Endocrinology Fellowship

Endocrinology Fellowship

Nationwide Children's Hospital offers a three-year pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship.

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

What You Need to Know


The division sees a large number of patients in all areas of pediatric endocrinology and serves as the primary referral center for Central and Southeastern Ohio. An excellent support staff is available including pediatric nurse practitioners, physician’s assistant, endocrine nurses, certified diabetes educators, dietitians, and social workers. Camp Hamwi, the Central Ohio Diabetes Camp, provides opportunities for the fellows to work with children from ages 7 to 18.

The first year of the three-year program is primarily clinical with six four-week blocks on the inpatient service and four outpatient blocks in the faculty clinics (see sample rotation schedule).  One four week block in each half of the year is a research block. The first is used to get to know the various research opportunities available and the second to begin project development for the second and third year. There is also Clinical Laboratory Month to learn how endocrine assays are done and what can go wrong. All fellows have their own half day continuity clinic every week.

The second and third years are primarily research oriented so that the fellow can effectively pursue a primary project of their choosing with appropriate mentorship as chosen by the fellow and program director. Fellows participate in faculty subspecialty clinics one half day per week in addition to their continuity clinic.These include Bone, Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes, Cancer Followup, DSD and Prader Willi. Second and third year fellows will do two two-week inpatient consult rotations and the third year fellow will do a four-week inpatient rotation towards the end of the third year in preparation for future attending responsibilities. Second and third year fellows will also work with our well-recognized Pediatric Endocrinology Quality Improvement Program. Fellow Quality improvement projects have worked with clinical care in diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, adrenal stress replacement and diabetes clinic patient office flow.


Research opportunities are available in the Clinical Research Center of The Ohio State University and the Clinical Study Center of The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Research Institute also provides options for the fellows to work with a host of basic science investigators using state of the art molecular technology and a variety of animal models. 

Fellow research projects include:

  • Metabolic Syndrome in HIV adolescents
  • C4 Gene Copy Number in Type 1 Diabetes
  • Central Sleep Apnea in Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Racial Differences in Fat Reactivity in Adolescent Obesity
  • Racial Difference in Insulin Secretion in Adolescent PCOS
  • C4 Gene Copy Number in Somali Type 1 Diabetes
  • Vitamin D and Sickle Cell Disease
  • VEGF and ACTH Stimulation
  • Transition Readiness in Turner Syndrome

Fellows also have the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree in a variety of fields with tuition paid for by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Application & Selection

To meet the needs of our applicants, our pediatric endocrinology fellowship program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) for all applications.  This program is open to candidates in June and interviews are conducted from June through October each academic year.  Early submission of applications is encouraged as this allows the program and the candidate the opportunity to schedule the most mutually convenient time for an interview. All applicants must be board eligible or board certified in pediatrics through the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).  All International graduates must hold an unrestricted, J1 VISA.

Upon completion of the review of all applications by the Program Director and Recruitment Committee, qualified candidates will be invited to interview.  We encourage you to apply if you meet our eligibility criteria, and look forward to considering your application.

For questions or further information please contact:

Theresa Toft Thompson
Program Coordinator
Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio  43205-2696
(614) 722-4322


Robert P. Hoffman, MD
Program Director 
(614) 722-4425

Theresa Toft Thompson
Program Coordinator
(614) 722-4322

Fellows & Alumni