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Residents as Teachers and Leaders

Teaching and Leadership skills are critical to the success of residents and board certified internists. While role models can help residents identify the skills that they aspire to learn, the best teachers marry this observation of role models with formal training in teaching and leadership skills. The OSUWMC Internal Medicine Residency provides many opportunities for residents to acquire and hone their skills in teaching and leadership.

All Residents:

Participate in a one day workshop on transitioning from internship to residency. This workshop involves:

  • Didactic presentations on leadership: agenda setting, time management, negotiation skills, conflict resolution skills
  • Didactic presentations on teaching: establishing a good learning climate, effective questioning skills, teaching, observing and assessing procedural skills
  • Simulation based, hands-on sessions:
  1. Code Blue Leadership Training using a high fidelity METI® Simulator
  2. Opportunities to practice teaching skills
  3. Scenarios involving nurses and faculty to provide realistic practice of conflict resolution and negotiation skills
  4. End of Life Discussion Leadership Training under the direction of our Pain and Palliative faculty

Have access to monthly Fellow Clinician Educators Sessions. Recent topics have included:

  • Teaching Medical Students Inpatient Medicine
  • Resources for Developing a Career as a Clinician Educator
  • Overview of Various Teaching Strategies
  • Small Group Teaching
  • Micro Teaching in Medical Education
  • Emotional Intelligence in Medical Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Leadership Careers in Medical Education
  • Wrap-Up & Resources for Developing a Career as a Clinician Educator


The College of Medicine supports educational research and scholarship, as well as serves as a valuable resource for those interested in these educational endeavors. There are a variety of seminars and workshops that can help residents interested in medical education hone their skills. The Office of Evaluation, Curriculum Research and Development (OECRD) also brings nationally recognized educational leaders to OSU to lead some of these sessions. Check out OECRD's website to see more resources that are available.

Education Electives for Residents and Interns:

Medical Education Elective: Residents choosing a medical education elective are exposed to the variety of educational tasks that a typical clinician educator would encounter in their professional career. Under the guidance of the department’s expert clinician educators, the residents can:

  • Write and implement a curriculum of their choosing
  • Learn about optimal strategies for lecturing and small group teaching
  • Participate in small group teaching of physical diagnosis, learning to use technology to supplement the available patient encounters
  • Receive feedback on their own teaching skills
  • Learn how to peer review teaching encounters and provide feedback and coaching to their colleagues

Leadership and Citizenship Opportunities:

OSUMC IM Residents are active participants in many departmental, hospital and college committees. Through participation in these committees and task forces, residents gain insight into the impact physicians have in shaping their community and work place. All Residents participate in an Educational Innovations Project Design Group, focusing on the outpatient arena, inpatient wards or critical care units.
A sampling of other committees with active resident involvement includes:


Honor and Professionalism Committee: Reviews issues that arise involving professional conduct. Residents nominate committee members from among their peers who then review cases with the assistance of a faculty mentor. The committee provides the program leadership with recommendations on dealing with lapses in professionalism.
Housestaff Education Committee: Reviews program evaluations and decides on future goals and initiatives of the residency program; identifies opportunities for improvement through discussion and survey techniques. 
Program Evaluation Committee: Help in monitoring effectiveness of all aspects of the training program.


Residency Quality Forum: Collaboration with Chief Quality and Safety Officer across all medical center residencies
Residents Advisory Committee (RAC): This group is composed of resident representatives from all programs. It focuses on issues of interest to the residents, including call rooms, on call food, various institutional policies and procedures.
Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee: This committee makes decisions regarding the hospital formulary
Code Blue Committee: This committee reviews every code blue outcome and looks for opportunities for improved care of critically ill patients.