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Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority is pleased to announce a new Osteopathic Residency in Family Medicine. Choctaw Nation Family Medicine Residency (CNFMR) is committed to fully train competent and compassionate Family Physicians. CNFMR is fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine to train physicians to be prepared for board certification.

The program’s philosophy is that Family Medicine is the cornerstone of medical practice. The program is necessarily broad in scope and built upon a core of knowledge and skills derived from traditional osteopathic medical principals and surgical models. This approach is designed to develop a Family Physician that is able to care for the whole person and their family.

Continuous and comprehensive care is an essential longitudinal component of these educational experiences. The resident will be trained to provide acute chronic and preventative care in any setting including ambulatory sites, hospital and long term care facilities. The resident is expected to maintain a continuing physician-patient relationship with a panel of patients throughout their residency experience regardless of what rotation he / she may be on.

The rotations are specifically designed to provide a broad base of patient care experiences with increasing levels of complexity and patient care responsibility. Some of these rotations will involve critical care and other specialties not available on site within Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority. For those rotations the resident physicians will be trained at a tertiary care training hospital facility with an affiliation agreement with CNFMR.

Beautiful Talihina

About Talihina

Talihina(pronounced "tah-luh-HEE-nuh") is a small town in Le Flore County, Oklahoma, United States, its name originating from two Choctaw words, tully and hena, meaning iron road. Iron road is reference to the railroad that the town was built around. Talihina is located about 45 minutes from Poteau, OK, 1 hour from McAlester, OK, 90 minutes from Fort Smith, AR, and 2.5 hours from Tulsa, OK
For local activities, see www.talihinacc.com
For more about the area, visit www.travelok.com/

Nearby Attractions:

  • Robert S. Kerr Memorial Arboretum, Nature Center and Botanical Area(8,026 acres) is an arboretum and nature preserve in the Ouachita National Forest, containing plant communities significant in their occurrence, variety, and location. The arboretum features dwarf white oaks, yellow buckeye, Ouachita indigo, and grass seeps. It is open for hiking, equestrianism, sightseeing, photography, nature study, bird watching, and hunting (area within the Nature Center's boundary excluded).


  • The Talimena Scenic Drive is a National Scenic Byway in southeastern Oklahoma and extreme western Arkansas spanning a 54.0-mile (86.9 km) stretch of Oklahoma State Highway 1 (SH-1) and Arkansas Highway 88 (Hwy 88) from Talihina, Oklahoma, to Mena, Arkansas. The road travels within the Ouachita National Forest along the highest peaks of the Winding Stair Mountains which are part of the Ouachita Mountain chain. It has hiking trails and 22 scenic vista pullouts.

Talimena Drive Talimena Byway

  • Talimena State Parkin the Ouachita National Forest marks the Oklahoma entrance to the Talimena Scenic Drive. It is known for spectacular spring and fall foliage. Hiking and backpacking trails offers a wide range of scenic, wooded terrain. Dirt bikes and ATV's are permitted in the park as an entrance point to the National Forest Lands. Talimena State Park offers facilities for picnics and camping, including tables, a group shelter, RV hookups with electric/water, tent campsites, playground, hiking trails, and comfort station with showers.

Winding Stair National Recreation Center

  • Robbers Cave State Park: The park and adjoining wildlife management area offers acres of discovery and enjoyment including trout fishing in season, hunting, miles of hiking and equestrian trails, rugged cliffs for climbing and fall foliage viewing.  Robbers Cave also enjoys notoriety as a former hideout for outlaws Jesse James and Belle Starr.


  • Choctaw Museum, Village and Gift Shop– Tuskahoma, OK  Built in 1884, the Choctaw Capitol Museum Building, also known to many as the original Council House, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Museum Grounds include a Five Acre Historic Lawn with Aged Shade Trees where Choctaw Stickball, Choctaw Weddings, Choctaw Social Dancing and Inter-Tribal Pow-wows take place during the Labor Day Festival each year.
    Open Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
    Closed Holidays
    Phone: (918) 569-4465

Cedar Lake: Cedar Lake is located in southeast Oklahoma, in the pine and hardwood-forested mountains of Ouachita National Forest. The campground is situated on the shores of the scenic lake, a popular destination for boating, fishing, and hiking. The campground is a popular starting point for the Winding Stair Mountain Equestrian Trails, a system of over 70 miles of marked horseback riding trails.

Camp Tom Hale --Boyscouts of America: Located in the forest northeast of town. Every week in June and July, the camp is home to 100-900 boys. They have activities sucha as hiking, rock climbing, river rafting, toolcarft, horseback riding, swimming, and boating in Lake Bohannon, fishing, a COPE course, and over 50 different merit badeges to qualify for. The camp offers the opportunity for Scouts to earn several merit badges druing their week of camp and has a Soaring to Eagle program for those who want to advance in scouting. http://www.halescoutreservation.org/