A Study on the Impact of the Doctors Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Dually Accredited Pediatric Residency Program

Barnhardt E, Rakowsky A
Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, United states

The dually accredited pediatric residency program available through Doctors Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital was originally developed to provide graduates of osteopathic medical schools with an excellent training experience at a large pediatric training institution while allowing graduates to continue to develop their osteopathic skills throughout training. Our study involves the distribution of a survey to evaluate the impact of the Dually Accredited Pediatric Residency Program to all pediatric residents at Nationwide Children’s Hospital including all categorical, internal medicine-pediatrics, and dual program residents. 59 residents in total responded out of a total of 151 residents. Of these 59 residents, 10 dual residents, 5 D.O. graduates not in the dual program, and 44 M.D. residents (a group including both categorical pediatric residents and Internal Medicine-Pediatric residents) completed the survey. Separate questions were targeted to each group of residents. Interestingly, M.D. pediatric residents demonstrated a numerical increase (unfortunately not a statistically significant increase) in understanding of OMM and Osteopathic Medicine as a result of being a resident at Nationwide (an increase from 10 to 16 residents surveyed). There was also an increase from 24 to 33 M.D. residents who believe OMM definitely or possibly works for certain conditions. 25 M.D. residents also stated they would be interested in learning OMM skills. 8 out of 14 residents in the dually accredited program cited feeling they have made an impact in helping colleagues outside the dual program learn more about OMM and other unique skills D.O.’s possess. With the transition to a single graduate medical education accreditation system, the previously mentioned dual program now has become the “Osteopathic Recognition Track” – this is sure to bring about new challenges; however, there will be new requirements, such as the requirement for track residents to complete OMM-related scholarly activity, that has the potential to impact the field of pediatrics in general.