General Pediatrics Residency

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Pediatric Residency

Preparing residents to become knowledgeable, caring and effective pediatricians is not just a goal. It's something we make happen each and every year at Nationwide Children's Hospital: home to the Pediatric Residency Program.

Our pediatric residency program (NRMP #1351320C0) is committed to providing the trainee with the comprehensive knowledge base and skills required of pediatricians. This commitment has helped us become one of America's finest health care facilities for children. Our unique mix of patient care opportunities and educational activities help prepare our residents to pursue any type of pediatric career they desire.

As one of the five largest pediatric hospitals in the nation, Nationwide Children's Hospital logs more than 700,000 patient visits every year from all 50 states and 22 nations worldwide. It has one of the country's largest pediatric ambulatory networks, and operates the second busiest Emergency Department in the country. It is also one of the nation's top ten freestanding children's hospitals in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.

The pediatric faculty members at Nationwide Children's Hospital are strongly committed to the education of our resident physicians. Faculty members are committed to resident education and a variety of academic pursuits. Residents also benefit from the large number of community pediatricians who are part of our faculty and play an integral role in our teaching mission.

Upon successful completion of the program, residents have met the training requirements for general pediatrics certification by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Download the Pediatric Residency Training Program Brochure

What You Need to Know

A Welcome From Dr. Catherine Krawczeski, Chair Department of Pediatrics Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Congratulations for selecting pediatrics as your career’s passion. There is no more exciting field in biomedicine today – and our children need us more than ever before.

Our beautiful, academic children’s hospital campus offers you a full range of training opportunities. At one end of the child health care spectrum, Nationwide Children’s is a national leader in innovative approaches to population, school and neighborhood health. At the other, we are bringing next generation genomics to the everyday practice of pediatric medicine and discovering life-saving therapies for single gene disorders such as spinal muscular atrophy and muscular dystrophy at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute.

The foundation of our residency training program is comprised of outstanding general pediatric experiences in our primary care clinics and general hospital services.  For subspecialty training, which 60% of our residents pursue, nationally renowned clinical and research programs are led by enthusiastic faculty teachers, clinical innovators and mentors committed to academic excellence. 

While our program is large, you will be nurtured by a culture of collegiality, listening, feedback, flexibility and fun – even as you are challenged to achieve your full potential. As one of the best residency training environments in the United States, your unique talents, energy and creativity will thrive at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Your metamorphosis as a result of training with us will be among the most gratifying experiences in your career. We are confident completing a residency at Nationwide Children’s will position you to be a child health care leader of tomorrow.

Finally, we celebrate diversity at Nationwide Children’s. As a core value, we commit to our residents feeling safe and supported in an environment that does not tolerate discrimination, harassment or mistreatment as we work and learn together.

We wish you the very best as you embark on an exciting career path in pediatrics.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical ProfessionalSincerely,

Catherine Krawczeski, MD
Ann I. Wolfe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Leadership
Chief of the Department of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Welcome to Nationwide Children's Hospital Pediatric Residency Program!

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency Program, our mission is to foster the personal and professional growth of the next generation of pediatrician leaders through excellent clinical training and cutting-edge research in a dynamic, collegial educational setting. We provide diverse clinical experiences, innovative educational opportunities, and the ability to learn alongside world-class trainees and faculty. We are here to help you develop your passion and prepare you to pursue any type of pediatric career you desire. From community advocacy through our Residents in Schools Initiative (RISI) to curriculum development through the Advanced Competency in Medical Education to revolutionary research at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute, the possibilities are endless.

We also pride ourselves in the support, camaraderie, and mentorship that complement our clinical training. Applicants often ask what part of the program I’m most proud of. The answer is easy – the people! We are more than colleagues, we are family. The sense of community is obvious, whether it’s celebrating a birthday, new baby, or just a spontaneous weeknight get-together. The people are the heart and soul of our program and it is truly a privilege to be part of such an amazing team.

Health equity, diversity, and inclusion are central to the mission of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and our residency program. This includes recruiting underrepresented physicians into our training program and cultivating an environment of support and inclusion. We are committed to promoting diversity in the pediatric workforce, locally and globally

We appreciate your interest in our program!

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical ProfessionalSincerely,

Rebecca Wallihan, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program

A Welcome from the 2022 - 2023 Chief Residents

Welcome to Nationwide Children’s Hospital! We are so excited that you are interested in our pediatric residency program. We hope to share our love of this program with you through the information on this website. Nationwide Children’s is a wonderful place to train to become an outstanding general pediatrician, and our goal is to help shape the next generation of pediatricians to care for children both inside and outside of the hospital through advocacy, research and education.

