Medical Residents – Ohio State University Hospitals

Ohio State University Medical Residencies

If you're a resident at an Ohio State University medical center, you're already set up for a promising career. The Ohio State University College of Medicine attracts some of the brightest young talent, and any resident associated with one of its programs should be proud of their achievements.

Working at an Ohio State University institution, you're now affiliated with the Wexner Medical Center. The Wexner Medical Center, alongside the Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME), will oversee your progress and help you reach your full potential. This is an incredibly exciting stage in your career, and it's your time to shine.

However, as a member of the medical profession, you are now subject to rigorous, demanding, and sometimes complex rules and regulations. Every institution, whether you're working at the Ohio State University Hospital, the East Hospital, or another affiliated center, expects a lot from its residents. While this is your chance to set your career off to a promising start, you will face challenges along the way. These challenges can help you build the resilience you will need to thrive as a doctor, but only if they are managed correctly.

Disciplinary action, performance problems, and accusations of misconduct can, in the worst cases, damage your career, but the Lento Law Firm wants to help. Call us now at 888.535.3686 for advice from medical resident attorney-advisor Joseph Lento.

Medical Resident Policies at Ohio State University

By undertaking your residency at an Ohio State University Hospital, you agree to follow certain rules and policies set by the institution. These rules apply to all medical staff, including residents (known as “limited” medical staff). These policies regulate matters such as:

  • Drug screening: As a resident, you must agree to initial and routine drug screening.
  • Patient care: Residents must follow hospital guidelines on medical records, patient consent, and care pathways.
  • Education: A resident must take responsibility for their own learning to ensure they meet the performance standards required at their stage of study.
  • Grievance procedures: Every resident agrees to follow the bylaws on peer review, hearings and appeals, and corrective action.

There are also school policies on other matters you should be aware of, such as how to report accidents and other workplace incidents you may be concerned about.

Limited Staff Agreement

Whichever Ohio State University hospital you work at, every resident must sign a Limited Staff Agreement. The Agreement renews annually and sets out what's expected of staff during their residency. There are provisions governing, for example, moonlighting and vacation time, but most importantly, there are guidelines on:

  • Contract termination: In certain circumstances, residents may lose their place in the training program, which means they must apply to finish their training elsewhere.
  • Disciplinary action: Residents may face “adverse action” or disciplinary action for academic and non-academic policy violations.
  • Non-renewal and non-promotion: If a resident should fail to meet the required performance standards, the hospital can refuse to renew their contract or promote them to the next training year.
  • Performance evaluation: In exchange for a residency position, residents agree to a minimum of twice-yearly performance reviews.

The Ohio State University College of Medicine holds residents to high standards – one mistake can be enough to lead to disciplinary action. It's imperative that you deal with policy violations as quickly as possible to minimize the long-term consequences.

Consequences of Ohio State University Policy Violations

Policy violations may lead to serious professional, financial, and personal consequences for the affected resident. After studying for many years and given all the sacrifices you have made along the way, the significance of these consequences cannot be overstated.

If the Ohio State University College of Medicine accuses you of professional misconduct, and the decision falls against you, then you could lose your training place. Should you be dismissed from the program, you could lose everything you have worked so hard for.

Even if you retain your place at the hospital or medical center, there's a chance that you won't progress at the same rate as your peers, especially if you're facing medical knowledge or professionalism issues. Not only does non-promotion mean that it'll take longer to complete the program, but it also brings your reputation into question among colleagues.

Given how hard you've worked to get to where you are right now, any disciplinary action can devastate your career goals and your sense of personal satisfaction. You only have one shot at challenging medical residency issues – don't leave anything to chance. Contact medical residency attorney-advisor Joseph Lento at 888.535.3686 for advice on how to proceed.

Ohio State University – Medical Resident Protective Procedures

Although the Ohio State University College of Medicine can discipline you, they must also honor your right to due process. As per the Limited Staff Agreement, the school offers the following grievance pathways to residents.

  • Academic issues: Any academic matters, such as knowledge issues or failure to make satisfactory progress, should be handled in accordance with the Resident Due Process Policy. You can access this policy internally.
  • Non-academic issues: Residents should follow the guidelines on corrective action laid down in the hospital bylaws.

In all instances, residents have the right to