About the Program

The Ohio State University Department of Internal Medicine provides a unique and dynamic learning environment for residents, stressing the importance of clinical excellence and dedication to scholarship. We receive some of the most medically complex cases across Ohio and neighboring states, and the volume of patients we treat gives each resident a rich and diverse training experience. Despite the challenge of providing such care, Ohio State benefits from true camaraderie between residents and faculty that focus on excellent patient care and resident education. And, our residents learn from one another as our medical teams often comprise members of our categorical, primary care, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine, and Physician Scientist Training Program residencies.

Aside from clinical excellence, Ohio State provides countless opportunities for scholarly achievement. Whether through our structured Research Track or faculty-mentored projects, our residents consistently publish in high impact peer-reviewed journals and present their work at major national and international conferences. We also provide a comprehensive Leadership Curriculum which gives each resident a toolset for navigating the nuanced challenges that doctors will face throughout their careers. Finally, we are dedicated to achieve all these goals while maintaining a culture of wellness. With the guidance of our Wellness Committee we ensure our residents can enjoy life outside of medicine, and make some of the most meaningful friendships and memories of their lives.

Our fellows work with eight primary care geriatricians. In 2016, our team of geriatricians saw 7,500 outpatients, cared for 1,835 inpatients and visited 377 patients in transitional care organizations. Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a 971-bed, medical and surgical teaching hospital with over 45,000 admissions in 2014. OSU’s emergency room, with over 120,000 annual visits, opened an 8 bed Geriatric Unit in 2015. Nationally ranked in seven adult specialties and “high-performing” in another eight adult specialties, including geriatrics (which currently is ranked 44th in the country), OSUWMC has led the Midwest region for 22 years in US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” rankings. Our College of Medicine ranks 12th in the country among public universities in the magazine's "America's Best Graduate Schools.” On Best Doctors Inc.'s most recent "Best Doctors in America" list, 79% of the central Ohio honorees were Ohio State faculty. Adopting Epic in 2011, OSUWMC has been recognized as one of the nation's “Most Wired Hospitals” 11 times by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, more than any hospital in Ohio. A medical research powerhouse with more than 20 centers and institutes, including a new Brain and Spine Hospital that opened in 2016, OSUWMC conducts more than 1,000 active research studies in virtually every medical specialty. Despite being the only academic medical center in central Ohio, OSUWMC provides more than $170 million in charity care and community support each year. Applications accepted through ERAS. Contact Shannon Libby, Geriatrics Fellowship Program Coordinator with questions @ shannon.libby@osumc

Hear why our residents chose Ohio State Internal Medicine for their residency.

Learn about some of the leadership development opportunities available to our residents.

Learn about how Ohio State makes wellness a priority for residents.

Mentors in Internal Medicine

Early establishment of mentors is encouraged and facilitated by the design of our training program. We begin linking you with possible mentors during orientation. Based on career interests, interns are linked to faculty that can provide further advice and guide the intern through a scholarly project as part of their career development elective and possibly additional months. These links are sometimes with the general and subspecialty attendings they work with on the wards. Often residents receive referrals from a director, chief resident or colleague.

Faculty mentors appreciate that time is allotted within the residency for research, quality improvement and/or educational scholarship and are eager to help. Trainees value the open access to mentors, role models, division heads and fellowship program directors.


Training Pathways

Training Pathways

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Each Ohio State internal medicine resident has the opportunity to individualize his or her learning plan to align with passions and career goals.
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Each Ohio State internal medicine resident has the opportunity to individualize his or her learning plan to align with passions and career goals.
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Residents choose Ohio State for the collaborative, friendly learning community composed of colleagues they respect and can trust with their patients.
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Our residents discover that hard work on a clinical question or project can result in becoming more than the local expert on an issue. Many find themselves presenting their results at national or international specialty meetings or publishing in leading journals.
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Early establishment of mentors is encouraged and facilitated by the design of our training program. We begin linking you with possible mentors during orientation.
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Our residents discover that hard work on a clinical question or project can result in becoming more than the local expert on an issue.

Our Leadership

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David Wininger, MD

Residency Program Director

Dr. Wininger became program director in 2007. Linking residents with inspiring mentors is one of the joys of his job. “Actually, many times our interns have made connections and are pursuing their passions before I’ve lifted a finger.”  He and his wife have four children in their teens and twenties.

MD: Indiana University School of Medicine, 1989
IM Residency/ID Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center
Primary Research: AIDS Clinical Trials

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Jennifer Allen, MD

Associate Residency Program Director

Jennifer has piloted many improvements in inpatient ward experience such as focused general medicine mini-lectures, tuning up progress notes and improved doctor-nurse-patient communication. 

MD: The Ohio State University, 2005
Residency: The Ohio State University, 2008
Division: Hospital Medicine

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Lisa Kearns, MD

Associate Residency Program Director, Primary Care Track

Lisa is from Youngstown, Ohio. As the Director of the Primary Care Track, Lisa works with residents and medical students in the primary care setting.

MD: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Residency: Summa Health System
Fellowship/MS: University of Chicago

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Jared Moore, MD

Associate Residency Program Director

Jared joined the department to work in primary care. He leads the residency clinic at Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza and the Leadership/Management Training Program- an essential feature of the residency for categorical interns.

MD: The Ohio State University, 2008
Residency: The Ohio State University, 2011

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Robert Baiocchi, MD, PhD

Assistant Program Director for Research

MD: The Ohio State University
PhD: State University of New York at Buffalo
Residency: The Ohio State University
Fellowship: The Ohio State University
Division: Hematology

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Carleen Spitzer, MD

Assistant Program Director

MD: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency: The Ohio State University

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Allison Heacock, MD

Assistant Program Director for Quality Improvement

MD: The Ohio State University
Residency: The Ohio State University

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Charles Redman, MD

Director of Coaching and Remediation

MD: The Ohio State University, 2006
Residency: The Ohio State University, 2010

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Meet our chief residents

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Alix Barnes, MD

Chief Medical Resident

Alix Barnes was raised in Windham, NH before moving to Morrisville, NC. She went to North Carolina State University for undergrad followed by the University of North Carolina for medical school before making her way to Ohio for residency here at Ohio State. Following her chief year, Alix plans to pursue a fellowship in Palliative Medicine followed by a Cardiology Fellowship. In her free time, Alix enjoys running around with her pets, Cullen and Dougie, named after players from her favorite hockey team, the Carolina Hurricanes. She is also a new Peloton fanatic.
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Andrew Johns, MD

Chief Medical Resident

Andrew Johns is originally from Indianapolis, IN. He met his wife, Heather (now a hematology nurse at Ohio State), at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he studied French and Spanish. As a chief resident, he is passionate about promoting learner engagement and developing novel formats for resident educational programs. He is also actively involved in cancer immunotherapy clinical research at Ohio State and plans to pursue a career in Hematology and Oncology. Andrew, Heather, Garrett (4), and Eliza (1) love to spend time at the Columbus Zoo, COSI, Legoland and exploring the unique parks and neighborhoods across Columbus.
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Josh Gordon, MD

Chief Medical Resident

Josh was born in New York City, but spent most of his life in Scottsdale, AZ. While he is an adopted Buckeye, he is an Arizona Wildcat at heart (Bear Down!) and was at UA for his undergrad and at the Phoenix campus for medical school. Josh plans to pursue a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He enjoys watching football, cooking new recipes and playing tennis.

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