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Nationwide Children’s is one of the largest and most diverse pediatric residency programs in the country. Our residents come from all over America and the world, are members of the LGBTQA+ community and are a part of many different spiritual and religious practices. We strongly believe that a diverse residency program leads to better outcomes in pediatric care by creating physicians that are educated and experienced with various cultural practices.

As a resident at Nationwide Children’s, you will care for patients from local cities, surrounding regions of Ohio and from around the world. You will see, diagnose, and treat the bread-and-butter diagnoses as well as the zebras, which will develop your diagnostic acumen. With the second highest volume of pediatric emergency department visits in the country and a primary care network with 200,000 patient visits last year, our residents see both high acuity and learn how to remove barriers to healthcare utilization. 

Our goal is to create strong, enthusiastic, and well-rounded general pediatricians, no matter if their plans are to continue in primary care, fellowship, or elsewhere! Therefore, we have a strong emphasis on resident education. Our residents participate in, and often lead, interactive lectures with both residents and faculty. We offer unique learning opportunities through our advanced competencies in advocacy, global health, research, medical education, bioethics, clinical informatics, and osteopathy. Residents can further individualize their learning through specialized programs and tracks, including primary care, pediatric neurology, medical genetics, internal medicine-pediatrics, and categorical pediatrics.

Lastly, despite the size of our program, we are truly a family, and we feel that this is one of our strongest attributes. This is a busy residency program, and you will learn by experience. It is a great feeling to know that your co-residents will be by your side during this challenging but rewarding time and that you will grow together. Our residents often remark on how their closest friendships and relationships have been made while training at Nationwide Children’s, and as recent graduates, we agree!

Here at Nationwide Children’s, we value commitment to patients, their families, and our team as we seek out enthusiastic and well-rounded future pediatricians to join us! Wherever your journey takes you, we wish you the best and hope you consider Nationwide Children’s as the next step in your pediatric career.


2022 - 2023 Chief Residents


To foster the personal and professional growth of the next generation of diverse pediatrician leaders through superior clinical training and individualized academic development in a dynamic, collegial setting.


Achieving Success in Pediatrics through Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE)


Pediatric Residency Program values

Program Leadership

Rebecca Wallihan

Rebecca Wallihan, MD

Program Director

Rena Kasick

Rena Kasick, MD

Associate Program Director

Mary Kay Kuzma

Mary Kay Kuzma, MD

Associate Program Director

Alexander Rakowsky

Alexander Rakowsky, MD

Associate Program Director

Suzanne Reed

Suzanne Reed, MD

Associate Program Director

Claire Stewart

Claire Stewart, MD

Associate Program Director

Meet Our Faculty

Resident Education

The diversity and volume of our patient population gives you hands-on experience during each rotation. Our residents provide frontline patient care under the supervision of outstanding faculty. Residents write more than 90 percent of inpatient orders at Nationwide Children’s and are relied on for their leadership, commitment and solid professional judgment. Each resident has multiple elective months to pursue clinical, research or other interests.

From inpatient teams organized by specialty and special interest groups to workshops and research opportunities, our program offers residents a wide variety of educational experiences.

Learn more about the opportunities that make our residency program unique:

“As a new intern at NCH, I have been amazed by how supportive, approachable, kind, and intelligent my co-interns, senior residents, and faculty have been. The upper level residents are the kind of people and physicians I aspire to be. I look forward to going to work every day.”

April Consevage, MD

“The attending and fellow interactions are one of my favorite things about the program. I was nervous initially that the large size of our program would limit getting to learn directly, while also developing relationships with my supervising physicians. Intern year has taught me just how incorrect that worry was. Our teaching staff is here because they enjoy teaching and love interacting with residents. Attendings and fellows are always willing to not only teach but get to know you personally. Our culture as a residency, truly is a family mentality. When life happens, co-residents don't hesitate to help out where they can, whether it is covering a shift so you can attend a funeral or wedding or walking your dog because you had to stay late in clinic. Everyone has each other's back and really cares.”

Megan Barcroft, DO

“The best part of the residency program for me is that they treat me like a “human being.” Wellness is not just a buzzword, and our needs as doctors, learners, and people are taken seriously to constantly improve the residency program and give us the best experience possible. One of the coolest things about working at Nationwide Children's is that they take community outreach seriously. It is great to see a hospital that actively invests in the community (through things like the Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative) and shows us a successful model of public health interventions that can benefit our patients.”

Nimisha Bajaj, MD, PhD

Schedule Overview

Residency training at Nationwide Children's Hospital is fast-paced, high-tech and challenging. And yet, we are proud that our program still stays focused on the resident as a whole person, with social and psychological needs.

Your Wellness

Residency training at Nationwide Children's Hospital has many rewards. It’s fast-paced, high-tech and challenging. Our residents are trained by world class faculty to provide exceptional care to children from around the world with the support of nationally acclaimed clinical and research facilities.

