Criteria & Applying

Each academic year, four, first-year resident positions are offered. The Chickasaw Nation Department of Health (CNDH) only accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and participates annually in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applicants must be registered in the NRMP to be considered for the family medicine residency program. Do not call or directly email the program to apply.

Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma (OMECO) Chickasaw Nation Medical Center Program
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Program Number 1203900667

NRMP Match Code 2171120C2

Application Process
* Accepting applications from both D.O. and M.D. candidates.

Applications are accepted and reviewed though ERAS periodically from September through January of each year. Applications received after this date will be reviewed as interview space permits.

Further requirements for successful application to the program:

  • Personal statement
  • MyERAS application form
  • Current CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Medical school transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) Dean’s Letter
  • Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States (COMLEX-USA) Level 1 or United Stated Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 exam score
  • COMLEX-USA Level 2 (CE/PE) or USMLE Step 2 (CK/CS) exam score (must be completed prior to the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) ranking in order to be ranked for a position in our program)

Interview Process

Interviews are granted to qualified candidates by invitation only. Please note we receive many more applications each year than interview slots available, so application to the program does not guarantee an interview. If you are selected for an interview, the residency coordinator will notify you via email. Dates for interviews and location information will be provided. Candidates should notify the residency coordinator of their desired interview date.

In order to be considered for an interview, an applicant must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Have graduated or will graduate from a COCA accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine or from a (US) LCME Accredited College of Medicine.
  2. Have passed the COMLEX-USA Level 1 or USMLE step 1 exam, preferably on the first attempt.
  3. Preferably passed the COMLEX-USA Level 2 (CE/PE) or USMLE Step 2 (CK/CS)
  4. Applicant must provide documentation of having passed COMLEX-USA Level 2 (CE/PE) or USMLE Step 2 (CK/CS) prior, to be ranked for a position in our program.
  5. We highly recommend that you schedule COMLEX-USA Level 2 or USMLE Step 2 (both components) to be completed no later than Dec. 31 in order to assure we have your score before the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) ranking deadline.
  6. In the interim, applicants must have been engaged in meaningful clinical, education or research experience.

Eligible applicants are assessed on the criteria of academic credentials and performance, preparedness for graduate medical education, aptitude and ability, communication skills, as well as specific personal qualities including commitment to family medicine, community service, leadership, motivation and integrity. The Chickasaw Nation Family Medicine Residency program ensures that individuals are hired, trained, promoted and in all ways treated without discrimination with regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.


Appointments to the residency program are made for one year and in most cases begin the third week of June of each year to allow for orientation. The family medicine residency program renews resident appointments annually, enabling the resident to fulfill training requirements specified by the respective American boards of family medicine. Annual renewals are contingent upon satisfactory performance by the resident. In special instances, appointment to the residency program may be made at times other than the beginning of the academic year.

Medical (M.D.) Resident Appointment Policy

It is the policy of the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program to provide approval criteria for entry in the osteopathic focused training program. In accordance with the Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma (OMECO) Program.

For an applicant to be admitted to the program, they must be a:

  • Graduate from a COCA-accredited medical school (D.O. applicant) or
  • Graduate from LCME-accredited medical school (NON-D.O. applicant) with the following:

A. Twenty business days prior to the match, the applicant must have ready for submission:

  • 60 hours of OSU-COM’s years one and two to include; OMM I, II, III and IV. A Teaching Guide for Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine or lectures may be used to direct the lab portion. Certificate of completion will be provided. OMM education from outside institutions will not be accepted
  • Verification that candidate completed the CORRE examination with a minimum passing score at or above the 10th percentile
  • Letter of recommendation from a D.O. with an active practice to be included with residency application. The letter must indicate applicant understands osteopathic philosophy.

B. During Residency

  • Complete 60 hours of OPP Continuing Medical Education, approved by the OSU-CHS/OMECO, achieved through any of the following: CME courses, didactics, elective rotations, etc., focusing on clinical application
  • Successfully pass an OMM basic skills competency practical examination, administered by OSU-CHS faculty, prior to PGY-2
  • Satisfactorily progress through the Osteopathic Recognition Milestones during residency

Program Coordinator Contact for OMM I-IV access:

- About the CORRE exam:
- Scheduling the CORRE exam:

International Medical Graduates

We do not accept applications that require J1 or H1 visa status.

Online Applications

Please understand that not everyone meeting application criteria will be interviewed or accepted. Final decisions are made after review of all information available. Native American preference.