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Jennifer K. O'Toole, MD, MEd, SFHM

  • Program Director, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Residency Program
  • Director of Education, Division of Hospital Medicine
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
  • UC Department of Internal Medicine



Dr. Jennifer O’Toole is a pediatric and adult hospitalist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (UCCOM). She holds a Master's of Education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Cincinnati College of Education. In 2017, she moved into the role of program director of Cincinnati’s Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program, after having served as associate program director for nine years. In addition, she serves as program director of the IMSTAR Medical Education Fellowship within the Department of Internal Medicine at UCCOM and director of education for the Division of Hospital Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She is a graduate of the Academic Pediatric Association’s (APA) Educational Scholars Program and served as member representative on the executive committee of the national Medicine-Pediatric Program Directors Association from 2013-2015. From 2015-2018 she served as co-chair of the APA’s Hospital Medicine Special Interest Group and co-chair of the planning committee for the 2018 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference. In 2017 Dr. O’Toole was named a member of the inaugural Pediatric Hospital Medicine Sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. O'Toole has received the Society of Hospital Medicine's (SHM) Award for Teaching Excellence (2018), the inaugural Med-Peds Program Director's Brendan P. Kelly Award (2017), and the Cincinnati Children's Faculty Education Achievement Award (2013)

Her clinical and research interests include resident education, curriculum development and innovation, handoff communication, patient/family centered care, and achieving gender equity for women in medicine. Since 2010 she has held the role of site principal investigator at Cincinnati Children's for the I-PASS Study Group. As part of this study group she has had the opportunity to collaborate with researchers and educators from across the country on the initial I-PASS Handoff Study, the AHRQ-funded Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) I-PASS Mentored Implementation Program, the Patient and Family Centered I-PASS Study. Since 2018 she has also served as Chair of the ADVANCE PHM steering committee, and organization committed to achieving gender equity for women in pediatric hospital medicine.


Family, nurse, and physician beliefs on family-centered rounds: A 21-site study. Patel, SJ; Khan, A; Bass, EJ; Graham, D; Baird, J; Anderson, M; Calaman, S; Cray, S; Destino, L; Fegley, A; et al. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2022.

Patient and Family-Centered I-PASS SCORE Program: Resident and Advanced Care Provider Training Materials. Lewis, KD; Destino, L; Everhart, J; Subramony, A; Dreyer, B; Allair, B; Anderson, M; Baird, J; Bismilla, Z; Good, B; et al. MedEdPORTAL. 2022; 18.

Association of Patient and Family Reports of Hospital Safety Climate With Language Proficiency in the US. Khan, A; Parente, V; Baird, JD; Patel, SJ; Cray, S; Graham, DA; Halley, M; Johnson, T; Knoebel, E; Lewis, KD; et al. JAMA Pediatrics. 2022; 176:776-786.

Improving trainee clinical documentation through a novel curriculum in internal medicine. Weber, DE; Held, JD; Jandarov, RA; Kelleher, M; Kinnear, B; Sall, DR; O'Toole, JK. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2022; 17:28-35.

Identifying and Supporting the Needs of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residents Interested in Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship. Boggs, E; Luttrell, H; Basco, W; Brittan, M; Jerardi, K; Kessenich, J; Kondos, V; O'Toole, J; Solomon, J; Tarchichi, T; et al. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2021.

We Are All Learning, Together: An Imperative for Patient- and Family-Centered Rounds From the Patient and Family Perspective. Vara, T; Anderson, M; Baird, JD; Calaman, S; O'Toole, JK; Patient- and Family-Centered I-PASS Safer Communic, . Hospital pediatrics. 2021; 11:e117-e119.

In Reply to Wayne et al. Sall, D; Warm, EJ; Kinnear, B; Kelleher, M; Jandarov, R; O’Toole, J. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2021; 36:1795-1796.

See One, Do One, Forget One: Early Skill Decay After Paracentesis Training. Sall, D; Warm, EJ; Kinnear, B; Kelleher, M; Jandarov, R; O'Toole, J. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2021; 36:1346-1351.

The Impact of Primary Mentors and Career Development Committees on Junior Faculty Productivity in a Pediatric Academic Health Center. Hackworth, JM; Meinzen-Derr, J; DePalma, M; Hostetter, M; Klein, M; O'Toole, JK; Kahn, J. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 232:4-8.e1.

Developing Content for Pediatric Hospital Medicine Certification Examination Using Practice Analysis. Mittal, V; Shah, N; Dwyer, AC; O'Toole, JK; Percelay, J; Carlson, D; Woods, S; Lee, V; Russo, C; Black, N; et al. Pediatrics. 2020; 146.

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