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 (CFSH) 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, 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, and familiarity with forensic pathology. Fellows will receive training in teaching and research skills, and develop the necessary administrative skills for an academic career. Fellows have the 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.

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What You Need to Know


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.

Application & Selection

Applications for the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program must be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Program (ERAS).

We require:

  • USMLE Scores

  • 3 letters of recommendation

  • CV

  • Personal statement

Once your completed application has been received and reviewed, you will be notified if you will be offered an opportunity to interview for a Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship position. Nationwide Children’s Hospital participates in the NRMP fall match process. Interviews will be conducted in the late summer/early fall for the fall match cycle.

Requirements for Application:

  • Board-eligible or board-certified in general pediatrics through the American Board of Pediatrics. Information relative to board eligibility is available at the American Board of Pediatrics website.

  • Non-resident applicants must hold an unrestricted J-1 Visa.

  • If you have questions, please contact the program director:

Megan M. Letson, MD, MEd
Program Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 E. Livingston Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: 614-722-3279
Fax: 614-722-3196


For more information, please contact:

Director: Megan Letson, MD, MEd
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
Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 E. Livingston Ave.
Columbus, OH  43205