The OSU Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Nationwide Children's Hospital Pediatric Residency Program came together in 1985 to create the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency.
The Combined Med-Peds residency program is structured to provide increasing responsibility in both patient care and teaching supervision over the four years. The resident also has progressively more elective time throughout the program to allow for an individualized overall experience.
Our training program combines direct patient care with both formal and informal educational experiences. Our principal aim is to provide an education to residents which enables them to render superlative medical care to patients of all ages. At the completion of their training, our residents are able to provide excellent primary care and, if so desired, are outstanding candidates for fellowship training. Overall, approximately 50% of the graduates of our program pursue primary care while 50% elect to pursue fellowship training.
The University and Nationwide Children's Hospitals' inpatient wards include subspecialty wards as well as general internal medicine and general pediatric wards. Patients admitted to subspecialty wards require both a specialized approach to their medical problems and attention to their general health. Ward rounds are conducted daily with an attending physician who maintains the academic forum for patient care. Resident contact with faculty physicians is an integral component of our program.
The ambulatory patient care educational experience in internal medicine includes the general internal medicine and specialty clinics at University Hospitals, the emergency room, and the resident continuity clinic. During select subspecialty consult months, a substantial portion of the month is spent in the subspecialty outpatient clinic. Outpatient rotations include a three block ambulatory care rotation which provides longitudinal care experience in outpatient dermatology, gynecology, rheumatology, endocrinology, and geriatrics.
The outpatient component at Nationwide Children's Hospital includes the Primary Care Clinic, Adolescent Clinic, Behavioral/Developmental Clinic, subspecialty clinics and emergency room. At least six blocks are spent in the various pediatric clinics, and during several of the inpatient ward rotations, time is spent in the corresponding subspecialty clinic. OSU Med-Peds residents provide continuing medical care to their own population of patients through continuity clinics throughout their four years of training. During the final three years, weekly clinic rotations in a private Med-Peds practice enhance the exposure to "real world" ambulatory medicine.
The didactic components of the training program center on a variety of conferences. Examples of regular conferences include Resident Report, Resident Didactic Sessions, Emergency Lecture Series, Grand Rounds, ethics conference and a large number of weekly subspecialty conferences. A Med-Peds journal club convenes monthly to discuss current topics in patient care and research.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University Department of Internal Medicine have partnered to create The South High Center for Primary Care. The center provides health care to the underserved South Side community of Columbus, while also providing an outstanding outpatient training center for the Med-Peds residents. Med-Peds residents will be able to utilize the center for their weekly continuity clinic experience. Supervised by Med-Peds faculty, the residents will provide quality, evidence-based primary care for adults and children.