Jennifer K. O'Toole, MD, MEd

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics Residency Program

Medical Director of Education, Division of Hospital Medicine

Associate Fellowship Director, General Pediatrics Master Educator Fellowship

Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

UC Department of Internal Medicine


Adult and pediatric hospital medicine 


Handoffs; medical education; patient and family centered care

Dr. Jennifer O’Toole is a pediatric and adult hospitalist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and an associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. O’Toole also holds a Master's of Education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Cincinnati College of Education.

Since 2008, Dr. O’Toole has served as the associate director of Cincinnati’s Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program. In addition, she is the program director of the IMSTAR Medical Education Fellowship within the Department of Internal Medicine and medical director of education and adult care for the Division of Hospital Medicine at Cincinnati Children's. She is a scholar in the Academic Pediatric Association’s Educational Scholars Program and member representative on the Executive Committee of the national Medicine-Pediatric Program Directors Association.

Her clinical and research interests include resident education, curriculum development and innovation, handoffs, and inpatient care for adults with congenital or complex healthcare needs admitted to pediatric hospitals. She is the site principal investigator for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the I-PASS Institute, and serves as chair of the Educational Executive Committee for the Society of Hospital Medicine’s I-PASS Mentored Implementation Program and is a member of Educational Executive Committee for the Patient and Family Centered I-PASS Study.

BS: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.

MD: University of Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY, 2003.

Residency: Internal Medicine / Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2007.

Chief Residency: Department of Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

MEd: University of Cincinnati College of Education, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2007; Internal Medicine, 2008.

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Starmer A, Spector N, Srivastava R, West D, Rosenbluth G, Allen A, Noble E, Tse L, Dalal A, Keohane C, Lipsitz S, Rothschild J, Wien M, Yoon C, Zigmont K, Wilson K, O’Toole JK, et al. Changes in Medical Errors after Implementation of a Handoff Program. New England Journal of Medicine. 2014 Nov 6;371(19):1803-1812.

Solan L, Yau C, Sucharew H, O’Toole JK. A Structured Multi-Disciplinary Handoff Improves Communication. Hospital Pediatrics. 2014 Sept 1;4(5):311-315.

Starmer A, O’Toole JK, Rosenbluth G, Calaman S, et al. The I-PASS Resident Handoff Curriculum: An Innovative Multi-site Initiative to Improve Patient Handoffs. Academic Medicine. 2014 June;89(6):876-884.

O’Toole JK, West D, Starmer A, Yu C, et al. Placing Faculty Development “Front and Center” in a Multi-site Educational Initiative: Lessons from the I-PASS Handoff Study. Academic Pediatrics. 2014 May;14(3):221-224.

O'Toole J, Sectish T, Starmer A, Rosenbluth G, West D, Landrigan C, Allen A, Noble E, Srivastava R, Tse L, Hepps J, Lopreiato J, Calaman S, Yu C, Spector N, I. I-PASS Handoff Curriculum: Faculty Development Resources. MedEdPORTAL. 2013.

O’Toole JK, Stevenson AT, Good BP, Guiot AB, Solan LG, Tse LL, Landrigan CP, Sectish TC, Srivastava R, Starmer AJ, Spector ND. Closing the Gap: Medical Students and Handoff Training. Journal of Pediatrics. 2013 May;162(5):887-888.e1.

O’Toole JK, Solan L, Yau C, Weiser J, Simmons J. Pediatric Hospitalist Perceptions of the Impact of Duty Hour Changes on Education and Patient Care. Hospital Pediatrics. 2013 April;3(2):162-166.

O’Toole JK, Solan L, Burkhardt M, Klein M. Watch and Learn: An Innovative Video Trigger Curriculum to Increase Resident Screening for Social Determinants of Health. Clinical Pediatrics. 2013 April;52(4):340-346.

Klein M, O’Toole JK, McLinden D, DeWitt T. Training Tomorrow’s Medical Education Leaders: Creating a General Pediatric Master Educator Fellowship. Journal of Pediatrics. 2013 Mar;162(3):440-441.e1.

O’Toole JK, Burkhardt M, Solan L, Vaughn L, Klein M. Resident Confidence Addressing Social History: Is it Influenced by Availability of Social-Legal Resources? Clinical Pediatrics. 2012 Jul;51(7):625-31.

Bringing I-PASS to the Bedside: A Communication Bundle to Improve Patient Safety and Experience. Site Principal Investigator. Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Jan 2014–Dec 2016.