Research Pathway

Research Medical Fellows

The Integrated Research Pathway is an American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) approved mechanism for pediatric residency training. The research pathway is designed for residents who have earned a MD (with substantial research experience) or MD/PhD degree and are committed to an academic research career.

  • Nationwide Children's Hospital, The Research Institute and the Department of Pediatrics for The Ohio State University jointly developed an Integrated Research Pathway in 2002.

  • The first resident accepted into this program received the Resident Research Award at the Pediatric Academic Society meetings in San Francisco.

  • The second resident accepted into this program received the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology's Trainee Research Award. This is the first time in the history of the award it has been given to a Pediatrics Resident and not a Pediatric Nephrology Fellow.

  • Residents completing the research pathway are eligible to be certified in general pediatrics following an additional 12 months of clinical training in an accredited subspecialty residency (fellowship) program.

  • The Department of Pediatrics is steadfastly committed to the future of pediatric health care, not only by training first-rate clinicians, but also top-notch physician scientists.

  • Participating residents receive 24 months of clinical training and 12 months of formal, mentored research training during three years of residency.

  • Mentorship is a central feature of the Integrated Research Pathway. A customized mentoring committee of seasoned Nationwide Children's Research Institute investigators is assembled for each resident accepted into the research track. A research mentor is then identified based on the applicant's experience and career interests.

  • Flexibility is the by-word in structuring the research experience, but it is anticipated that discrete blocks of focused research experience will be distributed in blocks of 3-5 months duration.

  • Additional program requirements are outlined in the ABP web pages.

Pathway Overview

These are exciting times for biomedical research at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Research Institute. Advances in genetics, molecular medicine and information technology have made unimaginable breakthroughs in the prevention, treatment and cure of pediatric diseases palpably real.

The Integrated Research Pathway at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University is designed to train top-notch pediatric physician-scientists to meet the exciting research challenges and opportunities ahead.

If you are interested in a career in research, we urge you to take a careful look at opportunities for research training at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Integrated Research Pathway is an ideal mechanism for residents with an MD/PhD or equivalent training to sustain research interest, skills, knowledge and productivity during core pediatric training, as described in a sample schedule. The Research Institute is ranked nationally in the top ten freestanding children's hospitals in dollars awarded from the National Institutes of Health.

Since 2004, we’ve significantly expanded our research facilities, providing 525,000 square feet of dedicated research space. A faculty of nationally renowned research scientists has been organized into Centers of Emphasis in a variety of areas, including Vaccines and Immunity, Gene Therapy, Cell and Vascular Biology, Injury Research and Policy, Molecular and Human Genetics, Childhood Cancer, and Developmental Pharmacology and Toxicology, Biobehavioral Health, Microbial Pathogenesis and Cardiovascular Medicine. The Centers of Emphasis are designed to foster synergy and focus resources to quickly move research ideas from the bench to the bedside. Many of our faculty scientists have extensive experience with mentoring students, subspecialty residents and postdoctoral fellows.

Application Process and Contact Information

Applicants interested in the Research Pathway should apply to the Nationwide Children’s/OSU Categorical Peds Program through ERAS.  You will receive an email letting you know the status of your application. When invited for an interview, please let Kathy Trace know of your Research Pathway interest and she will make note and confirm with the director that you qualify as a Research Pathway candidate.

If you have questions regarding the Integrated Research Pathway at Nationwide Children's Hospital, please contact Brian Becknell, MD, PhD at (614) 722-4414 or

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Kathy Trace at (614) 722-4414 or