Program Director: Terrill Bravender, MD, MPH
Program Coordinator: Robin Egan
Phone: (614) 722-2458
The teen health clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital opened in 1958, and for over 50 years the Section of Adolescent Health has focused on meeting the health needs of adolescents in a developmentally appropriate, multi-disciplinary manner. Recently, the Section has undergone a rapid expansion in its mission, as evidenced by the program’s increased clinical work, expanded scope of care, and increased academic and teaching activities. Faculty in the division include six physicians who are board certified / eligible in Adolescent Medicine, and one pediatric and adolescent gynecologist. Over 10,000 patients per year are seen in the Adolescent Clinics, including teens and young adults seen for primary care, reproductive health consultation visits, eating disorders, substance abuse, chronic illness management, and other complex issues affecting adolescent health. Our dedicated patient-care staff also includes nurses, social workers, a psychologist, a clinical dietician, and administrative professionals.
The Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Training Program, funded by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in November, 2009, and our first fellow started in July 2010. The fellowship curriculum follows ACGME guidelines, with a predominantly clinical first year followed by more intensive training in research design and methods in subsequent years. Fellows have the opportunity to learn in the traditional outpatient setting in both suburban and urban locations, as well as providing medical care in the juvenile justice system, on the inpatient medical ward, and in the college student health setting. Throughout the fellowship, fellows receive training in primary care of the adolescent patient, medical gynecology, reproductive health, eating disorders, and substance abuse, as well as clinical research design and implementation. Research training and support is provided through the division and through the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Training leading to a master of public health degree from The Ohio State University is also an option. The length of the fellowship is 2-3 years, depending on prior training and the research/educational interests of the fellow. Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow has met the training requirements for Adolescent Medicine certification by the American Board of Pediatrics.
At the completion of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship, trainees will be prepared to care for adolescents in many settings and to be productive clinician-scientists.