As the only pediatric institution in central Ohio, Children's Hospital is the referral center for nearly half the state. Children's integrates state-of-the-art, tertiary care (such as ECMO, electrophysiology studies and transplants) with a large primary care base. Our large inpatient census is complemented by a pediatric Emergency Department that is one of the busiest in the country, and a hospital-managed, 10-site primary care network that provides care for underserved children, at nearly 100,000 visits per year.
The diversity and volume of our patient population gives you hands-on experience at every level and each rotation. Residents provide the front line of patient care under the watchful and respectful supervision of the faculty. Residents write more than 90 percent of inpatient orders at Nationwide Children's, and are relied on for their leadership, commitment and solid professional judgment. Children's administration and Board of Trustees recognize that residents are integral to, and intimate with, all aspects of patient care. You are involved in decision making at all levels and have ongoing, direct access to medical staff leadership, including the Chief Executive Officer.
Much of your day-to-day learning will take place during the following daily didactic conferences:
Integrated Ward Rotations
All ward rotations integrate subspecialty inpatient and outpatient care so that your time spent in each discipline is rich and comprehensive. For example, during your cardiology rotation you will care for patients hospitalized on the cardiology service while also attending several cardiology outpatient clinics each week. This allows you to experience the diversity of illness within each subspecialty and the entire spectrum of care. Our residents tell us that integrated ward rotations enhance their learning and provide a superlative training experience.
Each resident has four elective months to pursue their clinical and/or research interests.
"The elective in Tuscon helped my future plans by allowing me to see a different way of practicing Sports Medicine. Sports Medicine is practiced with different variations in different parts of the country, so it allowed me to see a way of practicing that I would not have been able to see here. And the most valuable/ interesting thing that I learned was that there are definitely multiple ways to achieve the same job. The treatment protocols for certain injuries can be very different depending on where you go."
- Eric Bowman, DO
Dual Pediatrics Residency Alumni, 2011
Nationwide Children's has implemented a computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system to improve the quality of care provided, while reducing the risk of allergic reactions and potential medication errors. With one secure sign-on, physicians can enter orders, review nursing and other clinical documentation, check I & O data, see radiology and lab results, read the discharge summaries and operative reports, view patient allergies, and access safety rules and other clinical decision support tools. All this information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Children's also provides Web-based educational resources, which include automatically available order sets covering a wide range of illnesses and procedures, as well as over 500 patient education materials.
All residents participate in competency assessments in our Clinical Skill Center and maintain a computerized procedure log. Required courses are:
Children's Hospital in Columbus is home to one of the nation's ten largest free-standing pediatric research facilities, making optional research opportunities for residents abundant. Our residents participate in bench and/or clinical research projects under the direction of faculty members eager to have resident involvement. Each June, the Research Institute highlights resident, fellow and student research during a two-day Research Forum.
Doctors Hospital offers our residents a wealth of research resources through their CORE office. Dual residents often develop posters and presentations in conjunction with faculty to present at regional ACOP conferences or at Doctors Hospital's Research Day.
Dual senior residents spend one to two blocks each year in the Emergency Department (ED). Nationwide Children's ED has 24-hour pediatric emergency medicine attending coverage and is the region's only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center. With more than 130,000 visits per year, Nationwide Children's is one of the busiest pediatric emergency departments in the country.