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Applicant FAQs

Hello and thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Residency Program at The University of Oklahoma! Please see below for answers to our most frequently asked questions. We know it’s a stressful year with all virtual interviews, so hopefully some of these FAQ’s will put you at a little ease.

When will OU interview residency applicants? Tuesdays, late October - late January

How long will the interview last? Approximately 4-5 hours, finishing around 1:30 PM. We will also have an informal resident / applicant Meet and Greet the night before, lasting approximately one hour

Should I interview early to show "interest" or interview late to "not be forgotten"? Schedule interviews at your convenience. The timing of an interview has ZERO relevance to our decision making.

How can I learn about the culture of the program virtually? We will provide opportunities for you to be with residents in private/informal settings with ample Q & A time.The candor will be quite revealing. 

Can I talk to a resident currently in the program to help me decide on whether or not to apply? Of course! Send us an email at with your request, including if you have a preference of speaking with a resident of a particular training level, gender, family status, ethnicity, religion, hometown, med school, professional interest, favorite flavor ice cream, etc.. While we won't ask you many of these personal / demographic details, we understand the critical importance of both diversity and feeling like you fit in - so you should feel free to ask away!   

Should my ERAS application be submitted in the first week to be fully considered? No. We review all applications upon receipt, even in January.

What should I wear? Dress professionally and comfortably. Feel very free to personalize your location/background if desired to share more about yourself, your interests and your passions. 

How long has your Program Leadership been in place? Dr. Casey Hester has been in the PD role since 2010. The Associate PDs (Drs. Warren, Naifeh and DeLeon) combined have over 50 years of experience/commitment to resident education. The point being, this is a seasoned team with a track record of success.

What is your board pass rate? From 2017-2019, 92%. This is above national average and very competitive across programs. This data becomes even more compelling when you consider we recruit for personal values and characteristics, not USLME or COMLEX scores. Program Pass Rates for all ACGME accredited programs from 2017-2019 can be found on the ABP website. 

What do your graduates do? 1/3 to 1/2 go on to fellowship. Of those doing general pediatrics, about 1/4 stay in academics, 1/2 go into an urban or suburban practice, and about 1/4 go into rural practice (we have a list of fellowships matched into from 2018-2020 at the bottom of our Program Details page just under Perks, Salary and Benefits) 

Is there a cut-off for years since graduation?  We prefer that you make application within 2 years of graduation from your respective medical school, however we take all information into account when reviewing your application.  We encourage anyone who is interested to apply!

Is there a maximum number of attempts you accept for USMLE / COMLEX?  You must pass your exams by the 3rd attempt.  After 3 failed attempts, you cannot get licensed in the State of Oklahoma.  This is a state requirement and not specific to the University of Oklahoma.

Do you accept only COMLEX scores from osteopathic candidates (without taking Step(s))? Yes! Save your money, as far as we are concerned. Med School is expensive enough.

Do you have a minimum score requirement?  We do not have a standard requirement for USMLE Step scores or COMLEX level scores.  We look at every application in a holistic manner.  Scores are taken into consideration, along with all other information included in your application.

Do you accept International Medical Graduates?  We accept and encourage international medical graduates to apply to our program. As part of your application, and as with all applicants, help us understand what appeals to you about our program / Oklahoma City.

What type of visas can you sponsor for International Medical Graduates?  The University of Oklahoma only sponsors the J-1 Visa.  Should you be accepted to our program, you will need to establish a current J-1 Visa before starting your Intern Orientation.  Orientation is in June, before your intern year officially starts in July (usually July 1st).

 Is Step 2 CK or Level 2 CE score required at time of application:  No. All bets are off with USMLE Step 2 CS and COMLEX 2-PE due to Covid. As you know, CS/PE have been suspended, and while we would like to see USMLE 2-CK or COMLEX – level 2 CE scores as early as possible, we understand due to cancellations and limited test offerings this is out of the control of applicants. As a general rule of thumb, if you wish you had done better on your first Step / Level, try to take USMLE Step 2 CK / COMLEX Level 2 CE as early as you can.

Do you require an ECFMG Certificate to interview?  The ECFMG certificate is not required to receive an interview, but is required in order to start your residency.  The Education Office and the GME office must receive this before your residency begins.

Are there U.S. clinical experience requirements (for IMG’s) to apply? No.  The University of Oklahoma does not require any clinical experience in the United States before making application to our Residency Program.

How many letters of recommendation are required? We encourage a total of three recommendation letters, but plan to be very flexible this year due to Covid. We know your clinical experiences and opportunities for acting internships have been reduced from previous application cycles, and will take this into consideration. We do NOT require a Chair’s letter. In general, it is better to have fewer letters from people who know you really well, than more letters from people who don’t really you. We would like to see at least one Peds letter, but it’s perfectly okay to have letters from other specialties – especially if they know you well and can describe what’s amazing about you!  

Hope this helps, and we will update as the season progresses and additional questions keep popping up!