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Resident Life

Intern Class of 2022


The Pediatric Residency Program staff are committed to creating a supportive environment in which residents may thrive both personally and professionally.​

Intern 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.


Resident 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.

Mentor Program

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.


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.


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.                               

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 graduating classes of 2018 and 2019 have gone on to fellowships in various specialties and locations at the following:
    • Cardiology - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
    • Cardiology - Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
    • Cardiology - Duke University, Durham, NC
    • Critical Care - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
    • Critical Care - The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    • Endocrinology - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK
    • Endocrinology - UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX
    • Emergency Medicine -  University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK
    • Emergency Medicine - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    • Hematology Oncology - Children's Hospital of LA, Los Angeles, CA
    • Hematology Oncology - Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
    • Hematology Oncology - The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
    • Hematology Oncology - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK
    • Neonatology - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK
    • Sports Medicine - Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
    • Sports Medicine - University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, Tulsa, OK