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Program Director Welcome

justin chronisterWelcome to the Oklahoma State University Internal Medicine Residency Program in Tulsa, Oklahoma!

 

It is my pleasure as Program Director to introduce you to what our program has to offer. As most things, the best predictor of the future is the past. 

 

Our program was founded in 1954 and has graduated more than 200 residents. Our residents have gone on to pursue every imaginable career that is rooted in the foundation of a strong internal medicine backbone. This includes outpatient medicine, hospital-based medicine and fellowships in cardiology, nephrology, infectious disease, gastroenterology, pulmonary/critical care, rheumatology, hematology/oncology, endocrine and palliative care. Our outpatient doctors and hospitalists line the fabric of our city and are coveted by all the major health systems in our area.  
  
The building of our reputation is a simple story really. Every individual who touches our program is vetted thoroughly. That implementation of culture involves our faculty, as well as our residents. We believe that regardless of the type of technology, or state of the art facility a program might have, if you don’t have the people who believe that training physicians is a way of a life... a career... then all the fancy equipment in the world doesn’t matter. And although we utilize numerous advanced training modalities, and are on the brink of opening a state of the art simulation center, we still believe in teaching at the bedside.  We believe in the art of the physical exam, and the sanctity of learning from our patients.  

 

At OSU, our patient population is widely diverse. We serve as a tertiary care center and the referrals into our system allow our residents to see almost every imaginable pathology. In addition to the high number of referrals from our rural communities, we also benefit from serving the Ryan White HIV Clinic as a portion of our continuity clinic. This exposes our residents to approximately 1,000 HIV patients in Northeastern Oklahoma and gives them an advantage over others after they complete their residency. In addition to the HIV population, our residents also serve our veterans at the Muskogee VA. Between the VA experience and our Intensive Care Unit at OSU Medical Center, our residents quickly become procedurally adept and are able to train other residents on central venous catheters, arterial lines, intubations, bone marrow biopsies, lumbar punctures, thoracentesis and paracentesis by the completion of their residency.  

 

One last thought I would like to leave you with is that our program's success is measured by the success of our residents. Our wins and losses are shared. That feeling permeates our residency because at the end of the day we are family.

 

Thank you for your consideration of our program, and if there are any other questions we can answer for you that are not answered by our website, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

 

Sincerely,

Justin Chronister, D.O. 
Program Director 

Program Description

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at the OSU Center for Health Sciences is structured to prepare the resident for hospital-based practice or to proceed to fellowship training.

 

The three-year program features well-structured academics and board clinical training with an average daily inpatient census in excess of 200. Ample opportunity exists for critical care experience, invasive procedures and clinical research.

 

Our primary teaching services are housed at the Oklahoma State University Medical Center in downtown Tulsa. OSU Medical Center is one of the nation's largest osteopathic teaching hospitals and is the primary teaching hospital for the OSU Center for Health Sciences.  It acts as a tertiary care center regionally and is licensed for nearly 200 beds. 

 

Including Internal Medicine, there are 12 residencies housed at OSU Medical Center including general surgery, radiology, emergency medicine and ear, nose and throat and more. Our residents also rotate through the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee. 

Faculty

Mousumi Som

Mousumi Som, D.O.

Professor of Medicine

damon baker

Damon Baker, D.O.

Professor of MedicineChairman Department of MedicineChief Medical Officer, OSU Medical Center

Justin Chronister, D.O.

Justin Chronister, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor of MedicineProgram Director

Kathy Cook, D.O.

Kathy Cook, D.O.

Associate Professor of MedicineStudent Course Coordinator

Stacy Chronister, D.O.

Stacy Chronister, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Micah Derby, D.O.

Micah Derby, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

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Will Woods, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

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Kim Rector

Residency Coordinator

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Melissa Cox

Practice Administrator

Year 3 Residents

Dr. Stanley Brown

Dr. Stanley Brown

Program: OSU Internal MedicineMedical School: Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic MedicineUndergrad: The University of Science and Arts of OklahomaHometown: Holdenville, OKHobbies: Long walks on the beach, playing the ukulele in my one manband, and furthering my seven year run of being crowned, PeopleMagazine's "Sexiest Man Alive"

Dr. George Demopoulos

Dr. George Demopoulos

Program: OSU Internal MedicineMedical School: Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic MedicineUndergrad: Michigan State UniversityHometown: Canton, MIHobbies: MSU Football, MSU Basketball, Detroit Lions, Movies, Music,Scuba Diving, Golfing

Dr. Gershon Koshy

Dr. Gershon Koshy

Program: OSU Internal MedicineMedical School: Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic MedicineUndergrad: University of OklahomaHometown: Tulsa, OKHobbies: Golf, tennis, movies, and concerts

Dr. Jennifer Neff

Dr. Jennifer Neff

Program: OSU Internal MedicineMedical School: Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic MedicineUndergrad: University of OklahomaHometown: Oklahoma City, OKHobbies: Hiking and cycling

Dr. Nekita Patel

Dr. Nekita Patel

Program: OSU Internal MedicineMedical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic MedicineUndergrad: University of Central FloridaHometown: Clermont, FLHobbies: Cooking, baking, trying new foods, collecting coins, yoga, traveling and exploring new places

Dr. Jameson Pelton

Dr. Jameson Pelton

Program: OSU Internal MedicineMedical School: Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic MedicineUndergrad: University of OklahomaHometown: Noble, OKHobbies: Working out, sports, rock climbing, camping, spending quality timewith friends and family

Dr. Carter Schwartz

Dr. Carter Schwartz

Program: OSU Internal MedicineMedical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic MedicineUndergrad: Davidson UniversityHometown: Tampa, FLHobbies: Coins and travel

