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Residency Curriculum

The OU Pediatrics residency program is committed to helping residents accomplish their personal career goals whether this includes a general pediatrics practice or subspecialty practice following a Pediatric fellowship.  Each resident will have up to 6 rotations of an individualized curriculum that will allow preparation for the type of practice the resident plans to enter following residency.  These individualized rotations will allow the resident to have opportunities to explore subspecialty fields, clinical practice in an ambulatory setting or practice as an inpatient hospitalist.  At the beginning of residency each resident will develop an individualized learning plan with a faculty mentor and work toward fulfilling their plan throughout their residency.  

An overview of the residency program by year

First Year:

The first year in Tulsa is a fairly typical introduction to pediatric residency. First year residents spend 4 months on our in-patient teaching service, working with a team consisting of a pediatric hospitalist attending, a senior resident, and 1 or 2 first-year trainees. During in-patient months interns will typically have 7 days of night shift coverage along with a senior resident.  Ambulatory pediatrics training consists of 1 to 2 months in our free-standing outpatient facility and one-half day weekly for continuity clinic. Interns will complete 1 month of Normal Newborn Nursery, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Developmental Pediatrics and 3 electives in a core or subspecialty areas. Each Wednesday afternoon is dedicated to 3 hours of didactic education through Academic Afternoon. Interns select a faculty mentor during this year.

Second Year:

Residents are designated as "senior" residents at the beginning of the second year.  Rotations for this year include a month of Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU), Neonatology Intensive Care (NICU), Adolescent Medicine, senior night shift duty and a second month of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Two months as the senior supervising resident leading an in-patient teaching team and ambulatory pediatrics along with additional subspecialty rotations will complete the second year.  Residents wishing to enter fellowship make application and interview at the programs of their choice. Continuity Clinic and Academic Afternoon continues throughout residency. This is a year to develop individual interests, and to find time to study.

Third Year:

Only 12 more months to go! During this year, residents spend 2 months as a senior supervising resident, another month of night duty in the hospital, a month on NICU and PICU, a third month of pediatric emergency medicine and 2 final months in the clinic. The remaining months are subspecialty electives. We also encourage a month of Child Abuse Pediatrics, our only fellowship program.  This is a time to review practice management issues and finalize plans for the next step in a resident's career. During the last month of residency we celebrate with a great party, always marveling at how quickly the time flew by. 

Fourth Year Chief Resident:

Typically a graduating 3rd year resident will be appointed to the 4th year Chief Resident position.  The Chief is a member of our faculty team in either the hospital, clinic setting or a combination of both.  The Chief is a vital member of the Residency Leadership Team working with the Program Director and Program Coordinator to create the best residency experience possible for the residents.