What are your future plans?
We are moving to Charlotte, NC, at the end of May to begin residency! Grace will be starting her training in pediatrics and Josh in general surgery.
Share an experience you had at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine that helped you determine your career goals.
Each of our experiences on our clinical rotations by working closely with faculty and resident mentors inspired us to enter our chosen fields.
Grace had great mentorship by the pediatric faculty and residents who showed compassionate and holistic care. Grace remembers seeing a busy mom in the pediatric clinic who hadn’t received medical care for herself and was uninsured, and so Grace and Dr. Escala helped her get connected with Bedlam Clinic. Grace got to see her months later in Bedlam after she had been treated for her condition and was returning for follow-up and was feeling great.
Josh knew he wanted to be a surgeon when he first stepped foot in an OR, hands held up after scrubbing in. He credits supportive surgical faculty and residents for their influence in his future career.
What were some of your favorite moments as a Tulsa Sooner?
Josh’s is volunteering with the Big Event with Habitat for Humanity to help build a house.
One of Grace’s favorite memories was helping with the suture clinics and inspiring undergraduates to attend medical and PA school, especially all the fellow left-handers.
Tell us about some of your favorite classes at the School of Community Medicine.
Josh’s favorite classes were GI and Hepatobiliary, and America’s Quest for Health taught by Dr. Clancy. He liked the GI course because of the way the professors interconnected physiology, pathology, and anatomy. Dr. Clancy’s course was a unique Tulsa experience, and taught him about the healthcare system in its context.
Grace’s favorite classes were BHL (Blood, Hematopoiesis & Lymphatics) with Dr. Kern and the Social Determinants of Health enrichment course with Dr. Teague. Dr. Kern was a fun teacher whose passion for hematology made class more enjoyable. The Social Determinants of Health course was a great way to get connected to Tulsa and meet guest faculty members, including her future culinary medicine boss, Dr. Wetherill.
What would you tell someone thinking about going to the School of Community Medicine?
The School of Community Medicine is a fantastic, intimate, learning environment with passionate faculty and staff. The incredible people at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine make the experience unique. The culture fosters closeness with your classmates and teamwork, but will encourage you to be independent. You will love both the Tulsa community and the OU-TU School of Community Medicine community, and feel honored to be a part of the mission of service.
Tell us about anything else that made your time at the School of Community Medicine meaningful.
The opportunity to work in the Bedlam Clinic is unparalleled. The patients are incredible – they are truly patient as you are learning and are gracious. The volunteer faculty and staff are helpful and it offers another avenue to get to know them personally, such as Dr. Sudduth, who always takes the time to talk about our personal lives.