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The OSUMC Internal Medicine Program has both a traditional and a specialty-track program.

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David F. Hitzeman, D.O.
Program Director
918.382.3535
918.382.3589 fax
dhitzeman@cox.net

To Schedule Internal Rotations please contact:
Amanda Scott
918-382-3535
amanda.l.scott@okstate.edu

OSU Medical Center

Internal Medicine Residency

Program Description
OSU Medical Center has been the training site of one of the premier Osteopathic Internal Medicine programs in the country.  Affiliation with Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences has ensured a strong base in academics and growth of the traditionally sound training programs.  Our residents have consistently achieved the number one rating on in-service examinations and board scores.  The Internal Medicine Residency at OSU Medical Center offers the traditional and fast track programs which prepare the trainee for a career as a hospitalist, ambulatory physician or the pursuit of a subspecialty fellowship. 

Fast-Track Program
This program is the most popular option chosen by entering residents.  The internal medicine training begins in the intern year and with successful completion allows the intern to move into the residency with advanced standing.  The first year includes a variety of medical specialties including emergency medicine, OB/GYN, surgery, radiology, anesthesia, and OMM in addition to four months of general internal medicine and one month of critical care.  The fast-track intern is considered a first year internal medicine resident and is given training opportunities usually reserved for residents.  They participate in the same academic activities with the upper level residents.  These include morning report, EKG conference, Harrison’s book club, journal club, internal medicine mini-rounds, and Nephrology grand rounds.  Night call is done in the intensive care unit with back up from a senior level resident.  This allows the intern to gain immediate exposure to many procedures such as central lines, swan ganz catheter placement, endotracheal intubations, thoracentesis, etc. The night call schedule is approximately 5-6 nights/month during internship and then done as monthly blocks in the 2nd and 3rd years.   The fast-track intern will also participate in the ambulatory continuity clinic one-half day per week allowing exposure to outpatient medicine and establishing a patient panel that will be followed throughout the remainder of the residency. After completion of the intern year the resident continues with general internal medicine, medicine subspecialties, and critical care medicine rotations.  During the PGY-2 year the resident will begin training one-half day per week in the IMSS (Internal Medicine Specialty Services) Clinic in addition to their general internal medicine clinic.  This is a clinic dedicated to the treatment of HIV positive patients.  The resident will become the primary care provider for a panel of patients.  This opportunity allows exposure to a variety of infectious diseases not otherwise seen in general internal medicine.  This experience has been a highlight of the training program, producing residents comfortable in diagnosing and treating complicated and serious infectious diseases.  All required rotations are available at OSU Medical Center.  Options for out-of-house electives are also available.   This program has traditionally produced internists highly trained in critical care medicine and coveted by hospitalist programs.  The combination of the two ambulatory clinics also prepares our graduates for an outpatient practice if desired.  Residents have the opportunity to pursue subspecialty training in cardiology, nephrology, pulmonology.  Our residents have been very successful obtaining fellowships here at OSU Medical Center and fellowships at  many prestigious institutions.  Our graduates are highly regarded by many regional fellowship programs.

Traditional Track

This program begins after completing an osteopathic internship.  The resident will begin the internal medicine program as a PGY-2, first year resident.  They will participate in the academic activities as described above.  Night call is also in the ICU and will be transitioned to a block schedule as the resident’s clinical skills progress.  The resident will immediately participate in the ambulatory internal medicine clinic.  After their PGY-2 year they will also participate in the IMSS clinic. The resident is expected to complete 36 months of internal medicine training (general medicine and subspecialties) prior to graduation.  Advanced placement may be granted for residents with superior performance based on internal medicine rotations completed during the internship year. This will allow the resident to graduate early with advanced standing.   

Faculty

The primary core of teaching faculty for the residency consists of six board certified full-time general internists.  This group is highly motivated, experienced, and dedicated to producing highly trained internal medicine physicians.  Our faculty’s primary responsibility is to the residency, allowing ample time for teaching and rounding.  All academic activities are supervised and conducted by faculty members.  Other members of the faculty include two clinical pharmacists with specialty training in endocrinology and infectious diseases.  They provide input on pharmaceuticals, medication dosing, anti-infective regimens and are active participants in the academic program.  Subspecialty training is provided by a variety of physicians with adjunct faculty appointments.  

Fellowships

Approved Positions

  • 24 positions