Last Friday, five Family Medicine residents celebrated their graduation and the week prior four Emergency Medicine residents had their graduation. Both residency programs began in 2014 at CCMH. Dr. Karen Schafer, retired physician, was instrumental in getting the Family Medicine program established. Both residency programs are ACGME accredited. Our institutional sponsor is Oklahoma State University. CCMH is excited that some of the residents will stay on as physicians with the hospital. “As a highly under-served area for healthcare it’s important to ensure we have a mechanism to retain qualified physicians for our community and the surrounding areas. Statistics show that 50% of physicians stay in the area where they are trained. It’s a win win program for the residents, the hospital and the patients they serve. We are excited that many of our residents choose to stay with CCMH each year,” said Sharon Smith, Graduate Medical Education Administrator. Congratulations to all the graduates!
CCMH would like to welcome the new residents of the emergency and family medicine residency programs. A total of eight are joining the medical staff for their training. The Emergency Medicine Residency Program is a four year program designed to train resident physicians to provide quality emergency care in the context of an extremely busy emergency department. Residents have the opportunity to participate in the formal training of medical students and residents throughout their residency.
The Family Medicine Residency Program is a three year program with a curriculum that emphasizes rural ambulatory care and comprehensive family medical services and has a continuity care clinic supported by the Lawton Community Health Center. We would also like to recognize our current residents, as well as the new residents of the OU Physicians Family Medicine Residency Program:
Emergency Medicine Residents
Doctors Christy Bullard, Ryan Ford, Samantha Harris, and Alexander Torres Third Year Doctors Daniel Dorton, William Murry, Alexander Swan and Matthew Wood Second Year Doctors Tyler Adams, Sampson Hitchcock, Justin Magalassi and Devin Toll.
Family Medicine Residents
Doctors Sarah Cox, Phong Luu, Gretchen Stroud, Ryan Winfrey Second Year Mariam Bennett, Mercedez Bernard, Hunter Janz and Iryna Polyakova. Both programs have been overseen by the Director of Medical Education, which is Robert Behrmann, DO. Each program has a Program Director which is James McClay, DO for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program and Karen Schafer, DO for the Family Medicine Residency Program.