The mission of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Academic General Pediatrics (AGP) fellowship program is to train general pediatricians who will be academic leaders of the future with the pediatric generalist approach. The generalist orientation within an academic institution includes “a focus on individual and population health, research translation to practice and policy, a broad view of health systems, and is critical for our nation to achieve Healthy People 2010 goals of improving the quality of health care and eliminating disparities in health” (Cheng and Szilagyi, 2007). The academic generalist plays a role in research, teaching, patient care, advocacy and administration within a pediatric department or academic institution.
Fellows will receive experience and mentoring in the following areas, with emphasis tailored to fellow’s specific areas of interest:
Teaching skills to become an excellent pediatric educator. This includes the opportunity to join the Ohio State University College of Medicine Faculty Teaching Scholars Certificate Program. This program prepares fellows and faculty to become leaders in medical education and educational scholarship through mentored projects, workshops in educational research, and scholarship. Multiple opportunities exist for formal and informal teaching at the medical school level (all years) and at the resident level.
Scholarly activity, which includes clinical, translational research as well as quality improvement science, and educational scholarship. Fellows will have the opportunity to receive a Masters of Public Health in Clinical and Translational Science from the Ohio State University College of Public Health.
Clinical care delivery in a community-based pediatric primary care practice serving the health needs of underserved communities.
The fellowship program is ‘housed’ administratively in the Section of Ambulatory Pediatrics which is the administrative home of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Primary Care Network (NCHPCN). The PCN is comprised of ten pediatric primary care centers in Columbus Ohio, serving children and adolescents from birth to age 21 and two mobile units which deliver outreach care in both urban Columbus Ohio, and rural Appalachian Ohio. There are over 65,000 unique patients in the network, with greater than 161,000 visits per year. Patients in the PCN come from multiple racial and ethnic groups (African American, Caucasian, Somalian, Hispanic, rural) The entire PCN uses EPIC as the electronic medical record. Patient information can be extracted from the EPIC system when appropriate for quality improvement and patient oriented research.
Graduates of this fellowship will assume academic leadership positions in the health care of pediatric underserved populations, with their primary focus education of health professionals and research in areas that will improve the overall health of these populations of children.