Fellowship Benefits

Fellows training in graduate medical education and dental education programs sponsored by Nationwide Children’s are employees of the hospital and as such are eligible the same benefits that other full time staff receive – with the exception of paid time off which is outlined below.

See the Employees Benefits and Perks web page for more information about insurance, financial and retirement plans, education and scholarship and wellness programs. Contact Heather Younkin (614) 355-4117 with specific questions.

In addition, fellows currently employed by Nationwide Children's receive the following benefits:

Benefit

Description

Competitive Salary Nationwide Children's offers salaries competitive with other hospitals in the region, including The Ohio State University Medical Center. Fellows receive compensation based upon post-graduate year (see House staff Salary Scale). Fellows with international residency experience or other postgraduate training years should consult with the program director regarding salary.
Paid Time Off

Fellows do not accrue paid time off and short term disability. Paid time off is allotted as follows:

1 and 2 year programs:

  • 2 weeks vacation per academic year. A week is 5 weekdays + 2 weekend days.
  • 14 days/equivalent of 2 weeks of sick leave for duration of program.

3 to 5 year programs:

  • 3 weeks vacation per academic year. A week is 5 weekdays + 2 weekend days.
  • 21 days/equivalent of 3 weeks of sick leave for the duration of the program.

Holidays:
The hospital recognizes the following as paid holidays: Jan 1, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Dec. 25th. Fellows may be required to work some holidays, dependent on patient care responsibilities. No additional compensation (e.g. paid time off or time and a half) is provided to residents and fellows working holidays.

Short Term Disability Fellows employed by Nationwide Children's have same short term disability benefits available to other employees. If employed more than six months, fellows may be eligible to be paid 65% of base salary through the short term disability benefit program if taking approved leave for accident, sickness or pregnancy.
Funding for Relocation Incoming fellows who are relocating from greater than 50 miles outside Columbus, may receive some funding for moving expenses. Relocation expenses may be taxed (dependent upon state and federal laws).
Reimbursement for Boards Fellows taking initial specialty Boards required for subspecialty certification may be eligible for reimbursement of certification fee. Check with the program director or Nationwide Children's GME Office to verify eligibility.
Professional Conference Funding Fellows in good standing are encouraged to attend professional conferences. Programs receive funding annually for fellows to attend and present at conferences. Funds may be used toward conference fees, hotel, travel and meals. Final decisions on conference funds are made by the program director.
Statistician Support

Statisticians are available to Nationwide Children's fellows requiring assistance with preliminary research design/grant preparation, preliminary research analysis and statistical support of a research protocol. Fellows may seek funding for stats through intramural grant funds, PI funds and/or their division.

Faculty Appointment at The Ohio State University Fellows in pediatric medical subspecialties are eligible for non-salary Clinical Instructor – Housestaff faculty appointments at The Ohio State University.
Moonlighting Opportunities Moonlighting opportunities are available in some fellowships. Consult the Program Director for details.
Lab Coats, Lab Coat Cleaning Fellows receive lab coats during fellowship training.
Paid Fees Fees related to Ohio Medical Licensure (FCVS, BCII check, Ohio Training Certificate and renewal or Ohio Medical License and renewal) are covered by the program.
ACLS/PALS/ATLS Certification Fellows requiring ACLS, PALS, NRP and/or ATLS have certification and/or recertification paid by program.
Paid Memberships Memberships for some professional organizations (e.g. American Academy of Pediatrics) may be covered by the program. Check with the Program Director to receive a listing of memberships covered.
Food on Call Fellows taking five or more in house call assignments during a month receive “food on call money.” Meals and snacks at the Nationwide Children's cafeteria, food court, Subway, KoKo’s and coffee shop can be charged to the fellow’s food on call account using hospital ID.
Resident Center Pizza In addition to individual food on call money for fellows taking five or more in house call assignments during the month, the Resident Center caters in Papa John’s Pizza 3 nights a week at no charge to residents and fellows taking call.
Food Provided at Conferences Some conferences may have food provided. Consult with the Program Director to determine if food is provided for any conferences on a regular basis.

Benefits may change at the conclusion of an academic year. Applicants to Nationwide Children's fellowship programs should check with the program to confirm benefits available for the year in which they are applying.