The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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April 7, 2014

Residency program is touted at Rotary

ENID, Okla. — Dr. Chuck Jantzen, a family medicine resident at Integris Northwest Family Medicine residency program, said the aim of the program is to address the physician shortage in northwest Oklahoma.

“One of the biggest issues we have in northwest Oklahoma is a physician shortage, and one of the things we’re doing about it is a residency program,” Jantzen said.

The reason the program makes a difference is simple.

“The reason OSU has pushed for these residency programs is to get people trained here and they stay here,” Jantzen said.

He talked about the program Monday to members of Enid Rotary Club.

The residency program is a good fit for many in Enid because they may be here on a short-term basis, such as people connected to Vance Air Force Base, Jantzen said.

“They don’t have issues with the doctors leaving in a similar rate,” Jantzen said.

The residency program, launched in July 2009, gives osteopathic medical residents three years training in a rural medicine setting.

“Residents are exposed to in-patient care through our in-house teaching service at our host hospital, Integris Bass Baptist Health Center,” Bass’ website reads. “Additionally, residents receive a substantial portion of their patient care training at the Integris Northwest Family Medicine Clinic, learning ambulatory care by interacting with patients, their families and clinic staff. Each resident is afforded an opportunity, through electives, to extend his or her knowledge and skills to all areas of primary care. The residency program offers a well-rounded, quality training program in family medicine designed to prepare each trainee for a successful career in family medicine.”

When a Rotarian asked how many hours of his week Jantzen spends actually seeing patients, he answered that it depends on which specialty training program he is in a the moment.

Jantzen grew up in Enid.

“I’m a Jantzen with a ‘tz’ — that’s how you tell the Jantzens apart,” Jantzen said.

One Rotarian asked Jantzen how much of his time is spent actually practicing his craft as opposed to doing paperwork.

“It’s getting to be more and more time spent on paperwork,” Jantzen answered.

He said because of the amount of paperwork involved, it has become more difficult for physicians to open independent practices.

However, Jantzen was clear that one of his favorite things has been spending Tuesday evenings seeing patients at Enid Community Clinic.

“It’s medicine for people who don’t have resources,” Jantzen said. “It’s actually the root of medicine. It’s why we practice medicine.”

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