Mercedez Bernard

Growing up in a small rural farming community in southwest Oklahoma gave me an appreciation for the gaps in healthcare access our rural population faces. With that knowledge, I set out a career in medicine with a hope to return to southwest Oklahoma after the completion of my medical training to help bridge that gap. Fortunately, my path back home started earlier than I anticipated when I was able to complete my training with the CCMH Family Medicine Residency. Now, I have the honor and privilege to be the program director for the residency program that gave me wings. I feel that my rural roots, paired with the insight of having trained here, allows me to better prepare other residents for a career in family medicine with a dedication to positively impacting rural health!

 

-Mercedez Bernard, D.O.

Program Director

Family Residency

Comanche County Memorial Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program is a three-year program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) with osteopathic recognition. We prepare residents to practice family medicine in urban and rural settings and in unserved areas.

The program has four resident slots per year.

Comanche County Memorial Hospital is 263-bed hospital and its inpatient services include obstetrics and gynecology, medical/surgical units, a NICU, behavioral healths, intensive care, and rehabilitation services.

Mission:

To provide excellence in education for our Family Medicine residents while building a quality primary care workforce for rural Oklahoma.

Vision:

To develop physicians committed to compassionate, holistic, and patient-centered care.

 

Core values:

  • Compassion
  • Duty
  • Inquiry
  • Leadership

Family Medicine Core Faculty

Mercedez Bernard, D.O.

Program Director


 
Medical School:

Oklahoma State University

Residency:

Comanche County Memorial Hospital

Dr. Moncey Varkey

Gretchen Stroud, D.O.

Associate Program Director


Medical School:

Oklahoma State University

Residency:

Comanche County Memorial Hospital

Dr. Troy Harden, D.O.

Troy Harden, D.O.


Medical School:

Oklahoma State University of Health Sciences

Residency:

Hillcrest Health Center

Dr. Troy Harden, D.O.

Renato Caballero II, M.D.


 

Medical School:

Cetec University School of Medicine

 
Residency:

University of Kansas

Dr. Troy Harden, D.O.

John Loose, D.O.


 

Medical School:

Oklahoma State University

 
Residency:

Tulsa Regional Medical Center

Family Medicine Curriculum

The Family Medicine program completes a rotation in 4 week blocks to allow for a 13th rotation.

PGY 1          

1 Block – Cardiology

1 Block – Continuity Clinic

1 Block – Ear, Nose, & Throat

1 block – Emergency Medicine

1 Block – General Surgery

1 Block – Gynecology

3 Blocks – Hospitalist

1 Block – Inpatient Pediatrics (St. Francis -Tulsa)

1 Block – Obstetrics

1 Block – Outpatient Pediatrics

1 Block – Psychiatry (OSU – Tulsa)

PGY 2          

1 Block – Continuity Clinic

2 Blocks – Emergency Medicine

1 Block – Elective

1 Block – Family Medicine Clinic

3 Blocks – Hospitalist

1 Block – Inpatient Pediatrics

1 Block – Pulmonology

1 Block – Obstetrics

1 Block – Orthopedics / Sports Medicine

1 Block – Quality Improvement / Administration

PGY 3                  

1 Block – Continuity Clinic

1 Block – Dermatology

2 Blocks – Hospitalist

2 Blocks – Elective

.5 Block – Hematology / Oncology

.5 Block – Ophthalmology

1 Block – Nephrology

1 Block – Neurology

1 Block – Orthopedics / Sports Medicine

1 Block – Outpatient Pediatrics

1 Block – Pain Management & Rehab

.5 Block – Urology

.5 Block – Radiology

Didactics

Didactics are done every Friday from 12pm – 5pm. This time is protected from other resident duties in the hospital and attendance is mandatory unless on certain offsite rotations or on vacation.

Didactics typically include lectures from core faculty, case review, procedure teaching, resident lectures, guest lectures from other specialties, and OMM.

Journal Club is held every three months and PGY 2 and 3 residents will be required to present once per year at Grand Rounds which is held quarterly.

 

 

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Family Medicine Continuity Clinic
  • Radiology (Didactics – lectures by Radiologist, video presentations, journal articles, case by case review with Radiologist when on Hospitalist, Pediatrics, Pulmonary, ICU, Neurology, case by case review when on ED and Fast Tracks services with Emergency Physicians, case by case review on Orthopedics with the Orthopedists, case by case review at the continuity clinic.)
  • Geriatrics curriculum
  • Procedures/Simulation curriculum
  • Patient safety and quality improvement training
  • Disease prevention and wellness training
  • Practice management (Management of Health Care Systems/Transition to Practice)
  • Family Medicine didactics
  • Practice based learning curriculum (Journal Club, research project, and presentation)
  • Sports Medicine

Lawton Community Health Center

The Lawton Community Health Center serves as the Continuity Clinic for the Family Medicine Residents at CCMH. LCHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center designated by the US Department of Health and Human Services. It provides pediatric and adult wellness services, OB/GYN services, and behavioral wellness services.

Affiliations

Comanche County Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residents complete the majority of their training within the hospital or at private practice offices within Lawton. Residents will complete 3 rotations outside of the hospital at affiliated sites.

Comanche County Memorial Hospital is affiliated with the following locations:

St. Francis Health System – Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Inpatient Pediatrics

OSU Behavioral Medicine Clinic – Tulsa

  • Psychiatry

Reynolds Army Health Clinic – Fort Sill

  • Dermatology