Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship

The Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship was established in 2002 to train physicians in the physiatric care of children.

The ACGME-accredited program (#9484) provides a broad experience in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of congenital and childhood-onset physical impairments. Understanding of related or secondary medical, physical, functional, psychosocial, cognitive, and vocational limitations or conditions, and of the life course of disability are also emphasized.

Eligible candidates should have completed either a four year ACGME-accredited Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency program or a five-year ACGME-accredited combined program in Pediatrics and PM&R. Eligible candidates should be board eligible or board certified in PM&R.

The program currently accepts one to two fellows per year. Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow has met the training requirements for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine certification by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

The Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is the pediatric branch of The Ohio State University Department of PM&R. The section is composed of six subspecialty certified faculty members. This section sees over 130 new inpatient visits per year.

What You Need to Know

Training and Experience

The PM&R Service sees over 130 inpatient admissions per year including children admitted for rehabilitation, intrathecal baclofen trials and intrathecal baclofen pump management. The team consists of the attending physician, fellow, junior resident, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, massage therapists, a school teacher, an early interventional specialist, psychologists, neuropsychologists, nurses, therapeutic recreation specialists, child life specialists and a rehab case manager. The average daily census is 7.7 patients. The fellow has the opportunity to manage ventilator patients and to perform Botulinum toxin injections and lumbar punctures for intrathecal baclofen injection.

Outpatient clinics are staffed by an attending physician at all times. Clinics for general PM&R, electrodiagnosis, post-concussive disorders, Botulinum toxin injection, cerebral palsy, wheelchair seating, myelomeningocele and inpatient rehabilitation follow-up run throughout the week. The fellow is encouraged to visit the Heinzerling clinic, a long-term care facility for children. Elective opportunities are available based on the fellow’s interests, and include time in muscular dystrophy and sports medicine clinics.

The consult service receives over 700 consults a year within the main campus of Nationwide Children’s. An attending physician staffs all consults with the fellow and/or resident.

Research Experiences

Fellows are expected to develop a research project and submit an abstract suitable for publication or for presentation at a national meeting.


Required conferences include Grand Rounds at The Ohio State University, monthly journal clubs, monthly case conferences, fellows’ didactic series and monthly rehab team meetings. Attendance at the core competency lecture series presented monthly by the GME office is also required. Optional conferences include Grand Rounds at Nationwide Children's Hospital, OSU PM&R resident didactic series and OSU journal club. The fellow will be expected to present Grand Rounds to the residents and faculty of the department of PM&R.

Call Schedules

Fellows are expected to take call averaging every fifth week during their fellowship. This consists of covering inpatient calls and parent calls. A resident is on first call for inpatient calls. Attending backup is always available. Fellows are provided with pagers.

Clinical Facilities

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation inpatient unit (H09B) is a 12-bed CARF accredited unit on the 9th floor of the state-of-the-art replacement hospital which opened in June 2012. The unit includes therapy gyms, private treatment rooms, an ice cream parlor for community re-entry, simulated cafeteria, food store, ATM, and greenhouse. A car for transfer training, school room, massage therapy room and consultation rooms are also present.

The outpatient clinic space has 10 exam rooms and a physician work room. Follow-up clinics include:

  • Brachial Plexus
  • Botulinum Toxin Injection
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Concussion
  • Electrodiagnostic
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Non-Accidental Traumatic Brain Injury (NATBI)
  • Seating and Equipment

Learn more about Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Nationwide Children's.

Faculty and Fellows

Fellowship Benefits

Benefits of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine fellowship include:

  • 15 vacation days per year
  • 10 sick days over the duration of the fellowship
  • Five interview days
  • Five conference days

To learn more about fellowship benefits at Nationwide Children’s, click here.

Application and Selection

Eligibility requirements for this two-year fellowship program include:

  • Completion of either a four-year residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or a five-year combined residency program in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Being board eligible or board-certified

One to two fellows are accepted annually. Selected candidates will be offered an onsite interview.

Applications for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship must be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Program (ERAS), which opens for participation July-September each year. The application should include three letters of recommendation (including one from your residency program director) and your curriculum vitae, also submitted through ERAS. When your completed application has been received and reviewed, you will be notified of the action taken and if you will be offered an opportunity to interview for a fellowship position. Interviews will be conducted September until mid-November.

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Lanelle Lines
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship, Program Coordinator
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-5051

Fellowship Applicants Note: Appointments can be made for one year only, subject to continuing advancement as opportunity and performance permit, but this institution is not obligated to extend any appointment beyond one year. Appointments are made for a specific service. No departmental chairman can guarantee an appointment on service outside of his/her own departments, but such interchange may be accompanied if and when it is mutually advantageous to all concerned. Please send credentials and direct correspondence to the chairman of the department to which you are making residency application.