Dr. Alexander Thoman

Dr. Alexander Thoman

Program: OSU Internal MedicineMedical School: Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic MedicineUndergrad: University of OklahomaHometown: Tulsa, OKHobbies: Golf, fishing, backpacking

Dr. Michael Warren

Dr. Michael Warren

Program: OSU Internal MedicineMedical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Collegeof Osteopathic MedicineUndergrad: Brigham Young UniversityHometown: Bountiful, UTHobbies: Family, dirt biking, camping, triathlons, snowboarding

Year 2 Residents

Shafiq Al-Rifai

Shafiq Al-Rifai

Medical School: Oklahoma State University

Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson

Medical School: Campbell University

Shreyes Boddu

Shreyes Boddu

Medical School: Oklahoma State University

Aaron Bush

Aaron Bush

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial Debusk

Tyler Cobbs

Tyler Cobbs

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis

Medical School: Oklahoma State University

Marshal Harris

Marshal Harris

Medical School: Liberty University

Rachael Harris

Rachael Harris

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alisa Kim

Alisa Kim

Medical School: Rocky Vista University

Suma Nadimpalli

Suma Nadimpalli

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial Debusk University

Daniel Ostmo

Daniel Ostmo

Medical School: Oklahoma State University

Ekaterina Shapiro

Ekaterina Shapiro

Medical School: Oklahoma State University

Derek Srouji

Derek Srouji

Medical School: Oklahoma State University

Year 1 Residents

Travis Brachtenbach

Travis Brachtenbach

Medical School: Oklahoma State University

Jennifer Cox

Jennifer Cox

Medical School: Oklahoma State University

Gentry Decker

Gentry Decker

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial Debusk

Hallie Frederick

Hallie Frederick

Medical School: Arkansas State College of Osteopathic Medicine

Joshua George

Joshua George

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Fernando Magana

Fernando Magana

Medical School: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kishen Patel

Kishen Patel

Medical School: Campbell College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dipa Puwar

Dipa Puwar

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Mohammed Shaban

Mohammed Shaban

Medical School: Oklahoma State University

Alicia Tomlin

Alicia Tomlin

Medical School: Oklahoma State University

Corey Yeates

Corey Yeates

Medical School: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

Weston Zickgraff

Weston Zickgraff

Medical School: Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine

Daniel Tritz

Daniel Tritz

Medical School: Oklahoma State University

James Rapp

James Rapp

Medical School: Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine


Salary/Benefits

 Salary effective January 1, 2020
PGY 1 $51,322.00
PGY 2 $53,069.00
PGY 3 $54,958.00
PGY 4 $56,952.00
PGY 5 $58,858.00
PGY 6 $61,055.00
PGY 7 $63,507.00

Benefits

  • Individual and family medical insurance is fully-covered with dental and vision plans available for low monthly payments

  • 457 retirement savings plan

  • Individual life and disability insurance

  • Flexible spending account

  • Free breakfast and lunch at the OSU Medical Center cafeteria  

  • Residents/Fellows will pay a portion of their monthly health insurance premium plan selected by the medical center.


Alumni

2019-2020 Graduates 

Divya Akula -
David Alcorn -
Bob Aran -
Jason Bass -
Hanna Crow -
Linsea Ford -
Michael Hiebert -
Dev Jaiswal -
Kelly Natarajan -
Patrick Neff -

2018-2019 Graduates 

Kendal Allmaras Veterans Administration Faculty
Michael Engheta Cardiology Fellowship Baylor Scott and White
Rebecca Gupton Hospital Medicine
Muna Hale Nephrology Fellowship University of Oklahoma
Caleb Severns Hospital Medicine
Nathan Weber Primary Care
Kyle Wong Hospital Medicine

2017-2018 Graduates 

Michael Arquisola Hospitalist
Jonathan Besas Pulm/Critical Care Fellowship
Sully Drotar Hospitalist
Sai Guda Pulm/Critical Care Fellowship
Andrew Hale Cardiology Fellowship
Sarah Hanson Hospitalist
Teresa Hardesty Primary Care 
Larry Johnston Hospitalist
Tiffany Samples Hospitalist
Jennifer Thomas Primary Care 
John Vann Cardiology Fellowship

2016-2017 Graduates 

Daniel Bergeron  Cardiology Fellowship
Daniel Eshaghian Hospitalist
Tyler Jones Hospitalist
Linda Leduc Hospitalist
Ian Parker Cardiology Fellowship
Andrew Polito Pulm/Critical Care Fellowship
Shanaya Suchak Hospitalist
Charles Wilson Hospitalist
Will Woods Hospitalist

2015-2016 Graduates

Isaac Dennis Hospitalist
Micah Derby Private Practice
Aaron Isley Hospitalist
Jillian Hansen  Nephrology Fellowship
Michael Krease GI Fellowship
Leonard Lacefield Hospitalist
David Percy Hospitalist
Rebecca Thrun Private Practice
Kaleb Veit Hospitalist

2014-2015 Graduates

Brandon Bailey Hospitalist
Tucker Harrison Cardiology Fellowship
Patrick Henderson Cardiology Fellowship
Ryan Morgan Hospitalist
Kristina Smith Hospitalist
Jacob Sutton Hospitalist

2013-2014 Graduates

Celeste Boeckman Hospitalist
Tu Cao Cardiology Fellowship
Stephen Dixon Cardiology Fellowship
Brooke Esteves Oncology Fellowship
John Evans Cardiology Fellowship
Valerie Howard Private Pracitce (Outpatient) 
Andrew Patchett Nephrology Fellowship
Benjamin Shepard GI Fellowship
Dustin Tompkins Private Pracitce (Outpatient) 
Ragan Vaughan Hospitalist
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