My name is Evan Branscum. I grew up in north central Arkansas in Marshall; a small town nestled in the Ozark Mountains in Searcy County. My family raised beef cattle and ran a sawmill, so I spent many summers splitting time between the two. If I wasn’t working, I was playing sports with my four brothers. I earned a scholarship to play football at Baker University and spent two seasons there. I finished my degree at the University of Arkansas and am a proud Razorback. I attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
I knew I wanted to do family medicine from the moment I decided to go to medical school. Family medicine is such a diverse specialty and trains you to help patients in a variety of settings. I don’t think there is another specialty that gives you the opportunity and ability to listen, connect, and help as many patients as what family medicine does. Whether it is delivering a baby in a small town, treating depression in a city, or managing heart failure in a hospital, family medicine gives you the tools to handle any situation. I am planning to practice in a small town in Arkansas and am very interested in sports medicine.
Cox FMR was always on my radar for residency simply because of the wonderful reputation of Cox in the Ozarks. When I rotated there the fall of my 4th year, I knew I had found my number one choice because of the people. The residents didn’t know me from Adam, but immediately treated me as a part of the team. The residents and attendings took time to teach and invest in me. I felt right at home in such a short amount of time. What sealed the deal was how they not only taught medical knowledge, but they also spent time training residents how to be great doctors by being great people. The fact that Cox FMR is located in the Ozarks is icing on the cake.
I have a beautiful, hard-working, fun-loving wife, Ashley, a one and a half year old son, Ford. They are the joy of my life. I love to fish and hunt, spend time with family, read, watch Netflix, and cook. I am a huge Major League Baseball fan and love the St. Louis Cardinals. From the moment I could say, “Woo Pig Sooie” and raise my hands I have been doing the Hog Call to cheer on the Arkansas Razorbacks and my son is following in my footsteps.