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Family Medicine - Doctors Hospital

Interim Program Director            Program Specialist            Length of Residency            Positions  
Andrew Eilerman, DO  

Laurel May
(614) 544.0166
(800) 432.3309 ext. 5
Laurel.May@ohiohealth.com 

  3 years   6 per year  

Residency Program Overview

Our cutting edge educational experience allows our residents to be well prepared to pass the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) certifying examination and to enter practice or fellowship training, while allowing time to pursue individual interests for 18 trainees.

Doctors Hospital is a Center of Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) site of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) located in Columbus, Ohio. Andrew Eilerman, DO is the Program Director of this AOA-accredited residency program.

J. Todd Weihl, DO, FACOFP, Donald R. Furci, DO, FACOFP, and Charles Fisher, DO, are our Associate Program Directors.

These directors are assisted by Jeri O'Donnell, MA, LPCC, Director of Behavioral Science, Megan Keller, PharmD, BCACP, Director of Clinical Pharmacy, six community osteopathic family physicians, over 150 specialty physicians and other allied health professionals.

Eligibility for the Doctors Hospital Family Practice Residency include: 

1. Graduation from an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine. 
2. Membership in good standing with the AOA and the ACOFP. 
3. Having evidence of conformity to the AOA Code of Ethics.

Applications are processed through the Doctors Hospital Office of Medical Education via ERAS and are reviewed by members of the selection committee which is chaired by the Program Director. Selection is based on information contained in the application, references, interviews, and recommendation of the selection committee. Additional application information can be obtained by calling Laurel May at 614-544-0166 or through e-mail at laurel.may@ohiohealth.com

Extensive ambulatory training occurs in the well-equipped Family Practice Center (FPC) in Grove City: interns spend one half-day per week seeing patients; junior residents see their panel of patients four to five half-days per week in the second year; and senior residents see their panel of patients four to five half-days per week when not on a full month out rotation. Residents rotate through Doctors Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital for their in-patient rotation experiences.

Weekly didactic conferences include procedure sessions, book clubs, seminars, an office management series, critical journal reviews, OMM sessions, practice guidelines lectures, support groups, and case-based presentations which cover the core curriculum material and topics of special interest to the residents. Our residents also participate in the monthly family practice CORE education programs and quarterly meetings with the other family practice residencies in Columbus. Doctors Hospital has a wealth of additional outstanding continuing medical education programs that family practice residents are welcome to attend at no charge as time and interest permit.

The ACOFP has stated in their basic standards the overarching goals of a family practice training program are to:

1. Provide the resident with properly organized, progressive, primary responsibility in the care of patients in the family environment through didactic and clinical experiences.
2. Provide adequate training to enable the resident to competently demonstrate the application of osteopathic principles and practice in the treatment of patients.

The Doctors Hospital Family Practice Residency emphasizes:

  • Osteopathic concepts and their therapeutic application.
  • Diagnostic procedures and surgical skills pertinent to the ambulatory setting.
  • Practice management: Working knowledge of coding and billing, formularies and managed care Progressive responsibility for all aspects of patient care.
  • Problem-oriented medical record: Understand the presenting complaint relative to the patient's problems.
  • Time management: Plan a workable schedule, yet be prepared for the unexpected.
  • Referrals/consults: Appropriately seek assistance and patient care management.
  • Industrial cases: Pre-employment and injury treatment with return to work goals.
  • Communicable diseases: Screening, identifying, reporting, and management thereof.
  • Psychosocial issues: Interpersonal communication skills and behavioral problems.
  • Pediatrics/Geriatrics: Addresses the particular needs of special patient populations.
  • Preventive health care: For the patient in particular and the community in general.
  • Community service: Giving back to the community through volunteerism.

The ACOFP standards have established minimum rotations for:

FAMILY PRACTICE -- 312 half day blocks over 24 months. This continuity requirement is separate from all other training experiences.

INTERNAL MEDICINE -- 6 months. A mix of hospital-based and ambulatory experiences provide cognitive and procedure-oriented options.

SURGERY -- 5 months. The focus is directed towards orthopedics, urology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology and podiatry as they apply to ambulatory patients.

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY -- 4 months. Office gynecology is stressed. Additional OB is arranged for those with an expressed interest.

PEDIATRICS -- 4.5 months. Training sites include hospital-based clinics, private offices, and a nationally renowned pediatric hospital.

EMERGENCY MEDICINE -- 3 months. There shall be adequate training for a wide variety of undifferentiated acutely ill emergency issues in the traditional ER (both community and pediatric hospitals) as well as through the ER Fast Track.

ELECTIVES -- One month in the internship year and two months each in the junior and senior years.

PROCEDURES -- A strong emphasis is placed on teaching and performing in-office procedures including nexplanon and IUD insertions/removals, rhinolaryngoscopy, colposcopy, endometrial biopsy, minor skin procedures, joint injection/aspiration, vasectomy, and cryotherapy.

DAYS OFF -- 20 days of combined vacation, personal, and sick days are permitted under Doctors Hospital general residency guidelines each year.

SUPPORT FUND -- All residents have an annual support fund which can be used for travel or items of a medical nature including subscriptions, books and PDA devices.

COMMUNITY SERVICE -- In addition to the areas above, residents at the Doctors Hospital Family Practice Residency are actively engaged in a variety of community service projects including sports preparticipation physical examinations at area high schools, volunteer coverage at local high school sporting events, volunteering at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, the annual Doctors Hospital Adopt-a-Family program at the holidays, the American Heart Association's Heart Walk, and other worthy events.