The section of Family Practice at Nationwide Children's Hospital is primarily composed of family physicians practicing in central Ohio who refer patients to Nationwide Children's for testing and specialty care. Many of these physicians receive training in caring for children at Nationwide Children's, which is very active in teaching Family Practice residents from several local hospitals including The Ohio State University Medical Center. They also participate in continuing medical education (CME) programs sponsored by Nationwide Children's.
The principal clinical activity of the Section of Family Practice continues to be the Sports Medicine Division where section member Thomas L. Pommering, DO serves as Medical Director. This division now offers an approved fellowship training program along with its extensive clinical activities.
Our staff of doctors, athletic trainers and physical therapists are trained to provide age-appropriate care for our patients. We emphasize the importance of early injury recognition and treatment in order to prevent recurring injuries. In addition to treatment, we partner with parents and coaches to focus on injury prevention, conditioning and age-appropriate activities.
The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program goals have been created to prepare a fellow in becoming a sub-specialist who will have the appropriate knowledge and experience in clinical, teaching, research and/or other scholarly activities. The program will also provide the fellow with the opportunity to have a successful career in academic or private practice in addition to satisfying the requirements for certification in the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Primary Care Sports Medicine.