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Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship

About Our Fellowship

Meet some of our Child Abuse Pediatric fellows at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the School of Community Medicine, we aim to recruit, retain, and develop a diverse group of resident physicians of the highest caliber who will be shaping the future of healthcare and improving the health of our community. We work in partnership with the largest hospital systems in the areas, Hillcrest Medical Center, St. Francis Medical Center and Ascension St. John Medical Center, in addition to participating in multiple clinics throughout Tulsa. We are excited to meet you and look forward to getting to know you better. To contact our Office of Student Services and Admissions please call us at 918-660-3500 or email

Child Abuse Peditricians

The OU-TU School of Community Medicine is accredited by the American Board of Pediatrics to offer a Child Abuse Pediatric Fellowship. The fellowship program can take up to two physicians who wish to receive training in this subspecialty.  The Child Abuse Medical Exam and Fostering Hope of Tulsa programs are vital learning components of the fellowship. The Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship will allow the Tulsa campus to train future physicians to become leaders in this field at local, state and national levels.

As previously mentioned, the three fellowship-trained child abuse pediatricians with the Center are currently the only physicians in northeastern Oklahoma with this level of expertise. Due to a small number of physicians in this field, the two OU-TU School of Community Medicine physicians are on call 24 hours a day, ready to assist children needing their services. Not only is there a need for additional physicians in this area to assist with services provided to abused and neglected children, but more subspecialty physicians in this field will help alleviate physician “burnout.”

Beginning in 2009, the American Board of Pediatrics offered a subspecialty certification exam for pediatricians in the United States to become board certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics. This shift has changed the training landscape for future pediatricians who wish to subspecialize in the evaluation of abused and neglected children. For physicians to specialize in this area, they must complete medical school, a residency in general pediatrics and a three-year fellowship in child abuse pediatrics.

The American Council on Graduate Medical Education evaluates and accredits fellowship training programs to assure standardized training for physicians in each type of program. The OU-TU School of Community Medicine received notification that the Department of Pediatrics in Tulsa has been approved to take up to two child abuse pediatric fellows a year.

Michael A. Baxter, D.O.
CAP Fellowship Program Director

Sheryl Hayes
CAP Fellowship Program Coordinator
(918) 660-3395