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All general pediatric patients are admitted to one of two inpatient teams. Residents rotate on these teams during all three years of their training. The first year resident primarily manages the patient with the second and third year residents assuming a leadership role, overseeing and teaching first year residents and medical students. A pediatric attending conducts daily teaching rounds. Residents are exposed to a wide range of diagnoses, creating an opportunity to learn about both common pediatric diseases and complex diagnostic challenges.

General Pediatric Teams (Blue and Red)

Two teams, each with a patient census of up to 15 General Pediatric patients. Comprised of 1-2 upper level residents and 2-3 interns. Colleagues from family medicine typically rotate on either Red Team or Blue Team as interns, and the team often has a group of third year medical students as well as a Sub-I.

Subspecialty Teams (Orange - Endo/GI, and Purple - Cardiology /Nephrology)

Patient census of up to 15 total patients per team. Comprised of 1-2 upper level residents and 1-2 interns. Medical students and Sub-I's are members of this team as well.


Residents may choose from an extensive array of electives, including but not limited to: the various subspecialties, community based rotations (rural, suburban, and urban pediatric practices), rotations with allied health (speech therapy, nutrition, etc), and procedural electives (anesthesiology, sedation, procedure elective, etc.). A sampling of the more unique electives we offer includes Humanities, New Parent, Disaster Preparedness, Leadership, Language Immersion, and Milk Bank / Lactation. Third year residents have six blocks of Individualized Curriculum (IC). These IC blocks help graduating residents create rotations that meet their individual professional goals. 


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Residents spend one block rotating with our heme/onc inpatient service and bone marrow transplant service, which typically manages about 20 patients per day. Common diagnoses include leukemia, lymphoma, solid tumor, sickle cell disease, and hemophilia.

Newborn Nursery

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Oklahoma Children's Children's Hospital is home to over 4,000 deliveries each year and provides support for the only high-risk obstetrics service in the state. The Mother/Baby team attends all high-risk deliveries. Healthy, term infants are admitted to the Mother/Baby unit. Each resident completes this rotation as an intern then returns during the PL-3 in a supervisory role. 

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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Our NICU is a level IV Unit with 93 beds, including an ECMO suite. We are a state-wide referral center with over 1,200 admissions per year. Residents spend two blocks during residency in the NICU, learning management of these high-risk, complex neonates. This rotation provides an excellent opportunity to gain procedural skills.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit


Our 54 bed PICU is the largest in the state of Oklahoma and serves the majority of the state. Residents rotate through the PICU during second and third year. There are currently 14 board-certified PICU attendings who rotate in-house coverage 24 hours a day and practice Family Centered Rounds. Pediatric residents manage all medical patients and co-manage the majority of the surgical patients. There are frequent opportunities for procedures, including line placements, chest tubes, and intubations.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

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Oklahoma Children's Hospital has the only 24/7 emergency department in the state inside of the state's only freestanding pediatric hospital. The department serves over 45,000 children from all over Oklahoma yearly. We are a statewide referral center and serve as the only level I pediatric trauma facility for the state. Our emergency department has 25 rooms total, including 2 full code rooms, and 4 fast-track rooms. Our pediatric residents primarily manage their own patients with the guidance of the ED attendings.

Sooner Pediatrics Clinic Rotation

website school age child 637300139020385708The Sooner Pediatrics Clinic is our largest general primary care clinic at Oklahoma Children's Hospital, and has over 22,000 patient visits per year. Each intern spends 1 block during their first year in Sooner Pediatrics clinic. The goal of this rotation is to provide every resident with broad-based primary care pediatric experience, which includes well child care, acute illness management, and exposure to complex diagnostic and social problems.

Advocacy Rotation

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During the advocacy rotation, interns have unique experiences which provide exposure to the various resources available in the community. Past experiences have included visits to the WIC office, exposure to the OK newborn screening system, and a visit to our Safe Kids coalition. This rotation is also a platform to learn about a physician's role in advocacy on a larger scale.

Adolescent Medicine

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Residents complete one X block during the second year in Adolescent Medicine as well as three longitudinal experiences during the Y week in second year. The clinic provides exposure to issues unique to adolescents, including high risk behaviors, sexuality and birth control, mental health, and chronic illnesses. The resident also rotates on the inpatient eating disorder service.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

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Second year residents spend one block on the development rotation at OU's Child Study Center. Residents spend time in ADHD clinic, ABC clinic (for patients with in-utero exposure to drugs and alcohol), and Jump Start clinic (provides a full evaluation of children suspected of having autism). Residents also spend time making home visits with Sooner Start, Oklahoma's early childhood intervention program. This rotation allows residents to gain an understanding of both typical and atypical development.