MD and PhD Program

  • Curriculum

    The best pediatricians integrate deductive reasoning, intuition and sensitivity into every encounter with their young patients and their families. At Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center we instill these skills in our MD / PhD trainees through a residency program grounded in critical thinking and evidence-based medicine.

    We value bedside learning − encouraging active discussion and research of questions as they are posed. At the same time, we ensure that our residents understand disease mechanisms and the basic scientific aspects of medical care.

    Learning to Lead

    The PL-1 year emphasizes broad practical experience in inpatient and ambulatory settings. You will be responsible for the direct care of patients admitted to you and take active roles in formulating their treatment plans. While on call, you will be the first to evaluate and initiate proper therapy for patients experiencing problems. All first-year residents also rotate through community pediatricians’ offices to learn the medical and business aspects of office pediatrics.

    The PL-2 year emphasizes continued development of clinical skills. Second-year residents spend time on subspecialty electives and rotate through the emergency department and intensive care units.

    Depending on what research tract you take during the PL-3 year, you will become an active leader in diverse settings, including the emergency department and nurseries. Ward senior residents directly supervise patient care and educate PL-1s, PL-2s and medical students.

    Throughout training, you will benefit from close interaction with fellows in nearly 30 subspecialties. Fellows do not write orders on patients or directly manage their care, but their specialized expertise and accessibility are valuable resources for MD / PhD trainees.

    Learning Opportunities

    MD / PhD trainees at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center learn and share with colleagues, attendees and others in daily formal and informal teaching sessions. Sessions include biweekly morning reports, weekly grand rounds and rounds focusing on various divisions, as well as rounds at which residents – new and senior – present to chief residents and faculty mentors.  There are also a host of different research conferences that residents are welcome to attend.