Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Northeastern Health System, Tahlequah, OK

Family Medicine Residency Training

Program Description:

The residency program at Northeastern Health System is a community partnership with healthcare facilities centrally located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The program began its first year in July of 2009.

Northeastern Health System is a modern 100 bed facility that serves as a hub for trauma and patient care in Cherokee County, Oklahoma and adjacent surrounding communities.

Tahlequah is the home of Northeastern State university, the Cherokee Nation, Lake Tenkiller, and the scenic Illinois River. Tahlequah provides a “big city style” atmosphere in a rural community. Our residency program is within one hour of an international airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma without the traffic congestion and time delays of a large city.

Continuity Clinics are in Tahlequah and rotations are available at both Northeastern Health System, with 100 licensed beds, and Hastings Indian Medical Center, with licensed 60 beds.  Combined, the two hospitals constitute 160 beds of acute care with full-time multi-specialty coverage.  Our hospitals provide many other specialty services including: Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, Endovascular Surgery, Urology, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Orthopedic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Infectious Disease, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry, Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Pain Management, ENT, and Allergy Medicine.  Northeastern Health System is the only hospital of its size in the entire State of Oklahoma to offer open-heart surgery.  As an institution we have developed into a very progressive regional medical center.

The Mission of Northeastern Health System is to provide unsurpassed excellence in healthcare.  Quality is the key component in every service we offer, and we remain profoundly dedicated to the goal of producing the finest physicians in the profession.

Tahlequah is approved as a Physician Manpower Training Commission (PMTC) rural practice site.

 Department of Medicine Disciplines Include:

  • General Internal Medicine (in-patient and out-patient)
  • Critical Care (Medical ICU, Cardiovascular ICU)
  • Nephrology (in-patient acute dialysis and out-patient chronic dialysis) 
  • Diagnostic Cardiology 
  • Interventional Cardiology (fulltime on-call Cath lab)
  • Hematology
  • Oncology 
  • Infectious Disease 
  • Neurology
  • Pulmonary Medicine      
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hospitalist Program
  • Intensivist Program

Salary and Benefits:

PGY1 salary:                 $48,000
PGY2 salary:                 $49,000
PGY3 salary:                 $50,000
PTO/Sick Days:            15 per year
Health, dental, and vision insurance for the resident is paid by the 
CME Days:                    5 per year
Education Allowance:    $1,000-$2,000 per year, based on Post 
Graduate Year
Paid By Program:          Oklahoma Medical License, OBNDD, DEA, and AOA Dues

Institutional Data 

(including Tahlequah Medical Group, Northeastern Health System, Cherokee Nation Clinics, and Hastings Indian Medical Center):

Outpatient visits: 406,500    
Admissions: 6,100   
ER Visits: 66,700   
Births: 1,300   
Surgeries: 8,800   

The City of Tahlequah Oklahoma

Tahlequah provides a "big city style" yet maintains all the benefits that come with country living.  We are a university town with Northeastern State University in the center of our community.  We are the Capital City of the Cherokee Nation, endowing our town with a rich flavor of that proud and noble heritage.  Tahlequah is a vibrant city offering a unique blend of history, culture, and commerce.  Located at the western boundary of the Ozark Mountains and surrounded by lakes, rivers, and breathtaking natural beauty, our city is a popular destination for travelers from far and near.  It offers the highest quality of public service to the community and is a welcoming, livable, safe, and attractive environment for all our residents, businesses, and visitors.

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Contact Information

Doug Nolan, D.O.
Program Director/DME
Family Medicine Residency

M. Elaine Ramos, D.O.
Program Director/DME
Internal Medicine Residency

Janie Rodriguez
Residency Coordinator
918-456-8896 (fax)

Phyllis Smith
Administrative Program Director

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