Where Diversity and Medicine Meet

Diversity and Inclusion | A Look Inside our Residency Program

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Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM)

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we strengthen our strategic plan with the best people and best programs to achieve the best outcomes. We are deeply committed to the intentional recruitment and retention of a diverse group of residents, fellows and faculty that reflects our patient population and community, with a focus on candidates who are Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM). We recognize and embrace the crucial role diverse staff play in addressing social determinants of health, quality, patient safety, genomic medicine, behavioral health and population health. They are the foundation of our vision of best outcomes in everything we do and in delivering the best health care for children.

Download Our Underrepresented in Medicine Brochure (PDF)
In this brochure, we share our enthusiasm and deep commitment to recruitment of a diverse group of residents, fellows and faculty. ›

Meet Some of Our Trainees


Ashish George, DO

"Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community has made me aware of the inequalities and discrimination that many of our patient and families face every day and the consequences that this can have on their health. Being a part of the LGBTQ+ community has also given me the strength to help advocate and fight for those who are facing these challenges, especially the most vulnerable, the kids."

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Erika Basil, DO

“The combination of the traditional residency program curriculum with experiences in primary care including inpatient, outpatient, surgery, PICU, NICU, adolescent and emergency medicine are definitely preparing me for my career as a primary care pediatrician!"

Dr. Robert Gomez

Roberta Gomez, MD

"There was a time when very few pediatric patients with sickle cell disease would survive into adulthood... I plan to use my internal medicine-pediatrics training to help adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease smoothly transition from their pediatric to adult hematologists."

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Claudia Mosquera, MD

"I come from a very big Venezuelan family and we are currently living all over the world! It is a challenge to communicate with them but that’s how I entertain myself between pages during night shift – catching up with them and filling my family in on the exciting work I am doing!"

Dr. Frank Robledo-Avila

Megan King, DO

"A resident’s life is a busy life. One thing I love about the program is our support staff. Everyone from residency leadership to the pharmacists to the resident assistants is incredibly helpful and friendly. They make our lives so much easier!"

Dr. Frank Robledo-Avila

Frank H Robledo-Avila, PhD

“I’m originally from Mexico City and since I was a child, I wanted to be a scientist. When I was finishing my PhD, I was looking for a postdoc in Innate Immunology. I knew Dr. Santiago Partida-Sanchez’s work and was fortunate to get a fellowship and join his lab. Here, I’m free to develop my ideas...”

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Stand Against Racism. Stand For Health Equality.

In the same way that Nationwide Children's cares for the “whole” child – physical health, behavioral health, social and economic wellbeing – we want to address racism and inequity holistically. This is an institution-wide, coordinated plan to address racism in its many aspects.