Having recently transitioned from private practice in rural Oklahoma to a full-time faculty position at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, Max Turner, MD, FAAFP, brings a full-scope expertise with him to the academic community. Dr. Turner has been practicing full-scope family medicine for seven years, including surgical obstetrics and endoscopy, with a strong focus on community involvement and public health. His new role brings him to Oklahoma’s second largest city, Tulsa, where he strives to prepare medical students to address the health disparities and social determinants of health they will need to treat in their careers. Dr. Turner served on the AAFP Board of Directors as its new physician member in 2010-11.
Regarding his motivation for service, Dr. Turrner shares, “The same thing that moves me to family medicine — I want to make a difference. Not everything that improves someone’s life is medical. Sometimes the friendship and fun of cub scouts, the fitness and teamwork of sports, or the camaraderie and sense of community from Rotary are the things that make the difference our patients need to succeed.”