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: 18% of our patients are admitted to the ICU
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital has the #1 ranked pediatric emergency department (by Child magazine)
  • 250,000 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 8 1/2 months at Nationwide Children's Hospital. We do three months at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Our trauma month 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?

 
Dr. David Bahner is a certified ultrasonographer and leads our ultrasound program, holding weekly teaching sessions (during clinical shifts, quality assurance tape review, and formal lectures in conference) to ensure residents' proficiency with this essential diagnostic modality. The ED has cutting edge machines which facilitate abdominal, endovaginal, and vascular probes, including color flow Doppler, and video recording capabilities. Over the three years of residency, residents performs enough scans to be eligible for credentialing in emergency ultrasonography after graduating. In the first and second year there is one month set aside for ultrasound.
 
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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 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has granted full accreditation for the maximum term of 5 years to the OSU Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Our most recent site visit was August 2012.
 

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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 suite adjacent to 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 trauma experience obtained at OSU is one of the strengths of the program for its diversity and variety of experience. The training is designed to provide the full spectrum of trauma care, not just initial ED stabilization. Residents oversee trauma care in the OSU ED, provide trauma critical care in the OSU SICU, participate in pediatric traumas at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and spend one month at Grant Medical Center on the trauma team. Our ED has a great working relationship with the trauma service.
 

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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 monthly basis. A summary of these evaluations will be communicated in writing to the resident. On at least a semi-annual basis, discussions of these results will be held between the resident and the Residency Program Director. Should deficiencies be identified, plans to remedy them will be documented in writing and placed on file, and the resident's progress and improvement will be monitored at least every three months. In addition, procedure logs are kept and reviewed periodically by the program director.
 

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How are the faculty evaluated?

 
At least annually, individual faculty members will be formally evaluated by the director of the DEM, the residency program director, and the EM residents. 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 Salt Lake City, New York, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Nashville, Wyoming, Honolulu, Chicago, Canton, and Columbus, among other places.
 

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What is the annual Emergency Department Volume?

 
OSU Main Campus: 75,000, OSU East Campus: 35,000, Nationwide Children's: 125,000.
 

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What is the percent Admission Rate?

 
At OSU Main Campus - about 30% (about 15% of admissions go to an ICU)
 

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What is your pediatric experience like?

 
Excellent. We spend three months as interns, and two months as second and third years at Nationwide Children's Hospital. There are also two hours of monthly conference time dedicated to pediatrics. See the curriculum page for more details.
 
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