Michael Dunlap, DO is a first year pediatric resident at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A Tulsa native, Michael graduated from The University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature, having enjoyed studies abroad in Alicante, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina. He continued his education at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The medical profession caught his attention his senior year of high school after he shadowed several outstanding community physicians. Drawn to the complexity and intimacy of patient care, he volunteered as a translator at the Xavier Medical Clinic during his university years. Now, Michael continues to hone his Spanish skills with his own patients.
His third year of medical school began with two pediatric rotations. Although other specialties carried their own appeal, none of them compared to the patient growth, vitality and light-heartedness found in Pediatrics. The choice to specialize in Pediatrics came naturally to Michael. Currently, deciding whether to pursue fellowship (and which one?) or enjoy general pediatrics has required much more thought.
Michael keeps busy with his interest in travel, with Japan’s cherry blossom season being his most recent jaunt. The allure of practicing medicine abroad after residency tempts him from time to time. Still, regardless of what the future holds, Tulsa will always be his home.