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Message from the Pediatric Residency Program Director

Greetings and welcome to our residency program! Here at Oklahoma Children's Hospital at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, we combine world-class facilities, faculty, staff and residents with the friendliness and warmth Oklahoma is known for. We infuse this culture throughout our residency program to develop outstanding pediatricians on an individual basis in a family atmosphere.

We consider it vitally important to develop each resident’s career based on their unique strengths and desires. Just as people are different, we believe each residency experience within a program should be different based on individual talents and professional interests. Every graduate from our program has obtained the clinical skills necessary to be an outstanding general pediatrician, but what sets us apart is our attention to passion. Your passion.

No matter where your interests lie within pediatrics: advocacy, rural health, research, medical education, any of the pediatric specialties – we have the combined faculty, program leadership and interdisciplinary teams to nurture, focus and develop that passion into career goals and accomplishments in residency, which places you ahead of the crowd as a residency graduate. We personally tailor your curriculum in residency to reflect your interests and best prepare you for your unique career path upon graduation. 

Between COVID and community discord across the nation, it's more important than ever to be surrounded a trusted, supportive network of friends and colleagues in residency. Even though we will be separated by screens and perhaps thousands of miles in interviews again this year, we are reassured by the success of last year's process. We felt we truly got to know our applicants and they got to know us, and the proof came July 1 with another outstanding class of interns. We approach the match process with transparency, authenticity and a healthy dash of humor, doing everything we can to put you at ease so we can get to know you and help you be able to see who we are, what sets us apart, and what we value. 

Whether it's our X+Y Curriculum, our Coaching Program, or our New Parent Elective, we strive in all curricular planning to maximize both your learning and your well-being. We may be biased, but we think we have the best of all worlds here in Oklahoma, and invite you come in and browse our website or contact us for additional information. We look forward to meeting you...virtually!  

Monique Naifeh, MD, MPH