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Oklahoma State University

Pediatrics Residency Program

Program Director Welcome

Welcome to the Oklahoma State University family, home of the OSU Medical Center and OMECO Teaching Health Center pediatric residency programs! We hope you find our website full of specific information about our residents, faculty, alumni and staff. All of the information about our curriculum, salary, benefits and training facilities can be found throughout this website. My hope is that you not only find the information needed but that you are able to see what makes our training environment at OSU such a wonderful place as you accomplish your goals and dreams of becoming a pediatric physician!

Our sponsorship by Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and the Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma, combined with our status as one of the largest training hospitals in the United States, means that our residents get the “best of both worlds.”  Our diverse and talented faculty wear many hats: they teach at state and national meetings, are recognized leaders in the community and are passionate advocates for whole-person-based primary care.  All of our residents learn the full-spectrum of pediatric medicine, including neonatal care, community medicine, and tremendous experience in outpatient and inpatient pediatric medicine, with an emphasis on osteopathic philosophy and practices. At the same time, our Oklahoma State University connection gives our residents access to significant academic resources and medical student teaching opportunities right here in Tulsa, a haven of Southern comfort and cosmopolitan style in the expansive Oklahoma plains.

We recognize that there are a multitude of excellent pediatric medicine training options in the country.  Why choose us?  One simple answer – the people. We are passionate about what we do and whom we serve.  When we ask residents, faculty, and staff what they most like about our residency program, the answer is universally “the people” and the sense of belonging to a learning community that feels like a family.  We want to continue to attract people who share our dedication to serving those who need it the most.  If you are committed to caring for the underserved and seek training in an academically rigorous yet “hands-on” learning environment, please be sure to contact us.  We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm with you. 


Shawna Duncan, D.O.
Pediatric Program Director
OSU Medical Center 

Laura Bode, D.O.
Pediatric Program Director
OMECO Teaching Health Center

Program Description

Oklahoma State University is home to both the OSU Medical Center and the OMECO Teaching Health Center pediatric residency programs.  Each program is Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited and designed to prepare residents to immediately enter careers in pediatric primary care, continue further training for those interested in pediatric fellowship, and qualifies the resident to sit for the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics (AOBP) and/or the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) board examinations. Curricula is designed to accommodate various learning styles with opportunities for experiential, didactic, research, and simulated learning.  Residents work with diverse patient populations and see a variety of pathology during their monthly rotations.  Residents at all levels manage patient care from admission to discharge in a variety of settings, provide call coverage, and work directly with primary care, hospitalists, and specialty care attending physicians.  Responsibility and autonomy increase throughout training as residents demonstrate proficiency.  Multiple opportunities exist for the pediatric residents to teach medical students and peers at the bedside, in the classroom and in the simulation laboratory.  Further, residents have the opportunity to critically evaluate and explore the medical literature, to participate in clinical research and quality improvement, and to optimize patient care through advocacy.

Our residents collaborate to provide compassionate care in the following settings:

  • General pediatric floor
  • Well newborn nursery
  • Pediatric preventative, acute, and chronic care in the ambulatory continuity clinic
  • Pediatric urgent care centers
  • Pediatric emergency room
  • Numerous inpatient and outpatient specialty services including pediatric hematology-oncology, pulmonology, cardiology, neonatology, neurology, child abuse, pediatric obesity medicine, pediatric infectious disease, pediatric surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, international medicine and others.

Residents in Pediatrics at Oklahoma State University are welcomed into a supportive environment where each member of the team is valued and empowered with the knowledge and skills to achieve their professional goals.  We encourage you to reach out to us if you have questions about either our OSU Medical Center or our OMECO Teaching Health Center pediatric residency programs.