Dual Pediatrics Residency Program :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Dual Pediatrics Residency

Alex Rakowsky, MD
Carl Backes, DO

Program Directors
(614) 722-4414

View a Dual Pediatrics Program introduction letter from our chiefs.

The Nationwide Children's Hospital/Doctors Hospital Pediatric Residency

The Nationwide Children's Hospital/Doctors Hospital Pediatric Residency Training Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Doctors Hospital was established in 2005. It is a three-year program that is dual accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The dual program gives residents the opportunity to train in an osteopathic pediatric training program that is based at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Doctor'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 will also be eligible for American Board of Pediatrics pediatric fellowships.

This comprehensive dual program allows residents to 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 at Doctors Hospital.

Particular strengths of the 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
  • Opportunity to rotate at Doctors Hospital in emergency medicine, obstetrics, gynecology and newborn nursery
  • 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

For more information on the Nationwide Children’s Hospital/Doctors Hospital Pediatric Residency Training Program, contact:

Debbie Turpening
Program Coordinator
Phone: (614) 722-4410
Email: Debbie.Turpening@NationwideChildrens.org.


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