Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship

The Nationwide Children's Hospital Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship is an AOTA-approved 53 week clinical fellowship that begins in July.

The Nationwide Children's Hospital Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship allows for fellows to complete clinical work at state-of-the-art occupational therapy facilities in the greater Columbus area.

Through occupational therapy, Nationwide Children's Hospital offers services to children with varying deficits or delays, which may include fine motor, sensory motor, self-care, cognitive and oral motor/feeding skills.

The goal of our program is to facilitate development, enhance function and maximize independence in all daily life activities.

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Fellows will participate in approximately 6 to 7 hours of weekly one-on-one mentored patient care with our fellowship program staff and 4 to 8 hours of weekly non-mentored learning opportunities, in addition to 30 hours a week of direct patient care. A portion of the fellowship program functions within the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (LEND) through The Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center. In addition, fellows assist with teaching courses in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program at The Ohio State University.

The fellowship staff includes practitioners who are AOTA Board Certified in Pediatrics and Specialty Certified in Feeding, Eating, Swallowing as well as master clinicians with expertise in a variety of areas including acute care, burns, hand therapy, constraint induced movement therapy, rehabilitation and sensory integration. Our fellowship staff also include faculty at The Ohio State University.

Unique educational opportunities include involvement in various multidisciplinary clinics, participating in clinical research, completing leadership projects and lecturing to other therapists and students as well as to the community.

The fellow will have online access to educational materials through The Ohio State University Library and can receive research assistance from our evidence based practice and research coordinators.

The fellow will be employed full time by Nationwide Children’s Hospital and will receive a benefits package including medical and retirement (403B) plans. The salary is very competitive compared to similar programs throughout the nation.

Application and Selection

Applications will be accepted from January 15 through February 28 each year with interviews beginning in March. There is no fee to apply.

Any questions in regards to the fellowship can be sent to Kelly Tanner, PhD, OTR/L, BCP at


Sara O’Rourke, MOT, OTR/L, BCP
Program Manager, Developmental OT

Kelly Tanner, PhD, OTR/L, BCP
Program Coordinator
(614) 722-8697

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Occupational Therapy
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205

Fellow Testimonials

“My completion of the AOTA-approved Pediatric Fellowship Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital was instrumental for my professional growth in the focused area of pediatrics. The fellowship clinical mentors and staff provided supportive mentorship in specialized areas of clinical practice, including outpatient, inpatient, and interdisciplinary clinics, to challenge my critical reasoning and performance skills. Additionally, my fellowship year challenged me to grow in my leadership development through engagement in research and teaching experiences with Nationwide Children’s unique collaboration with The Ohio State University. I cannot recommend this experience highly enough for its invaluable influence on my professional development in pursuit of future career goals.”

- Grace Sagester, OTD, OTR/L

“Participating in the Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital was without a shadow of doubt the best professional decision I have made thus far. The expert clinical mentorship in various areas of pediatric practice, research opportunities, didactic and service learning, assistant teaching experiences and inter- and multidisciplinary teamwork experiences catapulted my professional and personal development in a way I didn’t know was possible. The aforementioned qualities of the pediatric fellowship at Nationwide Children’s provided the foundation and well-rounded skill set that has set me up to follow my dreams within the profession of pediatric occupational therapy.”

- Maria Baldino, OTD, OTR/L, BCP