Dec. 6, 2012
MRHC Launches New Family Practice, Internal Medicine Residency Programs
McAlester Regional Health Center and the Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma in partnership with the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine announced the approval of two new residency programs in McAlester on Wednesday.
MRHC will offer residency programs in family practice and internal medicine with an emphasis on primary care and internal medicine in a rural setting. MRHC completed an extensive credentialing process and was approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) last month. The first group of residents will begin practicing in July.
The OSU Center for Rural Health has worked with MRHC in the accreditation of the residency programs and providing start-up funding through the Oklahoma Hospital Residency Training Program. The funding was approved by the Oklahoma Legislature and Gov. Mary Falllin in June to create new residency programs at rural hospitals across the state.
Ronald Tanner, D.O., Ph.D., will serve as MRHC's director of medical education. Tanner, a family practice physician, is double board certified in emergency medicine and family medicine. Tanner has served on the committee to design and administer the National Certifying Exam for Hospitalist Certification and directed residency programs in Texas and Arkansas.