Family Medicine Residency Program

An ACGME accredited program committed to training competent and compassionate family medicine physicians.


  • Only applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) are accepted. Use NRMP Match Code #2171120C1 and ACGME ID #1203900662 OMECO-Choctaw Nation, Talihina
  • Use NRMP match code 2171120C1 to find the Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma (OMECO/Talihina) Program.
  • Osteopathic Recognition eligibility criteria for D.O. Graduates
    • Successful Graduation from a Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)-accredited college of osteopathic medicine (COM).
    • Applicant will be designated an osteopathic resident upon matriculation into the program.
    • During Residency
      • Complete 60 hours of OPP Continuing Medical Education, approved by OMECO, achieved through any of the following: CME courses, didactics, elective rotations, etc. Focusing on clinical application.
      • Successfully pass an OMM basic skills competency practical examination, administered by CNHSA faculty prior to PGY-2
      • Satisfactorily progress through the Osteopathic Recognition Milestones during residency

      How to Apply

      Only applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) are accepted. Use NRMP Match Code #2171120C1 and ACGME ID #1203900662 OMECO-Choctaw Nation, Talihina.

      Additional Information

      Family medicine is the cornerstone of medical practice, the program is broad in scope and designed to develop a family physician who cares for the whole person and their family.

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

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


      Program Block Schedule

      The residency program block schedule is tailored to satisfy ACGME requirements for training family medicine physicians. The curriculum offers well-rounded and balanced training sufficient to allow graduates to practice full-spectrum family medicine as well as offer them time to pursue special interests via elective rotations.

      Call specifics

      Call coverage is an essential part of training. Handled correctly, call coverage can provide an excellent opportunity for education, promoting a sense of independence while providing a service to the training institution. Call coverage at Choctaw Nation Family Medicine Residency (CNFMR) will be managed in a way that has prioritized optimal educational experience without negatively impacting the physical and mental well-being of the trainees. CNFMR continues to adhere to ACGME guidelines regarding duty hours. Residents take inpatient medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics calls on-site. The call frequency averages once every ten days with approximately one weekend call per month. A comfortable call room for residents is always available. Each call room has a computer with high-speed internet, telephone, small refrigerator, full shower, television and is fully stocked with food and beverages.

      Competitive Salary and Benefits Package

      • PGY 1: $65,000 annually
      • PGY 2: $67,500 annually
      • PGY 3: $70,000 annually

      Paid Leave

      • Annual Leave / Sick Leave / Study Time
      • 160 hours – Equivalent to four weeks (subject to leave policy rules)

      Educational Stipend

      • $2,000/year


      • Family Medical Insurance
      • Disability Insurance
      • Life Insurance
      • Dental Insurance
      • Visual Insurance
      • Professional Liability Insurance (coverage as resident only – does not cover moonlighting)


      • Resident family housing available on campus at reduced rent
      • Accommodations provided for off-site rotations
      • Off-site stipend of $500/month while on required off-site rotations

      Paid Dues and Fees

      • ACOFP, AOA, AAFP resident memberships
      • Board examination fees and associated expenses for first attempt
      • DEA and OBNDD fees
      • COMLEX Level 3 fees and associated expenses for PGY 1 residents

      Additional Benefits

      • Free cafeteria meals while on-site
      • Food and snacks in resident call room
      • 2 custom lab coats ordered by the program
      • Expansive medical library resources including availability of electronic resources (UpToDate, etc.)
      • Moonlighting opportunities (at program director’s discretion)
      • New laptop computer (PGY1)
      • Parking privileges
      • Free employee fitness center
      • Retirement benefits after one year with our health system
      • TrueLearn membership for PGY-1 provided by our sponsoring institution

      The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) with Osteopathic Recognition.

      No minimum on the COMLEX or USMLE score. Evaluating applicants based upon multiple factors with COMLEX/USMLE scores being only one.

      Yes. However, a traditionally osteopathic-focused family medicine residency program. Following our sponsoring institution’s requirements regarding allopathic applicants.

      Currently offering five positions each year.

      No, a fully unopposed residency program.

      On average, our resident physicians typically work about 60-70 hours per week.

      Residents are trained for certification in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Nexplanon, Botox for migraine, MAT training, and IUD placement/removal. An on-site SIM Lab has been added as part of the resident skills training.

      Yes, the program pays for all licensure expenses, including Oklahoma Training license, Oklahoma Medical license, COMLEX Level 3 and board exam related expenses, DEA certification and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD) registration.

      Yes, resident membership dues for appropriate professional organizations and encourage active involvement are provided.

      Yes, with approval of the program director, moonlighting is permitted for upper-level residents who are fully licensed. Moonlighting is monitored and counted toward residents’ duty hours to ensure continued compliance with all ACGME requirements.

      Yes, residents use an electronic health record on all rotations.

      PGY-1s see patients in the outpatient continuity clinic one day per week except during their inpatient pediatrics rotation. PGY-2s and PGY-3s see patients two days per week in our clinic unless on specific off-site rotations.

      Yes, residents may eat in our cafeteria free of charge during breakfast and lunch hours. Outside cafeteria hours, food is provided in the resident call room.

      Disclaimer: Due to cafeteria closure for construction, food will be provided in an alternate manner.

      The program has built in a fair amount of flexibility in our block schedule by offering six one-month elective rotations. Working closely with the residents in tailoring our “fixed” rotations to support their unique needs or interests. All residents develop an individualized learning plan at the beginning of their residency so that their future practice goals and specific educational needs are prioritized. This plan is revisited semi-annually and may be revised as the resident progresses through training.

      Yes, a mandatory didactics with protected time on Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. and board review Thursdays from 7-8 a.m.

      No, at this time no sponsor visas.

      • Prioritizing the health and safety of our resident physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic, implementing multiple policies and procedures to ensure their continued well-being without compromising their education.
      • Offering COVID-19 vaccines to our patients and employees at no cost.

      Attempts to reserve time for 4th year audition rotations in July through January of each year. Also having rotating students for community hospital, community clinic, and rural clinic rotations. The best time for those rotations is February through June.

      Opportunities for rotations with the program may be limited, so interested applicants should apply early.

      In 1999, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the first tribe to build its own hospital with its own funding. Located in Talihina, Oklahoma, 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. This is the hub of health care services covering the Choctaw Nation.

      Choctaw Nation Health Services (CNHSA) provides more than just hospital care. In addition to the 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 include Behavioral Health, Women’s and Men’s Substance Abuse facilities and Optometry.

      One of the great benefits of CNHSA is that the areas of care are located in many cities, so they can provide health care close to patients. 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.

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

      CNHSA’s mission is “To provide the highest quality care to the people we serve.” Staff members are relentless and uncompromising as they fulfill their mission to improve the health of the people they serve. Honoring CNHSA’s values of compassion, accountability, respect and excellence compels them to do no less.

      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 in 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 the original town. Talihina is located a short and scenic 45-minute drive from Poteau, OK, an 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.