Frequently Asked Questions

Can I rotate with your program?

From August through February we offer a two-week elective rotation for fourth-year medical students in United States LCME-accredited medical schools. We limit the rotation to three students at a time, so that each can gain a quality experience. Third-year and fourth-year medical students at the University of Oklahoma can also choose Great Plains for their required family medicine rotations or sub-internship. Contact the Program Manager for more information.

Do you have extern, intern, or observer positions available?

No, we do not.

What is your accreditation status?

We are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), having received four years accreditation after our last site visit.

Will osteopathic residents (DOs) have problems getting licensed since Great Plains is not accredited through the American Osteopathic Association?

The first year of residency is a twelve-month rotating internship, which has qualified all of our previous osteopathic residents for licensure in Oklahoma.

Do you require that osteopathic applicants take the USMLE?

No, we accept COMLEX for osteopathic medical students.

How many letters of recommendation do you require?

We require three letters of recommendation. International medical graduates should have at least one letter of recommendation from a supervising physician in the United States.

What are the minimum score requirements for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK?

We don't have minimum score requirements, but we do require that all applicants pass Steps 1 and 2 (including CS) of the USMLE within three attempts each i.e. no more than two failures on each step.

Do you require Step 2 CS before issuing an interview invitation?

No, though we do prefer applicants to take and pass Step 2 CS before the rank order list is due in mid-February.

What is the last date to apply for residency?

All applicants should apply through ERAS by November 1.

Do you require clinical experience in the United States?

Yes, we require a minimum of 12 months of hands-on, supervised clinical experience in the US.

Do you sponsor J1 or H1 visas?

No, we are unable to sponsor visas. All applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents.

Do I need to be ECFMG certified before applying?

No, but we do require that all international medical graduates be ECFMG certified prior to the rank order list deadline.

What is your graduation-year cut-off?

Applicants need to have graduated from medical school within the last three years and have stayed "medically active" since that time.

How many positions do you offer each year?

We have five positions per year.

Do you offer positions outside of the Match?

No, we do not.

Do you offer part-time or shared residency positions?

Our program has not had part-time or shared-time residents. We support the concept, but there are challenges, primarily because of American Board of Family Medicine requirements. Anyone who matches into our program would be expected to be full-time. Should residents' require a change in status due to unforeseen circumstances, then we would work with our residents to find a solution.

When do you begin and then complete ranking applicants?

Faculty and residents discuss applicants throughout the interview season (November - January) and will begin ranking applicants when interviews are completed. Our final rank list is submitted in February.

Are there other residency programs at your participating hospitals?

INTEGRIS Health sponsors a radiology residency, an emergency medicine residency and the interns from the University of Oklahoma's anesthesia program. Neither of those programs "competes" with ours. There are no other programs at Alliance Health Deaconess Hospital.

When are new residents required to report for orientation?

Orientation usually begins the last two weeks of June, though new residents will need to complete the employment process up to a month prior. New residents officially begin rotations and clinic responsibilities on July 1.

About how many hours per week does a resident work?

Interns work, on average, 50-70 hours per week, while upper-levels average 40-50 hours per week, with most upper-level rotations at the lower end of that range.

What courses and certifications are provided for residents?

We require and pay for courses and certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics, Basic Life Support, the Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Advanced Trauma Life Support and STABLE (post-resuscitation/pre-transport of neonates) are not required, but offered.

Are licensure expenses and examinations paid for by the program?

Yes, we pay for allopathic and osteopathic licensure expenses, USMLE Step 3, and COMLEX Level 3, as well as DEA certification and the Oklahoma narcotics license (OBN).

Does the program offer membership in professional organizations?

Yes, we provide residents' membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians, Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, American Medical Association, Oklahoma State Medical Association, and Oklahoma County Medical Association.

Are residents allowed to moonlight?

Yes, with approval of the program director, moonlighting is permitted for upper-level residents who are fully licensed. Moonlighting is monitored to ensure residents manage their time appropriately.

Do the residents use an electronic health record?

Yes, the family medicine clinic utilizes an EHR, as do both of our teaching hospitals - Deaconess Hospital and Integris Baptist Medical Center. All INTEGRIS facilities are fully integrated on Epic.

What is the clinic schedule like?

PGY1s are in clinic one to two sessions (half-days) per week, PGY2s are in clinic three to four sessions per week, and PGY3s are in clinic four to five sessions per week.

How far away is the family medicine clinic from the two teaching hospitals?

Great Plains is less than two blocks from either hospital.

What's it like working in two different hospitals?

It's not as complicated as it seems. On call, residents stay at either IBMC or Deaconess and answer calls at either hospital as they come. The back-up resident is always available to come in, if necessary. Most rotations are geared to one hospital or the other or the majority of time is spent in a specialist's office.

Do you provide meals?

We provide meals for three to four conferences a week, plus snacks, coffee, and sodas in the family medicine clinic. Residents also eat for free at both hospitals. (None of this is sponsored by drug companies.)

How flexible is the rotation schedule?

We build in quite a lot of flexibility by having an elective month in the PGY2 year, and three months of electives in the PGY3 year. We assist the residents in finding elective experiences to help meet their unique needs or desires. We work closely with residents to make adjustments in the rotation schedule when needed for family leave or related situations.