MEET SYEACHIA DENNIS

July Member Spotlight | SYEACHIA DENNIS, MD

  • Member Status: (Active, Resident, Student)
    • Active
  • Where are you currently working or attending school?
    • OU-TU School of Community Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
  • How long have you been within the OAFP community?
    • Since I moved to Tulsa in 2009
  • Why did you choose family medicine?
    • I wanted to practice the full scope of medicine: children, elderly, pregnant women. Family medicine was the only specialty that offered that type of practice.
  • What has been the most fulfilling moment of your career or education?
    • The most fulfilling moment in my education was graduating from medical school.  I was the first doctor in my family and I had so many family members drive to Chicago to be there and celebrate.  It was an amazing day for all of us. 
  • What has been the most challenging aspect of your practice or education?
    • The most challenging part of my practice is trying to impart what I know to learners.  Every person has a different learning style so you can’t teach the same way to every student or resident.  That has taken time for me to understand.
  • What is your work life balance like & how do you achieve it?
    • Prior to COVID19, we took a lot of vacations! Now I try to spend time in my yard, learning to garden and just relax in the space.
  • Who is your biggest role model?
    • My Father was a big role model for me growing up.  He always stressed the importance to learning and being engaged in your family and community.
  • What is your favorite quote?
    • “You are your best thing” ― Toni Morrison, Beloved
  • What do you like to do when you’re not working?
    • I like to listen to music, spend time with friends and family at great restaurants in Tulsa.
  • Any advice for residents and students finishing their training or education
    • God willing , you will have a very long career in medicine.  Don’t look at any one thing as the end of it all.  It’s just the beginning.  There are so many ways to re-invent yourself in medicine, if you find a roadblock, just go in a new direction.  Don’t stress, keep perspective on the long game.


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