Jennifer K. O'Toole, MD, MEd

Program Director, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics Residency Program

Medical Director of Education and Adult Care, Division of Hospital Medicine

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

UC Department of Internal Medicine

Phone 513-803-2009



Adult and pediatric hospital medicine 


Handoffs; medical education; patient and family centered care; care of adults in pediatric hospitals

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 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. She currently serves as co-chair of the APA’s Hospital Medicine Special Interest Group and is a member of the planning committee for the annual Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference.

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. She 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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Warm EJ, Held J, Hellman M, Kelleher M, Kinnear B, Lee C, O’Toole JK, Mathis B, Mueller C, Sall D, Tolentino J, Schauer D. Entrusting Observable Practice Activities and Milestones Over the 36 Months of an Internal Medicine Residency. Academic Medicine. June 2016.

O’Toole JK, McLinden D, Sucharew H, Dewitt T, Klein MD. A Pilot Study of the Creation and Implementation of a Teaching Development Assessment Tool. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2015 Dec;7(4):638-42.

Kinnear B, O’Toole JK. The Care of Adults in Children’s Hospitals: Acknowledging the Aging Elephant in the Room. JAMA Pediatrics. 2015 Dec;169(12):1081-1082.

Auger K, Jerardi K, Simmons J, Davis M, O’Toole JK, Sucharew H. It's Complicated: Overcoming Statistical Challenges of Group Learning in Medical Education Research. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2015 Sep;7(3):326-330.

O’Toole JK, Friedland A, Gonzaga AM, Hartig JR, Holliday S, Lukela M, Moutsios SA, Kolarik R. The Practice Patterns of Recently Graduated Internal Medicine-Pediatric Hospitalists. Hospital Pediatrics. 2015 June;5(6):309-314.

O’Toole J, Bismilla Z, Everhart J. The I-PASS Handoff Program: A Standardized Approach to Transitions of Care That Improves Patient Safety. Academic Internal Medicine Insight. 2015 April;13(1). 

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.

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.