Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship

Fellowship Training in Child Abuse Pediatrics:

The Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine has long established its reputation in providing excellent training in general pediatrics, as well as many pediatric and pediatric surgical subspecialties. The Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship program was established in 2004 and is one of over 30 fellowship programs offered at Nationwide Children's. As the newest subspecialty approved by the American Board of Pediatrics, efforts to comply with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements have been designed to provide a learning experience that is consistent with this accreditation organization. In 2010, the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship at Nationwide Children's was among one of the first Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship programs to receive accreditation in the United States.

The goal of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship program is to train pediatricians to become medical experts who are knowledgeable and competent in all areas of child maltreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect (supervisory, medical and nutritional), psychological maltreatment and medical child abuse. It also focuses on the continuum of family violence and provides a learning environment to support exposure to other types of family violence besides child maltreatment. These goals are fundamentally based upon the six ACGME core competencies. The rotation-specific and fellowship level-specific goals and objectives of this program are consistent with the ACGME core competencies.

Opportunities are available for the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellow to acquire clinical skills and expertise in the following areas:

  • Child Assessment Center (a child advocacy center for the evaluation of sexual and physical abuse)
  • Fostering Connections Program (offers comprehensive healthcare to children and adolescents placed in out-of-home care)
  • Inpatient consultation service
  • Forensic pathology
  • Pediatric emergency medicine
  • Post-injury clinic
  • Genetic/metabolic clinic
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Ophthalmology
  • Radiology
  • Advocacy
  • Home visitation
  • Trauma-focused treatment program
  • Other elective options

Fellows learn the approach to court testimony through mock trial experiences, observation of faculty and direct experience, throughout the training. Interactive monthly journal club and weekly conferences offer consistent didactic learning. A scholarship oversight committee is established for each fellow and helps ensure success in his/her area of scholarly research.

For a downloadable version of the Child Abuse Pediatric Fellowship Program Overview, click here.

For additional information regarding the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship and Fellowship Training at Nationwide Children's Hospital, please visit: http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/child-abuse-fellowship.

Applications for the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program must be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Program (ERAS).

We require:

  • USMLE scores
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Personal statement

Once your completed application has been received and reviewed, you will be notified if you will be offered an opportunity to interview for a Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship position. Nationwide Children’s Hospital participates in the NRMP fall match process. Interviews will be conducted in the late summer/early fall for the fall match cycle.

Requirements for application:

  • Board-eligible or board-certified in general pediatrics through the American Board of Pediatrics. Information relative to board eligibility is available at the American Board of Pediatrics website (www.abp.org)
  • Non-resident applicants must hold an unrestricted J-1 Visa

If you have questions, please contact the program director:   

Megan M. Letson, MD, MEd
Program Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship
Nationwide Children's Hospital
The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 E. Livingston Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Megan.Letson@nationwidechildrens.org
Phone: 614-722-3279
Fax: 614-722-3196

The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-8200