director

Welcome to the website for the Section of Medicine/Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. I am delighted to have an opportunity to highlight some of the exciting work of our faculty and to announce the opening of our brand new Med/Peds continuity clinic at the OU Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Center.

The Section of Medicine/Pediatrics is committed to the fundamental goal of the OU School of Community Medicine: to improve the health and health care of our entire region. Our Med/Peds residency program is on the leading edge of efforts to reduce health disparities in Tulsa county. Across Tulsa county, there is a 14-year difference in life expectancy, with north Tulsa being most adversely affected.  OU has recently completed construction of the Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Center, named for the OU legend and former NBA star who lived in north Tulsa and tragically died of cancer in 2009.

The Section of Medicine/Pediatrics includes 5 core Med/Peds faculty, our co-Program Directors, and several community Med/Peds physicians who are part of our clinical faculty. Our faculty reflects the spectrum of opportunity available to Med/Peds-trained physicians: from primary care Med/Peds to transition care to specialty practices in Adult and Pediatric Endocriniology, Preventive Cardiology, and Palliative Care. In addition, Dr. David Kendrick leads the innovative work of the MyHealth Access Network, improving patient safety, care coordination, and outcomes through health information technology and the launch of a regional health information exchange.

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our faculty, our residents and residency program, and our efforts to improve the health and health care for the Tulsa region.

 


  Residents in our program now enjoy the ability to develop and refine their   outpatient management skills in the Schusterman Center Clinic on the main campus of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa. This 100,000 square foot facility opened in June, 2007 and enhances the environment of both patient and provider in ambulatory medicine, pediatrics,obstetrics and gynecology, geriatrics, and diabetic care.

There are tremendous things happening in Tulsa, and we hope you will strongly consider becoming part of the action. Northeastern Oklahoma is a wonderful location for families and individuals alike, offering a wide variety of cultural, artistic, and outdoor activities. Our program seeks to ensure that you have the right balance of patient care experience and education while maintaining your own personal interests outside of medicine.