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Educational & Career Development Programs

At Ohio State we believe in helping our residents develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to succeed in their chosen careers. We are committed to providing the best education in the most supportive environment possible.

Our high quality inpatient rotations and outpatient rotations makes for rich clinical training. Our educational conferences are diverse in their content and format. We also provide the opportunity for residents to tailor their educational experience to build on their special interests and goals through the use of enrichment activities and electives.

Residents interested in a career as a clinician educator can choose to participate in a medical education elective. Residents inclined towards a career as an investigator may elect to participate in one or more months of mentored research. Our Quality Improvement curriculum will further prepare residents for required small group QI projects. Residents present their work at the department's annual Research Day and other regional, national and international venues.

Residency Wellness Program

While working hard to ensure that you develop the necessary knowledge and technical skills, we also work to make sure that our residents maintain their compassion and emotional health. The residency is coordinating efforts of faculty across all venues where Professional Development and Well-Being are the focus. This includes workshops and retreats, communication training in the skills lab and the Leadership Management Training Program. Regular conferences addressing analyses of medical errors and reflections on the care of dying patients provide necessary opportunities for further development as professionals in an open, non-threatening environment.
Our residents are extremely supportive of one another and spend much time socializing together inside and outside of work. Socially-minded residents organize tailgating parties and other fun activities. Opportunities to volunteer in the community - in free clinics and in non-medical roles, are easy to find.


We begin linking you with possible mentors during orientation. Early establishment of mentors is encouraged and facilitated by the design of our training program. Based on career interests interns are linked to faculty that can provide further advice and potentially guide the intern through a scholarly project as part of their career development elective and possibly additional months. These links are sometimes with the general and subspecialty faculty attendings they work with on the wards. Others are friendly referrals from a director, chief resident or colleague. Faculty mentors appreciate that time is allotted within the residency for research, quality improvement and/or educational scholarship and are eager to help. Trainees value the open access to mentors, role models, division heads and fellowship program directors.