Ohio State’s “Lead.Serve.Inspire.” (LSI) curriculum is a three-part, four-year program that integrates basic science learning in the classroom with clinical science applied in the clinical arena. The LSI competency-based framework ensures that future physicians are prepared to provide high-caliber health care to diverse populations. Early hands-on experience in longitudinal, practice-based clinical services encourage students to apply classroom knowledge to actual patient situations.

One major component of LSI curriculum is the opportunity to take Advanced Competencies and Electives. Students may choose from a variety of advanced competencies and clinical electives to become proficient in their specialty. The LSI Part 3 Learning Portfolio is a culminating project in the curriculum designed to illustrate students’ development of core competencies. Overall, the goal of the LSI curriculum is to help students prepare for their chosen post-graduate residency programs and ultimately move on to their areas and specialization and practice.

Our Three-Year Primary Care Track (OSU-PCT) is for students interested in a career in family medicine. Approved through the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), three-year program culminates in the MD. Students who successfully graduate are offered acceptance into the Ohio State Family and Community Medicine Residency Program, and will complete medical school and residency training in six years.

Tenets of the LSI Curriculum

  • Three-part curriculum that takes four years to finish
  • Fully integrated basic and clinical sciences
  • Early longitudinal practice-based clinical service that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real patients
  • Self-directed learning with multiple assessment methods to provide individualized learning with standardized outcomes
  • Faculty coaching to support strong clinical skills
  • Project work that requires critical thinking and synthesis
  • Clinical-based problem solving in a team-based environment

Training for the 21st century physician

As medicine continues to evolve, we constantly seek ways to keep pace and anticipate challenges in the future. That’s why we’ve made a $3 billion investment in our strategic plan, a multi-faceted approach to growth in research, education and culture, among other areas. The plan calls for infill of open sites and renewal of earlier facilities, including Hamilton Hall. The medical school of the future is well underway. 

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Our curriculum in action

Our innovative Lead.Serve.Inspire. curriculum integrates foundational science with early patient interaction and longitudinal clinical practice, supported by the vast resources of an academic health center on the campus of a top 10 public research university.

Simulation Center

Learn more about what you have access to as a medical student at Ohio State within the SIM center. Hear from faculty members about the experiences within the center and how the college utilizes high-tech simulations to connect clinical applications to patient care in a low-stress environment.

What we teach here saves lives

The Clinical Skills Center allows medical students to practice fundamental skills in real- life situations in a safe learning environment.
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Curricular requirements for completion of the MD degree include demonstrated competency in the curricular learning outcomes.  In addition students must pass Parts 1, 2, & 3 of the curriculum, post a passing score on USMLE Step 1 and 2CK, and meet all professional standards. 

Where Students Practice


Ohio State University Hospital

Consistently recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, University Hospital is the flagship patient care facility of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. University Hospital is home to a Level I Trauma Center, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit and a groundbreaking Center for Neuromodulation. 

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The James Cancer Hospital


As the third largest cancer hospital in the country, The James fully integrates scientific research with education and excellent patient-care. Designated a Comprehensive Caner Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), The James is one of only a few centers in the nation funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials on novel anticancer drugs sponsored by the NCI. 

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Nationwide Children's Hospital

As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is where medical students are trained in pediatric care and is currently ranked No. 8 for best children's hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.


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Ohio State Ross Heart Hospital

Top ranked in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report, the Ross Heart Hospital provides care for every type of heart or vascular disease. 

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Ohio State Brain and Spine Hospital

Home to central Ohio’s top-ranked neurology/neurosurgery program, the Brain and Spine Hospital has specialized units for stroke care, neurotrauma and traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and spine surgery, epilepsy, chronic pain, acute rehabilitation and neurosurgery.

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Ohio State East Hospital

The Ohio State East Hospital blends academic medicine with a community-based setting in a comprehensive outpatient facility and 190-bed hospital on Columbus’ east side. Home to a Level III Trauma Center, East Hospital provides a full range of medical and surgical services to patients throughout central Ohio, including orthopedics, general surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, ENT, cardiovascular and pulmonary care, urology, family medicine, general internal medicine and emergency medicine.

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Ohio State Harding Hospital

Ohio State Harding Hospital provides the most comprehensive behavioral health care services for adults, older adults, children and adolescents in central Ohio. 

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Ohio State Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital

At Ohio State’s nationally ranked inpatient rehabilitation services at Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital, residents receive training in general and neurorehabilitation, neuromuscular medicine, electrodiagnostics and musculoskeletal ultrasound to helps individuals live their lives to the fullest after disabilities caused by trauma, illness, congenital deficits or disease. 

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