About Our Program

Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority is pleased to offer our full support to the Choctaw Nation Family Medicine Residency Program in Talihina, OK. Our ACGME accredited program is committed to training competent and compassionate family medicine physicians.

Our program’s philosophy is that family medicine is the cornerstone of medical practice and, in so being, our program is necessarily broad in scope and designed to develop a family physician that is able to care for the whole person and their family.

Continuous and comprehensive care is an essential longitudinal component of our educational experiences. Our residents are trained to provide evidence based acute, chronic and preventative medical care in any setting including our hospital, outpatient residency clinic and long term care facilities. Our residents are expected to maintain a continuing physician-patient relationship through all stages of life and phases of care.

Our rotations are specifically designed to provide a broad base of patient care experiences with increasing levels of complexity and patient care responsibility. Some of our rotations involve critical care and other specialties not available on site within the Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority. For these rotations our resident physicians are trained at a tertiary care training hospital facility with an affiliation agreement with our program.

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About Talihina

Talihina (pronounced "tah-luh-HEE-nuh") is a small town in LeFlore County, Oklahoma. Commonly referred to as The Village Between the Mountains or The Mountain Gateway, Talihina is nestled into the foothills of the Ouachita National Forest near Talimena State Park. Talihina’s name originates from two Choctaw words, tully and hena, meaning “iron road”, which is in reference to the railroad around which the town was originally built. Talihina is located a short and scenic 45 minute drive from Poteau, OK, 1 hour from McAlester, OK, 1.5 hours from Fort Smith, AR (nearest commercial airport), 2.5 hours from Tulsa, OK and 3.5 hours from Dallas, TX.


About Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority

In 1999, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the first tribe to build its own hospital with its own funding. The Choctaw Nation Health Care Center is a 140,000 square foot health facility with 44 hospital beds for inpatient care and 52 outpatient exam rooms located in Talihina, OK. This is the center or hub of our health care services covering the Choctaw Nation.

Choctaw Nation Health Services provides more than just hospital care. In addition to being a 44 bed hospital, the Talihina facility houses Dental, Laboratory, X-Ray, CT and MRI Scanning, Mammography, Ultrasound, Pharmacy, Primary Medical Care, Surgical, Emergent Care, Physical and Respiratory Therapy, Transportation, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Podiatry, Telemedicine and Ophthalmology. Also on campus is a Diabetic Wellness facility with a fitness center. Additional services located off-campus includes Behavioral Health, Women’s and Men’s Substance Abuse facilities and Optometry.

One of the great benefits to the Choctaw Nation Health Services is that the areas of care are located in many cities so that they can provide health care close to where their patients live. The health system has seven outlying clinics located in: Atoka, Broken Bow, Hugo, Idabel, McAlester, Poteau and Stigler as well as an Employee Health clinic located in Durant and a Community Clinic in downtown Talihina.stickball

Boasting a multi-specialty medical staff, Choctaw Nation Health Services renders medical care through both inpatient services and over 540,000 outpatient visits annually.

Our mission is “To provide the highest quality care to the people we serve.” We are relentless and uncompromising as we fulfill our mission to improve the health of the people we serve. Honoring our values of compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence compels us to do no less.




One Choctaw Way
Talihina, Oklahoma 74571
(918) 567-7000
(800) 349-7026


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