Thank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine residency program at St. Rita’s Medical Center. This program operates as a vital part of a regional trauma center as well as multiple regional specialty care centers, serving a surrounding ten county population of over one half million individuals. We provide state of the art, evidence-based care across our broad range of specialties and exposure to a diverse patient population, with nearly 200,000 patients cared for last year and 9,000 hospitalist service admissions. The Internal Medicine residency stresses a physiologic approach to care with emphasis on bedside diagnostic skills and team based care. You will be assisted by a highly proficient staff of nurses, clinical pharmacists, care managers and supportive therapies. Interaction across our multiple residencies will promote a “fellowship of learning” as well. This program is designed to allow any resident to pursue their desired career path, whether this may include predominantly outpatient or ambulatory care, hospital-based inpatient care or further fellowship training. All residents will be afforded the opportunity for leadership positions and will be exposed to our self-designed leadership curriculum. Opportunities to function as full members of hospital committees will also be afforded, providing valuable experience for future practice. Pursuit of research interests, and quality improvement projects is encouraged, with basic medical and statistical support available through our affiliations with Ohio Northern University. As program director, I maintain an “open door” policy and am always open to input from my resident staff to further improve our program. Although our program is rigorous in terms of learning opportunities, we appreciate the need for work-life balance and time for family as well as personal interests. This is designed into our curriculum and we encourage involvement in community activities as you may desire. It is my hope that many of our graduates may remain in or return to our facility to promote ongoing excellence of care in perpetuity for our community.

Eric S. Kirschner, MD

Program Director

Eric S. Kirschner, MD, Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at St. Rita's Medical Center 
Eric S. Kirschner, MD

Dr. Kirschner was a member of the charter class of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (now NEOMED). He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at The North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Bowman-Gray School of Medicine, and subsequent fellowship training at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He is ABIM certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. He has been active in medical education since fellowship completion in 1986, garnering multiple teaching awards. Dr Kirschner has served as Intensive Care Medical Director at St. Rita’s Medical Center since 2001, and has remained active in local, regional and national teaching programs in multiple areas of pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Associate Program Director

 Dr. Brian J. Taylor is the associate program director of internal medicine residency program at St. Rita's Medical Center.
Brian J. Taylor, DO

Dr. Taylor attended LECOM in Erie, Pennsylvania and completed his Internal Medicine Residency in Cleveland with University Hospitals.  He is AOBIM certified in Internal Medicine and is returning to medical education after serving as Director of the Hospitalist Program at St. Rita's for the past two years.  He is originally from Lima and, along with his wife Shana, is active in various community programs.


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