Program Overview

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The Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine established a combined IM/Peds residency training program in 1985. This four-year program trains residents in primary and specialty care medicine for patients of all ages. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The Ohio State University College of Medicine motto, “Creating the future of medicine through innovation in education, research and collaborative care”, expresses the character and purpose of our Internal Medicine-Pediatrics (Med-Peds) residency program. Our program is founded upon a tradition of excellence in clinical medicine fostered by both the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Our faculty, housestaff, students, and private practitioners proudly uphold this tradition. They comprise the fabric of medical learning that makes up the Med-Peds Residency Program at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. Each member of this educational system is, at times, the student and, at other times, the teacher. This enthusiasm to learn and to teach characterizes the quest for medical excellence in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

Our goal is to train highly skilled and compassionate professionals, and we provide an environment for those physicians to achieve this goal. Our residents are responsible for the care of patients with a wide variety of medical illnesses, ranging from those routinely encountered in primary care practice to those seen only in the tertiary care setting. The exposure to an enormously diverse patient population is possible because no county, VA Hospitals, or other children's hospitals are located in the Columbus area. The Ohio State University Hospitals and Nationwide Children's Hospital subsequently serve the combined roles of urban community hospitals, indigent care providers and referral centers for Central and Southeastern Ohio. Residents have carefully supervised and graduated patient care responsibilities in a variety of educational settings at these hospitals and in faculty-staffed ambulatory care offices.

Additional primary care and ambulatory care experiences are offered during rotations in the outpatient Veterans Administration clinic and at several rural community clinics. The greater Columbus area has ten Med-Ped private practices, many of the physicians being graduates of this program. A number of these practices participate in an educational program called IM-PECS (Internal Medicine-Pediatric Education in Community Sites) where PGY-2 to PGY-4 residents spend ½ day per week caring for patients in the private office.