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Department of Internal Medicine

Residency Programs


                   Our Med-Peds Leadership Team

Benjamin Kinnear, MD, MEd          Jennifer O'Toole, MD, MEd         Leslie Applegate, MD      


Directors' Welcome

Thank you so much for visiting our website! We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. We are so fortunate to be able to showcase our wonderful program, our amazing residents, and our dedicated, experienced faculty!

The mission of our program, which has been in existence for 30 years, is to support the development of competent, well-rounded physicians who are committed to serving others and ready to take on any career path in their future. 

Our program's mission is supported by the following aims and we strive to reach them in all of our curricular and programming initiatives.

  1. Ensure our residents master the provision of high-quality, evidence-based care for their patients.
  2. Prepare our residents for a variety of career paths, including primary care, hospital medicine, subspecialties, caring for underserved populations, research, QI, and medical education.
  3. Foster a strong Med-Peds identity and sense of community in Cincinnati, including opportunities to pursue careers locally.
  4. Develop physicians that are competent, resilient, and promote their own personal wellbeing in an learning environment that is structured to supported wellness. 
  5. Cultivate a community of physicians that is focused on serving others and the community. Maintain this as a major focus in our recruitment efforts and the care our residents provide.
  6. Foster and celebrate diversity in our residency program, faculty members, and educational community.
  7. Provide our residents with opportunities to have autonomy and leadership in the clinical environment, as well as experiences in patient-centeredness, team-based care, and systems-based practice.


Some additional highlights of our program that we believe provides a world-class, cutting-edge training programs for our residents include:

  • Outstanding categorical programs – Our residents are fortunate to participate in the innovative educational experiences offered by our core pediatric and internal medicine residency training programs. In addition to well-appointed clinical services that provide an optimal balance of patient care exposure, supervision, rigor and teaching, our residents are also able to receive hands-on experience in quality improvement, state-of-the-art simulation experiences, and patient/family centered care.
  • Our Med-Peds Clinic – We like to call our Med-Peds clinic the “crown jewel” of our residency training program! Our combined resident-faculty Med-Peds clinic inspires residents from day one to “become” the doctor for their panel of patients. Residents and faculty practice side-by-side which allows for optimal mentorship as our residents gain skills to become excellent primary care physicians.
  • Acute Care and Primary Care Tracks – Since residency training has advanced over the past 20 years, and career options have become endless following residency, we recognize a need to individualize the training experience for each resident. In 2017, we launched our acute care and primary care tracks to help provide a more individualized mentorship and clinical experience for residents interested in careers as hospitalists or hospital-based subspecialties (via the acute care track), or as primary care physicians (via the primary care track).
  • Exposure to a Full Spectrum of illnesses and patients – Our residents are fortunate that they are able to practice in two quaternary-care hospitals where they get to see patients with rare diseases and work alongside the subspecialists that care for them. However, they also get an immense amount of exposure to “bread-and-butter” pediatrics and internal medicine via general inpatient services and ambulatory experiences. As a result, at the conclusion of their residency our residents are competent and confident to care for any patient or diagnosis that may come their way in their future career!
  • Strong Support Network -We believe that building a strong social support network for our residents allows them to thrive during their time as a resident. We have built a supportive and family-like atmosphere through initiatives such as allowing our residents to rotate through pediatrics and internal medicine together, social activities for residents and faculty that are open to family members, a mentor-advisor program between residents and Med-Peds faculty, an open-door policy for feedback and improvement, and the presence of a fifth-year Med-Peds Chief resident with the sole function of supporting our residents.



We hope you enjoy learning more about our program on our website. Our residents are our best asset and we are dedicated to making their residency training experience the best possible!

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me at or 513-584-0397.



Jennifer K. O'Toole, MD, MEd, SFHM - Program Director

Benjamin Kinnear, MD, MEd – Associate Program Director for Evaluation, Scholarship, & Quality Improvement

Leslie Applegate, MD – Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education and Wellness

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More Information

For more information on the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, please contact us at:

Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program
UC Department of Internal Medicine
231 Albert Sabin Way
Mail Location 0535
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0535

Phone: 513-584-0397
Fax: 513-584-0369

Program Director:
Jennifer K. O’Toole, MD, MEd, SFHM
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

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