Dual Pediatrics Residency Program :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Dual Pediatrics Residency

The Dual Pediatrics Residency Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital is a three-year program that is dual accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Alex Rakowsky, MD
Carl Backes, DO
Program Directors
(614) 722-4414

Dual Pediatrics Residency Overview

The Dual Pediatrics Residency gives residents the opportunity to train in an osteopathic pediatric training program based at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Particular strengths of the comprehensive dual program include:

  • Pediatric Resident Clinic staffed by osteopathic pediatric faculty, including the opportunity to work in a dedicated Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) clinic
  • Focused OMM curriculum developed in conjunction with the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 100% passage rate for American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics exam and 92% passage rate for American Board of Pediatrics Exam
  • Meets the requirements for the AOA internship, while keeping the length of training to only 3 years
  • Lecture sessions dedicated to osteopathic principles, topics and skills and OMM conference featuring world-class speakers and giving residents structured "table time" to practice new skills
  • Innovative rural osteopathic pediatric rotation in Athens, Ohio attending high-risk deliveries, caring for newborns, educating interns and students, admitting night patients, and taking at-home and parent calls
  • Opportunity to work in osteopathic pediatric offices to see patients and learn the business of a practice (OPECS program)
  • Opportunity to do outreach childhood and education on multiple important topics (RISI program)
  • Opportunity to work with osteopathic faculty in our sports medicine rotation; our Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center is the first in Ohio and the fourth in the nation dedicated to providing targeted care for young athletes
  • Wealth of learning experiences and subspecialty training at Nationwide Children's Hospital

The first year of the dual program qualifies as an AOA-approved internship, and graduates of the program are eligible to take both osteopathic and allopathic pediatric specialty board exams. Graduates are eligible for American Board of Pediatrics pediatric fellowships.

View a Dual Pediatrics Program introduction letter from our chiefs »

What you need to know


Our dual program residents receive outstanding pediatric experiences and training in all of the areas of pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital while continuing to build upon their osteopathic foundation.

Learn about some of the additional programs and experiences that make our residency unique:

Schedule Overview

Residency training at Nationwide Children's Hospital is fast-paced, high-tech and challenging. Our faculty value and respect our residents and their contributions, and your medical decision-making autonomy will be balanced with caring supervision.

Osteopathic Focus

The application of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) in real life practice is important to your education and development. Our pediatricians in training strive to be leaders in our field by providing the highest quality healthcare for patients while preserving our Osteopathic heritage.

Salary & Benefits

Nationwide Children's residency program values a resident's work life and personal time.

The following is a breakdown of resident salaries for 2015-2016:

  • PL-1: $50,645.92
  • PL-2: $52,208.00
  • PL-3: $53,641.12

Review benefits available to our residents, including paid relocation, paid time off and retreats

Application and Interview Process

Accredited U.S. or Canadian medical school graduates can submit their applications through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). The Dual Program accepts applications in ERAS from July 15-November 4. Interviews are held October through December.

Residents, Graduates & Faculty

Nationwide Children's Hospital takes pride in the wonderful collegial relationships among its program directors, residents and graduates.

Meet our residents and faculty


Alex Rakowsky, MD
Carl Backes, DO
Program Directors

For more information regarding the residency program, please contact:

Debbie Turpening
Program Coordinator
(614) 722-4410

2016 Match

We are excited about the caliber of the young physicians who will begin training with us this year. And we expect great things from them – excellent patient and family focused care, effective communications within our health care teams, important contributions to our community and a drive toward research and education.

The three residency programs at Nationwide Children’s conduct recruitment through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Every year, our programs interview more than 450 applicants.

We look forward to training these future pediatric practitioners and leaders.

  Pediatrics    Internal Medicine/Pediatrics    Dual Pediatrics  
Number of Interns 29* (4**)   10 4
Female/Male Ratio 26/7 6/4 4/0
Total # Medical Schools    23 4 3
Total # States 14 7 3


*1 intern enrolled in combined Pediatrics-Genetics Residency Program; 3 interns enrolled in Pediatrics-Child Neurology Program
**Primary Care Track


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