The Dual Pediatrics Residency Program (CORE/Doctors Hospital) 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).
The Dual Pediatrics Residency (also referred to as CORE/Doctors) gives residents the opportunity to train in an osteopathic pediatric training program based at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Our AOA program number is 126135.
Particular strengths of the comprehensive dual program include:
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.
Hello! Thank you for your interest in the CORE/Doctors Hospital Pediatric Residency Program (Program Number: 126135). I would like to take this time to answer some of our more commonly asked questions.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out directly if you have any unanswered questions. I love to respond to emails, so feel free to write.
Alex Rakowsky, MD
Why the emphasis on osteopathic medicine?
Our mission is three fold:
Why is the program called CORE/Doctors?
OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, or Doctors Hospital, located about 15 minutes west of Nationwide Children’s, is one of the largest and finest osteopathic training hospitals in the country. Many decades ago, Doctors started an osteopathic-focused pediatric residency program which trained a fair number of our community pediatricians. With changes in the medical landscape years ago, Doctors and Nationwide Children’s worked to develop one of the first dual-accredited (AOA and ACGME) pediatric residency programs in the country.
However, with the single accreditation system now in place and with major changes in provisions of care due to health care reform, the vast majority of the clinical experiences have moved from Doctors Hospital to Nationwide Children’s. You will no longer spend clinical time at Doctors, but will still be able to attend their conferences and research meetings.
Over the next year, we are aiming to become an osteopathic focused track in the Categorical Pediatric Residency Program. This will not change our curriculum or what we do. In fact, it provides us an opportunity to expand and grow. At that point, we will change our name to reflect our new track. But until then, we will maintain our name with Doctors Hospital.
So what is CORE? It is a consortium of osteopathic training sites in Ohio (Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education). Doctors’ is a leading site in CORE.
How do you plan to teach me osteopathic medicine?
Great question! We have a multi-pronged approach:
Hands-on OMM Training:
Didactic OMM Training:
Other OMM Resources:
Osteopathic Principles and Vision:
Finally, we believe that you should learn how to incorporate your OMM skills and osteopathic principles into daily clinical life. You will get to see this in action at the Hilltop Primary Care Center, in Athens, during your Sports Medicine rotation (where there are several DO faculty) and also on the floors since we have a large number of osteopathic faculty that are open to OMM being offered by you.
What is Columbus like?
Speaking as a dad of seven children, including three college-aged children or older, Columbus has a TON to offer. It is a young city that is growing, and that has a lot of activities. Our residents are involved with intramural sports, volunteer work, going to the opera or museums, having small prayer groups, etc.
Yes, we don’t have a beach or mountains, but Lake Erie is two hours north and there is some great hiking in the Appalachians two hours to the south east.
Weather wise we have all four seasons, sometimes all in one day (Not kidding. It can be snowing at night and 70 by the next afternoon).
And you can ask our senior residents, they never want to leave!
Will I interact with other residents?
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
Nationwide Children's Hospital takes pride in the wonderful collegial relationships among its program directors, residents and graduates.
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|
|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