Summer 2023

Fellowship Spotlight: Academic Pediatric Acute Care Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

By Luciana Berg MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) and the Division of Urgent Care Pediatrics is proud to offer a new Academic Pediatric Acute Care (APAC) Fellowship.  Our one-year program will afford fellows the opportunity to expand and refine their clinical pediatric acute care skills, while also developing the academic, business and leadership expertise to become the leaders of tomorrow in this young and evolving field.

The goal of the APAC Fellowship at NCH is to provide the highest quality learning experience in the field of academic pediatric acute care.  The fellowship is designed to be flexible enough to meet the professional goals of the individual, while also providing a rich clinical and academic experience.  Fellowship graduates will have knowledge and expertise of clinical medicine, business, education, and research/scholarly activities, allowing for a successful leadership career in academic or private practice acute care pediatrics.

Fellows will achieve the goals of the program by:

  1. Caring for patients directly in multiple acute care clinics in our large Urgent Care network
  2. Working alongside acute care pediatricians and pediatric emergency medicine physicians
  3. Supervising other trainees including medical students and pediatric residents
  4. Rotating through multiple pediatric subspecialty clinics
  5. Participating in Pediatric Urgent Care-specific Division Meetings, Educational Conferences, and Journal Clubs
  6. Completing a comprehensive curriculum with a strong focus on academic excellence, including Fellow’s College (a fellow-specific educational series designed by NCH), Pediatric Fellow Research Seminar series, manuscript and grant writing workshops, and quality improvement methodology training

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s is one of America’s largest not-for-profit free-standing pediatric health care systems. Forbes named Nationwide Children’s as one of “America’s Best Large Employers,” ranking in the top 10 among all hospitals in the United States and the No. 1 hospital in Ohio.

The Academic Pediatric Acute Care Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital will begin recruiting for the 2024-25 academic year very soon.

Please reach out to the fellowship director, Luciana Berg ( for more details.

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Editors: Traci Downs-Bouchard MD FAAP and Haroon Shaukat MD FAAP

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