Residency Life

Two female residents embracing in hallway

Residency training at Nationwide Children's Hospital is fast-paced, high-tech, and challenging. And yet, we are proud that our program still stays focused on the resident as a whole person, with social and psychological needs. 

We are committed to helping you learn and master the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective general pediatrician. Supporting your growth, development and flourishing is our commitment to you. For your sake and the sake of all the children you help.

The demands of residency can at times be hard. Supporting the emotional and mental wellbeing of our residents is a top priority at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Associate Program Director Suzie Reed, MD, leads the initiatives of our resident-led Wellness Committee. Each year residents have the opportunity to participate in a multitude of activities and classes that are designed to give residents time to socialize as a group and build resilience, through important insights and personal skill development, prevent burnout and minimize the impact of stress.

Some of this year’s offerings include:

  • Mindfulness & Meditation Classes
  • Therapy Dog sessions
  • Participation in resident sports leagues (kickball, baseball, softball and volleyball to name a few!)
  • Happy Hours at many of the area’s up and coming venues
  • Outdoor adventure team building at Summit Vision
  • Off-site intern two day retreat
  • Physician Holiday Party
  • Massage therapy sessions
  • Financial Health classes
  • Daily free lunch at lecture

In addition to our program level initiatives our residents are supported by the hospital’s ‘You Matter Program.’ Trained peer supporters are available at all times to help colleagues cope with difficult patient care or personal situations. At times when a higher level of support is needed our Critical Response Team can be utilized and residents also have access to no cost confidential counselling sessions through our MATRIX Employee Assistance Program.

The Residency Program is currently furnishing our “Resident Wellness Room” in the Residency Center. This room will be equipped with exercise bikes, yoga mats and free weights, providing residents a space to work out, relax or meditate in their own Resident Center while at work. This space is in addition to the new, fully equipped gym available to all staff and the regular exercise and yoga classes provided throughout the week.

Power yoga, bootcamp, boxing and cardio dance are examples of the many different types of classes offered on our campus each day. 

A Day in the Life of a Nationwide Children's Intern

7:00 a.m.

Get sign out on your patients from the night team in your conference room.

7:30 a.m.

Review patient vitals and labs – Examine patients prior to rounds.

8:30 a.m.

On Family-Centered Rounds with the attending, resident, nurses, pharmacy, case managers and medical students on the Pulmonary Service.

11-11:30 a.m.

Finish morning work – Call consultants, order lab/x-rays, discharge patients, answer questions, etc.

12 p.m.

Head down to Noon Report / presentations in the Resident Conference Center – Lunch Provided!

1-4 p.m.

Do patient admissions, finish daily progress notes, follow up with patients/families.

2:37 p.m.

“Code White” with the team….to the Magic Bean for ice-cream/coffee break! (time permitting)

3:14 p.m. Discuss daily notes with the medical students – Senior resident gives a quick “chalk talk” for interns and medical students.
4:30 p.m. Update the service attending and fellow on patients and admissions
5:30 p.m. Sign-out to the night team with the entire team in the conference room.

Resident's Center

The Resident’s Center is the heart of activities, offering a modern, well-equipped place to socialize and build relationships with fellow residents. The center features dedicated classroom space alongside areas for rest and relaxation. The conference room is used for noon conferences and weekly didactic lectures. Two floors of private sleeping rooms, with private or shared bathrooms, are available to residents.

The resident center has a kitchen, a large-screen television, computers with internet access and eleven pediatric sleep rooms.

Social Life at Nationwide Children's

Joining the Nationwide Children's/Ohio State University residency program gives you entry into a ready built social network in Columbus, Ohio. The residency is large enough that you will easily find folks with common interests and abundant energy, but small enough that you will know everyone in your class.

Our residents take part in a wide variety of activities together including local and intramural softball, basketball, sand volleyball teams, a book club, happy hour get togethers, groups that run/train together, and a wide variety of gatherings and parties from large to small (Dog-park get-togethers, holiday gatherings, cook-outs, OSU football parties and many others). 

There is a lot to do in Columbus. There are plenty of concerts/national touring shows, a variety of out door activities, theater, good shopping, great restaurants, sporting events, local festivals, great metro-parks and zoo, dance/night clubs and wine bars.There also are many interesting areas to hang out and visit in Columbus such as The Arena District, The Short North, Polaris and Easton.No matter what your interests are, there are activities and places for you to experience and a ready built social network to expand your possibilities!

Resident Advocacy 

  • In Ohio, nearly one of every five children live in poverty. Resident Jennifer Kusma, MD recently shared her thoughts on food insecurity and fighting childhood hunger with Ohio Pediatrics.
  • Resident Meredith Merkley, MD and recent Dual Peds graduate Priyal Patel, MD started Little Big Fighters: a blog that aims to inform the public about both the well-known and lesser known issues surrounding pediatric medicine. 
  • Pediatric Residents Annual Statehouse Day: Residents from across Ohio join to raise their voices at Ohio’s Capitol through small group legislative visits, hearing from policy speakers, and sharing their advocacy experiences.
  • Residents influence the public (and legislators) through well-crafted letters to the editor in the local newspaper.

Mentoring Match Program

Resident Success Fueled by Mentorship

In 2016-2017, the Pediatric Residency Program initiated the Mentoring Match Program, a structured mentoring program for our pediatric residents.

The goals of this program are to:

  1. Link pediatric residents early in training to faculty who are able to provide personal/emotional support, career guidance, and information about effective resources
  2. Improve the success and satisfaction of pediatric residents during their training at Nationwide Children's.

The Pediatric Residency Mentorship Program relies on interested faculty volunteers who are willing to meet quarterly with a matched resident mentee. The match process prioritizes the defined needs of the resident regarding support, career guidance, and access to special resources that might improve their educational experience.

All of our volunteer mentors accomplish additional online course work to further refine their mentoring skills as part of this program.

The program includes use of a Mentoring Partnership Agreement between the mentee-mentor pair and Mentoring Meeting Guidelines that help establish meeting expectations.  Regular evaluations of the effectiveness of the mentee-mentor sessions and the program are integral to this program.

The direction of the mentoring experience is driven by the resident. The mentor may provide career guidance, research advising or other support. It is anticipated that each resident may have additional advisors for different aspects of their personalized education at NCH.  In the event that the mentee/mentor relationship is not effective, it can be dissolved by either party at any time.