10 Reasons
to Choose Ohio State


We know rankings are important not only in recruiting talented faculty, but in recruiting talented students like yourself. The Ohio State University College of Medicine is ranked 14th among public universities in the country by USNews & World Report’s Best Colleges for 2014. Ten of our specialties are also considered the best in nation including Cardiology and Heart Surgery; Diabetes and Endocrinology; Ear, Nose and Throat; Geriatrics; Nephrology; Neurology and Neurosurgery; Pulmonology; Rehabilitation; and Urology.


You'll be learning and working at one of the most comprehensive health-sciences campuses in the nation. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is composed of seven hospitals, five of which are on Ohio State’s main campus. Two others are just a short drive away in downtown Columbus, where we bring high-tech, compassionate care to a socioeconomically disadvantaged area of our great city.


We're expanding! As a visitor to the OSU medical campus, you can’t miss our new cancer hospital and critical care tower — 15 floors of state-of-the-art clinical space, including teaching space on every floor and research labs on every other floor. We built this facility because our current hospitals are full, and more and more doctors want to send their patients to Ohio State, as more and more patients want to come to Ohio State. What that means for you is more opportunities to serve and more opportunities to take care of patients. It will open in spring of 2014 — just in time for your first year.

LSI (Lead.Serve.Inspire) Curriculum

The method of teaching medical students in the United States hasn't changed much in more than 100 years — students traditionally spend two years in the classroom and two years in a clinical environment. Our new "Lead. Serve. Inspire." curriculum is different — students take care of patients in their first year, learning how to take vital signs, give injections, draw blood and do EKGs in their first eight weeks. As a first-year student, you will be assigned to a clinic in week nine — going one day every other week for two years. You will be serving as a vital part of the clinic, getting to know our doctors, nursing staff and technicians, and considering our patients as your own patients.

Unique Opportunities

About 70 percent of our students participate in our international rotation program, which is coordinated through our Office of Global Health. Other schools may allow you to do a global-health elective, but it's so important to us that we help pay your way. Scholarships of $2,500 are available to all students who participate in this program. Other unique opportunities at Ohio State include the ability to volunteer at one of our five free clinics, advanced training in ultrasound, and unprecedented research opportunities at one of the largest universities in the nation.

Preparation for Residency

Our Lead.Serve.Inspire curriculum incorporates the six core competencies that residency programs must teach their residents: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning, systems-based practice, communication and professionalism. This means that when you graduate from The Ohio State University College of Medicine you will have already mastered and demonstrated the core competencies expected of graduating residents. This will make you very attractive to the nation’s top residency programs.

Clinical Skills Training

As College of Medicine student, you'll have access to our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Education & Assessment Center on the sixth floor of the Prior Health Sciences Library. It features 18,000 square feet of simulation space to hone your procedural skills in a low-risk, safe learning environment.

Technology in Education

Our medical center’s medical record system is completely electronic, and you will be using this system within your first few months of matriculating. Also, as an incoming medical student, you will receive an iPad that's preloaded with medical information and useful apps to assist you during your four-year medical education.

"THE" Ohio State University

The College of Medicine and OSU’s Wexner Medical Center are located on the country's largest campus, providing you access to all of its many resources including the Thompson Library, Recreation & Physical Activity Center and the Ohio Union and the Ohio Stadium.

The People

We think the No. 1 reason to come to The Ohio State University College of Medicine is the people you'll meet here, particularly our medical students. They're a well-rounded, diverse group of hardworking individuals, including artists, musicians, athletes and community servants. We know that they'll be great doctors one day, and we know you will, too.