The Family Medicine Residency University Track

The Family Medicine Residency University Track

The Ohio State University Family Medicine Residency Program provides a unique training experience, balancing the rigors of an academic program with the environment of traditional family medicine. As an integral part of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, our residents are clinical instructors in The Ohio State College of Medicine, providing the opportunity to teach medical students and other health care professionals elements of primary care, physical examination skills and doctor-patient relationship building. Our academic focus provides opportunities for research and scholarship which is unparalleled in community programs.

Call Schedule

The call schedule varies upon the rotation and year, with call being no more frequent than every third night. To accommodate the new duty hours regulations, we have implemented a new call schedule, which minimizes cross-cover. This call schedule has been well received by our residents and faculty. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has state-of-the art call rooms with computer and fitness facilities. Residents are assured one day off each week, on average, to be away from the program.

Moonlighting Policy

Moonlighting is permitted for second- and third-year residents who hold a valid permanent Ohio medical license, as long as it does not interfere with the resident’s responsibilities to the program. Before being allowed to moonlight, the resident must fulfill all obligations of the residency program and be approved to do so by the residency director.

Training Sites

Our university-based residency emphasizes family medicine with specialty rotations at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, a nationally ranked academic medical center. Our inpatient services at University Hospital East, allow family practice residents to develop their clinical and technical skills in a supportive environment that fosters the development of life-long learning processes necessary for every family doctor. Residents will also train at the nearby Rardin Family Medicine Center, where faculty and community family physicians mentor and teach our residents in the office setting.

Additional training sites: Our residents also spend four months at Nationwide Children’s Hospital – one of the top children's hospitals in the nation. We provide experiences in diverse urban, suburban and rural Ohio settings. Residents care for their patients at the Patient-Centered Medical Home Rardin Family Practice, while providing care at both Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center and OSU Hospital East.
University Track curriculum

University Track curriculum

First Year

 Family medicine orientation            Two weeks 
 Diabetes      Four weeks 
 Family medicine inpatient service      (Three) four week blocks
 Emergency medicine      Four weeks
 Cardiology      Four weeks
 Intensive care unit      Four weeks
 Obstetrics      (Two) four week blocks
 Newborn nursery      Four weeks
 Pediatric inpatient service      Four weeks
 General surgery      Four weeks
 Family medicine intern medley      Four weeks

Second Year

 Family medicine inpatient service            (Two) four week blocks 
 Medical home management      Four weeks 
 Community and occupational medicine      Four weeks
 Women's health      Four weeks
 Pediatric clinic      Four weeks
 Pediatric emergency room      Four weeks
 Adult orthopedics      Four weeks
 Ambulatory surgery      Four weeks
 Dermatology      Four weeks
 Behavioral health      Four weeks
 Elective      Four weeks

Third Year

 Family medicine inpatient service            (Two) four week blocks 
 Sports medicine      Four weeks 
 Pediatrics selective
     (Two) four week blocks or
 (four) two week blocks
 Adult internal medicine selective
     (One) four week block or
 (two) two week blocks
 Ophthalmology, ENT, urology      (Two) four week blocks
 Family practice center      Four weeks
 Electives      (Four) four week blocks

Longitudinal Curriculum

  • Family medicine outpatient care
  • Behavioral medicine and mental health
  • Longitudinal obstetrics experience
  • Care of elderly patient (geriatrics)
  • Information mastery/evidence-based practice
  • Research and scholarship
  • Practice management
  • Diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine
  • Quality management and improvement
  • Women's health
  • Sports medicine

Core Didactic Series

Our program strives for a balance between learning at the bedside, in the clinical exam room and in the conference room. To accomplish the latter, we have set aside Wednesday afternoons for our conferences, following a structured monthly template. This template involves Grand Rounds followed by resident educational conferences. These conferences are an effective mixture of workshops, problem-based learning cases and case-based presentations. We also have a longitudinal inpatient curriculum consisting of a series of topics specific to the inpatient setting.

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