Health Services


Family Medicine Residency

About the Program

The Cherokee Nation Family Medicine Residency Program offers Primary Care Track emphasis on a three-year curriculum as outlined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The program provides progressive learning experiences that develop the attitude, skills, and knowledge to efficiently provide quality patient care. Residents train to become well-rounded, rural-based, physicians that will help address the primary care physician shortage in Oklahoma and the surrounding region.

The family medicine residency training program has been present in Tahlequah, since 2009. In 2020, the program received ACGME accreditation and became the Cherokee Nation Family Medicine Residency Program. In addition, the program received Osteopathic Recognition from ACGME in 2020.

The mission of Cherokee Nation Family Medicine Residency Program is to provide exemplary medical care to our Native American patients with compassion, integrity, and skill. The program also supports the mission of the sponsoring institution, Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma (OMECO), of partnering with individuals, families, and communities to improve our health and quality of life.

About Tahlequah

Tahlequah, Oklahoma is the capitol of the Cherokee Nation and home to Northeastern State University. Growth is on the rise in Tahlequah with the Nation's First Tribally Affiliated Medical School. OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation was completed in the fall of 2020.


Each year of residency will consist of four-week rotations that are completed within various clinics.


The residency program includes weekly academic sessions.


Resident benefits include a competitive salary, insurance, educational resources, professional memberships, and more.

Application Process

Application requirements and information about the application, interview, and selection process.

Current Residents

CNHS Family Medicine Residency consists of medical school graduates that come from a variety of backgrounds.

Previous Graduates

After graduation, many of our residents pursue medical careers at CNHS and other prestigious health systems.

Core Faculty

The core faculty is comprised of dedicated staff that works with the CNHS Family Medicine Residency Program.

Medical Students

Current medical students are invited to participate in clerkships, rotations, and site visits.

Contact Information

CNHS Family Medicine Residency Program contact information.