We recognize that while rewarding, the demands of residency can be hard and there is potential for burnout. We are proud that while being committed to helping you learn and master the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective general pediatrician, our program also stays focused on the social and psychological needs of our trainees.

From team building activities and sports teams to mentoring programs and support groups, we offer a multitude of resources to support your personal health and wellness.

Learn more about wellness initiatives for Nationwide Children’s residents.

“I am so fortunate to train at a residency program that is not only supportive but responsive to the thoughts and opinions of its residents. Our Department Chair, PD, APDs, and Chiefs are continually asking for resident feedback in order to improve our training experiences as well as our overall wellness. And, I cannot say enough great things about my co-residents. The program leaders do a wonderful job of selecting residents with diverse backgrounds, skills, and personalities! This truly makes for a fun and collaborative work environment!”

Gabby Gonzales, MD

“Coming into a large, high-volume, program was honestly pretty intimidating. Once July hit, I realized that I had found a truly unique environment--one that challenges us every day to be better pediatricians while supporting us personally and professionally. While Dr. Wallihan and our Associate Program Directors are brilliant enough to present at national conferences, they're also easy to chat with over coffee--and would for any of us at the drop of a hat. Residency is hard for many reasons, but it has so far been one of the most rewarding of my life. I have this program, and my amazing co-residents, to thank for that.”

Charlie Treinen, MD

Diversity and Inclusion

Resident Diversity and Inclusion Coalition

Health equity, diversity and inclusion are central to the mission of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and our Pediatric Residency Program. We are committed to recruitment of diverse residents, education of current residents, and cultivation of an inclusive and supportive environment.

Learn More About the RDIC and Their Efforts ›

VIDEO: An Initiative to Increase Residency Program Diversity ›

Diverse Community Experience

Columbus is a diverse community and so are our patients. Columbus, the 14th largest city in the U.S. and Ohio’s capital city, boasts an increasingly diverse population that includes African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics and Somalians. Our Somalian community is the second largest in the United States and the number of Hispanics in the Columbus metropolitan area has doubled between the 1990 and 2000 U.S. Census.

Nationwide Children’s has made a commitment to shape our environment to acknowledge, understand and celebrate the diversity of our patients, families, visitors, staff and physicians. Nationwide Children’s acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of the community we serve. The hospital also is committed to provide a workplace where each person is respected and supported. A number of educational sessions for physicians and staff help everyone understand the varied patient population we serve.

Salary and Benefits

Nationwide Children's residency program values a resident's work life and personal time.

The following is a breakdown of resident salaries for 2022-2023:

  • PL-1: $61,317
  • PL-2: $63,209
  • PL-3: $64,945

Review benefits available to our residents, including relocation assistance, paid time off and sponsored events.

Application and Interview

Accredited U.S. or Canadian medical school graduates can submit their applications through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). The interview season is October 28, 2022 through January 11, 2023.

Review application requirements and interview details.

Residents, Graduates & Faculty

Nationwide Children's Hospital takes pride in the wonderful collegial relationships among its program directors, residents and graduates.

Additional Resources

“Coming from Philly, I did not know what to expect in terms of the city of Columbus. But I have been pleasantly surprised and absolutely LOVE this city. The restaurants, city parks, biking and running trails, countless festivals, art shows and so much more keep me constantly entertained and I am so happy I have gotten to live here for the past three years.”

Jaclyn Giafaglione, MD

“Columbus is the perfect Midwestern city. It is large enough to have any and all amenities you'd be looking for (diverse food options, college and professional sports, great airport) while also not feeling like the 14th largest city in the US.”

Zeke Hartman, MD

“I absolutely love the city of Columbus! There is so much to do here that you will never run out of new experiences or places to visit, there is something for everyone. I particularly enjoy hiking the many metro parks with my dogs. The Franklin Park Conservatory is another amazing place to enjoy nature, even in the winter. I love food and our foodie scene is also fantastic with so many unique restaurants to go to, I am still discovering new places to try! Lastly, if you love watching live sports there are tons to go see like the Buckeyes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Clippers, and The Columbus Crew.”

Jen Neumeyer, DO

Match Day 2023

We’ve wrapped up recruitment season and are excited to share the results of another successful match for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Residency Programs. This summer we will have 53 new residents joining us: 37 Pediatric, 1 Pediatric-Medical Genetics, 10 Internal Medicine-Pediatrics and 5 Child Neurology. We are highly impressed by the caliber of the new physicians who will begin training with us this July.

We look forward to welcoming them to the Nationwide Children's family and guiding them on the path to becoming the next generation of pediatrician leaders.

View Match Day Results View Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Results


Rebecca G. Wallihan, MD
Program Director

For more information regarding the residency program, please contact:

Justin King
Program Coordinator
(614) 722-6112