Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship

Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship

The Ohio State University College of Medicine, in conjunction with The Center for Family Safety and Healing (TCFSH) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, provides a three-year fellowship program in child abuse pediatrics.

The fellowship program, established in 2004, provides training to physicians who are interested in an academic career in Child Abuse Pediatrics. Clinical training includes evaluation and management of all areas of child maltreatment including a medical home to children placed in out-of-home care, and evidence-based treatment within the on-site trauma-focused treatment programs. Skills in understanding the dynamics of family violence, as well as an introduction to child advocacy efforts are other facets of the program.

The fellowship training experience includes:

  • Exposure to various child protection systems and mental health assessments
  • Skill development in court testimony to facilitate prosecution of child maltreatment
  • Participation in a multi-disciplinary inpatient consult review team and the county child fatality review team
  • Familiarity with forensic pathology
  • Receive training in teaching and research skills and develop the necessary administrative skills for an academic career
  • Opportunity to pursue formal coursework in research methodology or public health at The Ohio State University

Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow has met the training requirements for Child Abuse certification by the American Board of Pediatrics.

The Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship is an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited program.

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What You Need to Know


The mission of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program is to train fellows to become leaders in the subspecialty of Child Abuse Pediatrics.

The aims of our program are:

  1. To prepare fellows to be excellent clinicians who provide comprehensive, evidence-based medical evaluations for children suspected to be victims of child maltreatment.
  2. To train fellows who will advance the field by participating in research, quality improvement, and educational efforts.
  3. To educate fellows in navigating the complex multidisciplinary response to child maltreatment, including participating in and collaborating with multidisciplinary teams investigating and managing child maltreatment cases and providing responsible and ethical expert witness testimony.
  4. To provide an opportunity for fellows to advocate for child maltreatment victims through administrative and legislative venues.

Training and Experience

Clinical experience in the Child Assessment Center (a child advocacy center for the evaluation of sexual and physical abuse), the Fostering Connections Program (a medical home offering initial assessment and ongoing primary care to children 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 and a host of other elective options are available for the fellow to acquire the clinical skills and expertise in child abuse pediatrics.

Fellows learn the approach to court testimony through mock trial experiences, direct observation of faculty, and direct experience, throughout the training. An active bi-weekly literature review and core conference schedules offer consistent didactic learning and a scholarship oversight committee is established for each fellow to ensure success in his/her scholarly research.

Faculty and Fellows

Application & Selection

The Child Abuse fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a three-year fellowship program seeking physicians who will have completed three years of training in an ACGME-approved pediatric residency program and who will be eligible to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics certifying examination.

Our fellowship program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) universal application process and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Only applications submitted through ERAS will be accepted; hard copy applications submitted via mail, fax or electronic mail will NOT be accepted. 

The following information should be uploaded into the ERAS program:

  1. Completed online application
  2. Current photograph
  3. Personal statement
  4. At least three letters of recommendation, including at least one from the Program Director.
  5. MSPE (Medical School Performance Evaluation)
  6. Medical school transcript
  7. Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE, taken within the seven-year time frame as required by the Commonwealth of Ohio, or equivalent scores
  8. If a graduate of a medical school outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, a valid ECFMG certificate or one that does not expire prior to the start of the fellowship.
  9. International Graduates: In accordance with Nationwide Children’s policy, foreign medical graduates on a visa should have a J1 VISA, which will require approval from the Designated Institutional Official and the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship program director.

Correspondence relating to application materials, inquiries regarding interview season and scheduling of interviews is coordinated through the Division of Child and Family Advocacy office and should be directed to:

Robin Dalrymple
Child Abuse Pediatric Fellowship Coordinator
Division of Child and Family Advocacy
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
(614) 722-3279


For more information, please contact:

Megan Letson, MD, MEd
Program Director
Phone: (614) 722-3279
Fax: (614) 722-3196

Fellowship Program in Child Abuse Pediatrics
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 E. Livingston Ave.
Columbus, OH  43205