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

Phil Chang, MD

Phil Chang, MD

Chief Medical Resident

Phil Chang was born in Hong Kong before moving to Cupertino, CA when he was a toddler. He was raised in Silicon Valley (right next to Apple headquarters), and moved south to San Diego, CA for undergrad at UCSD. There, he started work in biochemical research, followed by a short stint as a laboratory technician at Stanford prior to acceptance into medical school at the University of Illinois. Since his time in the internal medicine/pediatrics program here, he has found he has always been a Midwesterner at heart! Following his chief year, Phil plans to pursue primary care and hospitalist internal medicine / pediatrics work in the academic setting (most importantly continuing to work with residents and students). In his free time, Phil enjoys visiting new breweries and restaurants with his wife, soothing the fears of their anxious dog/fur-baby Jane, and playing tennis whenever he can. Don't get him started on board games, either (Settlers of Catan is still the best game of all time)!
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Jessica Sharpe, MD

Chief Medical Resident

Jessica Sharpe is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate training, where she fell in love with basic science research and developed an interest in cancer genetics. This prompted her to pursue an MD, PhD program at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and her PhD work focused on protein interactions in Ras-positive cancers. She was drawn to Ohio State for its vast opportunities in clinical research and its strong internal medicine training, and she fell in love with teaching along the way. After her chief year, she plans to pursue a Hematology-Oncology fellowship and is interested in breast cancer clinical trials. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and 3-month-old son, Chase, and her original babies, her cats Ray and Ava. She also still attempts to cheer for the Atlanta Falcons, even though they make it difficult at times.
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Taylor Koenig, MD

Chief Medical Resident

Taylor Koenig is originally from Akron, Ohio. After attending undergrad at Georgetown University, she found her way home back to the Buckeye State for medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. During residency, she developed her passion for Medical Education and Rheumatology, which she plans to pursue after chief year. In her free time, Taylor enjoys running, going to coffee shops, and spending time with her dog, Ben.

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