Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship

Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship

The mission of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Academic General Pediatrics (AGP) fellowship program is to train general pediatricians to be academic leaders in the transformation of health care delivery to improve individual and population health.

Domains of focus include health services and health policy research, evaluation of health disparities and quality improvement research.

Learn more about this fellowship program below.

What You Need To Know

Educational Opportunities

  • Advanced Training: Funding for master’s degree training is available for qualified fellows. Master’s level training is available in clinical and translational research, public health, informatics and other health-related fields at The Ohio State University.
  • Fellow’s College: This is a fellow-specific educational series provided by Nationwide Children's. The college consists of three pillars: core curriculum, professional development and scholarship. Learn More ›
  • Skill Development: Lectures, seminars and workshops related to research and other academic skills and leadership development are required for fellows. Some are specific to the Division of Primary Care and some to all Nationwide Children's fellows.
  • Pediatric Primary Care Research Affinity Group (PPC-RAG): Fellows will participate in the PPC-RAG which is a consortium of researchers and clinicians at Nationwide Children's and The Ohio State University. The mission of the PPC-RAG is to improve child health and family outcomes by facilitating high-quality research in primary care settings and advancing innovation, by building strong and collaborative relationships among stakeholdersLearn More ›
  • Research in Progress: This is a monthly session for the Division of Primary Care for faculty and fellows to share their research, from formative stages to preparing for presentations.
  • Workshops: Manuscript and grant writing workshops are available multiple times throughout the academic year.
  • Quality Improvement Essentials: Training in advanced quality improvement methods is available and required for all Nationwide Children's fellows.
  • Career Development: Attendance at national conferences focusing on skills and professional development for a career in academic general pediatrics.

Pediatric Fellow Research Seminar Series

This monthly series, both in person and via Web-Ex, covers a host of research topics throughout the year, in the domains of research methodology/study design and career development, meeting requirements American Board of Pediatrics Core Knowledge in Scholarly Activity. Seminars from previous years have been archived and are available on demand.

Download 2023-2024 Series Schedule

Clinical Research

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Primary Care Research Network (PCRN) is a consortium of pediatric primary care practices focused on improving child health and family outcomes through high-quality research in primary care settings on common conditions and services in those settings. Our long-term goal is to improve the health of children seen in primary care settings. All projects are transdisciplinary and include representatives from the primary care practices with patient and family engagement.

The Primary Care Network is comprised of 14 practices in Nationwide Children’s Division of Primary Care, >125,000 children and adolescents with >90% enrolled in Medicaid and members of Partners for Kids.

Population Management

Health Neighborhoods Health Families (HNHF)

  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital recognizes that neighborhood, safety, educational opportunities and health care accessibility all affect health and well-being.
  • HNHF was initiated over ten years ago through recognition that all these factors affect communities' overall health.
  • This initiative is composed of faith-based organizations, community development organizations, youth-serving non-profits and local public schools.
  • It seeks to create positive health outcomes in the community.
  • HNHF targets five impact areas: Education, Workforce Development, Safe and Accessible Neighborhoods, Affordable Housing, and Health and Wellness.
  • HNHF provides opportunities for Academic General Pediatric fellows to explore the impact of this innovative community programming on child health.

Partners for Kids: (PFK)

  • Nationwide Children’s is a major thought leader regarding pediatric accountable care organizations.
  • Partners For Kids (PFK) is one of the largest pediatric accountable care organizations in the country (333,000 children, 34 counties in Ohio)
  • PFK allows Nationwide Children’s Hospital and more than 1,000 health care providers to provide high quality care to patients covered by Medicaid at a lower cost for the hospital.
  • PFK provides high value, high quality care through physician incentives, care coordination, and illness prevention.
  • PFK provides opportunities for Academic General Pediatric fellows to learn about accountable care organizations and to study the impact of population management on child health outcomes.


  • Clinical Research: Fellows will complete at least one major hypothesis-driven scholarly project.
  • Quality-Improvement Project: Fellows will participate in the implementation and evaluation of at least one quality-improvement project.
  • Educational Excellence: Fellows may elect to teach medical students or residents and participate in curriculum development and evaluation.
  • Clinical Care: Fellows provide care in a community-based primary care practice serving under-served communities for, on average, three sessions per week.

Clinical Setting

The fellowship program is within the Division of Primary Care Pediatrics, which is the administrative home of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Primary Care Network (PCN). The PCN is comprised of pediatric primary care centers across Columbus, Ohio and two mobile units that deliver outreach care in Columbus and across rural Appalachian Ohio. The Division includes more than 75 faculty members committed to providing care for under-served populations, educating medical students and pediatric residents and advocating for families and children. There are over 65,000 patients in the network, with more than 200,000 visits per year. Patients come from both rural and urban communities and a wide range of racial and ethnic groups.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Nationwide Children's and the Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship view diversity as the uniqueness each of us contributes to achieving our shared mission and goals. We recognize and value different perspectives, characteristics, experiences and attributes of each individual in creating an environment where we thrive on and benefit from our differences.

Download Our Diversity Brochure

Faculty Expertise

Alex Kemper MD, MPH, MS

  • Cost-effectiveness of primary care services
  • Assessment of benefits and harms of preventive services

Judith Groner, MD

  • Pediatric tobacco issues (secondhand smoke exposure, electronic cigarettes, related health disparities)

Laura Hart, MD, MPH 

  • Transition to adult health care, particularly for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities”

Alexander Rakowsky, MD

  • Medical education research especially focusing on teaching residents
  • Research regarding literacy development in toddlers and younger children, with specific interest in working with non-English speaking immigrant families

Sarah Denny, MD

  • Injury prevention in the primary care setting
  • Resident advocacy education

Leah Utset, MD

  • Primary Care Research Network (Medical Director)
  • Sleep disorders and sleep hygiene in children and a dolescents
  • Social Medial use for parenting information

Application & Selection

Fellowship candidates will be expected to graduate or have graduated from an ACGME accredited Pediatrics or Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program and to be pediatric board eligible or certified.

The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Fall match.

Download the Common Application Here

For instructions on how to apply, please review this link on the Academic Pediatric Association’s website.

  • Register with the Pediatric Fall Specialties NRMP Match
  • Complete the APA Common Fellowship Application form
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    • You will need three letters of recommendation
    • If you are a current resident, one letter must be from your current program director
    • Make sure each individual receives a confidential reference report. A report must be submitted alongside each letter of recommendation.
    • Letter writers should submit their letters of recommendation along with a confidential reference report via email directly to the fellowship program director.

Applicants must email the below application materials directly to each fellowship program:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Personal statement

Salary & Benefits

Fellows training in graduate medical education and dental education programs sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital are employees of the hospital and as such are eligible the same benefits that other full time staff receive – with the exception of paid time off.

Learn More About Salary & Benefits


For more information, please contact:

Judith Groner, MD
Program Director

Allison Smith
Program Coordinator
(614) 722-6794

Quality and Safety Leadership Fellowship

The two-year clinical fellowship in Quality and Safety Leadership can be pursued concomitantly with other clinical fellowships at Nationwide Children’s.

For example, trainees in a three-year clinical fellowship program can participate in the Quality and Safety Leadership fellowship during the second and third years of their clinical fellowship. (Fellows may stay one year beyond their clinical training if they start the quality fellowship during their final clinical fellowship year.)

Fellows will graduate with a Master of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE) from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

Please direct specific questions to the Quality and Safety Leadership program coordinator, Rhonda Colborn. Or if you have questions on how it relates to your clinical fellowship, contact your fellowship program coordinator.

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