Snapshot/FAQ

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Snapshot

 
  • Among the highest paid EM Residents in the country
  • State-operated retirement fund; most residents leave the program with $25,000 in a retirement account
  • High-acuity patients: 11% of our patients are admitted to the ICU
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital has the #1 ranked pediatric emergency department (by Child magazine)
  • 220,000 patients treated a year at our three major clinical sites
  • Leading public university in NIH funding
  • Over 1,200 inpatient beds in The OSU Wexner Medical Center
  • The only burn center in central Ohio
  • The only ED in central Ohio with 24/7 HBO treatment available
  • On site physicians in over 40 specialties
  • Columbus is the 15th largest city in the US
  • Spend one month working at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii - travel, car, and housing are provided
  • Program funded national emergency medicine conferences each year
  • PGY 2 & 3 stipends for books, and other educational expenses
  • Learn about living in Columbus on our Columbus information page
 

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Is the OSU ED its own independent department and how financially stable is Ohio State University?

 
We are an independent department. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is financially stable.
 

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What hospitals do you rotate at?

 
We spend the majority of our time at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. We also spend a total of 5 1/2 blocks at Nationwide Children's Hospital. We do 2 1/2 blocks at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Our trauma surgical critical care block is at Grant Medical Center. Ohio State University Hospital East is a community hospital where we are becoming an increasing presence in the ED. To round things out, we have the option of going to Kaiser Permanente in Honolulu.
 

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Do you have an Ultrasound teaching program?

 
Ultrasound is an integral tool for emergency physicians and a strong focus of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Residents have a longitudinal ultrasound experience, with both a dedicated longitudinal curriculum and integration into clinical shifts.
 
Our program is at the leading edge, with up-to-date ultrasound machines, wireless connectivity and a state-of-the-art skills training area. Leading faculty have championed training and use of ultrasound in emergency medicine and critical care at this facility and worldwide. Upon graduation, our residents become credentialed in emergency indications for ultrasound and many have taken positions as ultrasound directors at their new facilities.
 
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What is the presence of faculty in the ED? What are their backgrounds?

 
Full-time EM faculty are present twenty-four hours a day with triple coverage during the busiest hours and double coverage 24/7 most days. All of the EM faculty are board certified or board eligible in Emergency Medicine. Other board certifications include Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Pediatrics.
 

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What is the accreditation status of OSU's EM program?

 
The three-year residency program has been approved by the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Residents completing the program will be eligible for board certification in Emergency Medicine. We currently offer 16 categorical Emergency Medicine positions. Additionally, we offer two Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine Residency program positions. The Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine Residency Program is a five-year, non-ACGME accredited program; however residents will be eligible to sit for both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and American Board of Internal Medicine board exams after completion of training.
 

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How close is x-ray to the ED? Who reads the films and when?

 
OSU has a computerized "PACS" radiology system which allows for quick access to any study ordered. The Emergency Department has its own X-ray and CT suites within the department which operates twenty-four hours per day. Radiologists are always in-house reading ED films.
 

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What is the availability of general labs and ABG's?

 
ED laboratory tests receive priority in the central laboratory services of the hospital. Lab turnaround for ED specimens is ideally within thirty minutes. ABG's are finished in five minutes.
 

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What is the trauma experience like at OSU?

 
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has an active trauma service with a Level 1 Trauma Center designation. Our Emergency Department receives patients from the community as well as trauma referrals from throughout Central and Southeastern Ohio. Emergency Medicine residents are an integral part of the trauma team in all trauma resuscitations.
 
Second- and third-year residents in the Emergency Department participate in management of trauma resuscitations both as trauma team leaders and airway managers. Second-year residents also spend time in the Ohio State Surgical ICU and on the Trauma Surgery Critical Care team at Grant Medical Center, the only other adult Level 1 Trauma Center in the city that manages a high proportion of penetrating trauma patients.
 

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How is the resident's performance evaluated?

 
The resident's performance is evaluated by those supervising his or her activities. A written assessment is given to the program director on a daily basis. A summary of these evaluations will be communicated in writing to the resident twice a year. On at least a semi-annual basis, discussions of these results will be held between the resident and the Residency Program Director.
 

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How are the faculty evaluated?

 
Individual faculty members are formally evaluated monthly by the EM residents and reviewed by the program director and department chair at the faculty's annual review. Summaries of these evaluations are communicated to the faculty.
 

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How are the specific rotations evaluated?

 
At the end of each rotation, the resident completes an evaluation of the rotation. Rotations are evaluated by the residents at meetings between the attending physicians and the program director. In addition, the curriculum is continuously evaluated by both residents and faculty. Our curriculum has been adapted every year to make the resident experience a better one, and residents are the driving force behind the changes that are made.
 

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Where are your residents from and where do they go?

 
You can check out our residents' page to see where everyone is from. Recent graduates went to Minnesota, California, Nevada, Virginia, Texas, and Columbus, among other places.
 

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What is the annual Emergency Department Volume?

 
OSU Main Campus: 72,000, OSU East Campus: 52,000, Nationwide Children's: 88,000.
 

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What is the percent Admission Rate?

 
At OSU Main Campus - about 30% (about 11% of admissions go to an ICU)
 

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What is your pediatric experience like?

 
Excellent. We spend 1 1/2 blocks as interns, and two blocks as second and third years at Nationwide Children's Hospital. There is also monthly conference time dedicated to pediatrics. See the curriculum page for more details. Nationwide Children's Hospital features brand new facilities, including a new 130-bed emergency department. It is part of a tertiary care pediatric center and a Level I Trauma Center. This ED has an annual census of over 88,000 patients. The resident is the primary caregiver, under the supervision and guidance of pediatric emergency medicine boarded faculty physicians. The Pediatric EM rotation offers an outstanding clinical experience, extensive bedside teaching and allotted time for pediatric and adult emergency medicine resident conferences.
 
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