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Resident Life

Our leaders are committed to helping you learn and master the knowledge and skills necessary to be an excellent general pediatrician. The mission of this residency program is to support your growth and development. We believe that this will only further assist you and all the future children you encounter as a medical professional. 

The demands of residency can be hard at times. Supporting the emotional and mental well-being of our residents is a top priority!

Advocacy

Residents participate in various advocacy activities. During the advocacy rotation intern year, residents learn about various resources available in and around Oklahoma City and how to best assist patients and families with these resources. Residents also have the opportunity to advocate for pediatric needs at the Capitol. Residents participate in Reach Out and Read, a program to improve literacy and development, in continuity clinic. There is also a resident-organized fundraiser each year on Dr Seuss's birthday, "The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast," to benefit Reach Out and Read. There are also multiple drives during the year to benefit local schools and charities.

Orientation

Orientation is held 4-5 days prior to the start of residency and is lead by the program leaders and chief residents. It serves as an introduction to the hospital, university, residency program, electronic medical record, and personal support system. Certification for Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS) are completed at this time. Orientation also gives the incoming interns a chance to get to know each other as well as residents in other classes.

Retreats

An intern retreat is held for the interns each fall, to provide an opportunity to focus on team building, education, and fun. This is a two-day, off site experience. Previous activities have included a lake retreat and camping. The second and third year residents also plan class retreats towards the end of the academic year, in the spring or summer.

Mentorship

Each incoming resident selects a faculty mentor. The resident-mentor relationship provides residents with support and provides an opportunity to discuss professional and personal development and future career plans. Incoming interns are also matched to resident buddies to provide additional support during the transition into residency.

Semi-Annual Meeting

Residents regularly meet one-on-one with the program director to review self-evaluation, performance, and goals. The program director assists residents in personalizing the residency experience to meet each resident's personal and professional goals.

Pediatrics Resident Council

The Pediatrics Resident Council serves as a catalyst to affect positive changes within the residency program. Council members are peer-selected residents. They receive input from their peers and meet on a monthly basis to brainstorm ways to make resident life more educational and enjoyable. The Resident Council holds regular meetings with the program director to discuss these ideas.

Round Table

Residents have a casual group lunch with the Program Director and Assistant Program Directors several times a year, facilitating open discussions.

Caucus

The residents meet with the chief residents at the end of every block during noon conference to discuss current events and changes within the program and the hospital. Caucus also serves as a forum for residents to voice ideas, concerns, and announcements.

Regional/National Conferences

Residents from OU frequently present at regional and national meetings, including the Southern Regional Meeting, the AAP National Conference, Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, and the Pediatric Hospitalist Meeting.

Social Gatherings

There are many events held during the year, including a formal end of the year banquet and a holiday progressive dinner. Residents frequently meet for dinner and other social gatherings. There is a true atmosphere of friendship among the residents.       

Post-Residency Fellowships

  • Our most recent graduates (past 3 years) have gone on to fellowships in various specialties and locations at the following:
    • Adolescent Medicine - Riley Children's, Indiana
    • Pediatric Allergy and Immunology - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    • Pediatric Cardiology - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
    • Pediatric Cardiology - Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
    • Pediatric Cardiology - Duke University, Durham, NC
    • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine- Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (x2)
    • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine - The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 
    • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine - UT Southwestern, Dallas
    • Pediatric Endocrinology - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK
    • Pediatric Endocrinology - UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX
    • Pediatric Emergency Medicine -  University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 
    • Pediatric Emergency Medicine - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    • Pediatric Emergency Medicine - Vanderbilt University
    • Pediatric Gastroenterology - University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
    • Pediatric Hematology Oncology - Children's Hospital of LA, Los Angeles, CA
    • Pediatric Hematology Oncology - Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
    • Pediatric Hematology Oncology - The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
    • Pediatric Hematology Oncology - University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
    • Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine - University of Texas San Antonio 
    • Neonatal / Perinatal Medicine - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK (x3)
    • Pediatric Pulmonology - Vanderbilt University
    • Pediatric Sports Medicine - Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
    • Sports Medicine - University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, Tulsa, OK