Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is a two-year program with four fellowship positions each year. The fellowship trains child and adolescent psychiatrists to meet the needs of youth and families.

It is an exciting time in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University. In the past several years, we have tripled our psychiatric faculty and are expanding the depth and breadth of services we offer. The division includes more than 200 therapists and 80 psychologists, as well as specifically trained nursing staff.

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is a two-year program with four fellowship positions each year. Upon successful completion of the program, fellows will have met the training requirements for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

We are a traditional academic institution, as well as an organization that is committed to providing services directly to the community surrounding us. Drawing from our 37 nearby counties and neighboring states, with 20,000 outpatient psychiatry visits annually, a bustling emergency program with 5,000 visits a year, and a new 16-bed inpatient unit and 10-bed crisis unit, our fellows see a diverse set of patients and families.

The Division of Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is the largest of its kind at a pediatric institution in the United States. The Ohio State University is one of the oldest Child and Adolescent divisions in the country. With long-standing tradition combined with exciting growth, this is a program that trains child and adolescent psychiatrists to meet the needs of youth and families.

The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program has the ultimate goal of training well-rounded clinical psychiatrists. Graduates from our program are child and adolescent psychiatrists who:

  • Understand the nuances of practicing in a variety of clinical settings, from inpatient to community-based clinics;
  • Are prepared to provide treatment to a diverse population of stigmatized and underserved patients and their families;
  • Are competent to provide patient- and family-centered care in both the general and more specialized areas of child and adolescent psychiatry, including medically complex presentations at our children’s hospital;
  • Value evidenced-based practice and are exposed to the most up-to-date treatments in our field;
  • Utilize quality improvement measures and conduct research to improve patient outcomes;
  • Live healthy and balanced lives in order to provide the best patient care.

We have filled our positions for the incoming fellows starting July 2021, but look forward to hearing from future applicants in summer 2021 for the next fellowship year beginning July 2022.

What You Need to Know

Curriculum & Educational Experience

Fellows spend their time across a wide range of inpatient and outpatient rotations and experiences, as well as a scholarly project.

Fellows are also required to participate in several seminars, conferences and rounds during their time at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Application & Selection

We have filled our 2020 and 2021 classes at this time. Applications will next be accepted July 1 through October 1, 2021 and the fellowship will commence the following July. Our ACGME Program ID is 4053840185.

  • October 1, 2021 – Application deadline
  • August through November 2021 – Interviews
  • January 2022 – NRMP match
  • July 1, 2022 – Fellowship start date

Application Requirements

  • Medical student performance evaluation (formerly known as the dean's letter)
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Training Documentation Form completed by applicant’s current program director
  • Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s current program director
  • Two letters of recommendation from the applicant’s current training program
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement

To be considered for an interview you must have completed psychiatry residency in the United States at an ACGME approved program. We welcome applications from international medical graduates who have been certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). J1-Visas are considered, we do not support H1B Visas.


For more information regarding the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, please contact:

Anna Kerlek, MD
Program Director

Heather Hawkins, BS
Program Administrator

Shojuana Perry, BS
Program Coordinator
(614) 722-2255