Rapid growth in our specialty training reflects our growing role as a medical education leader

The rise of Cincinnati Children’s as a major center for pediatric research has been well-documented over the years.

In fewer than 12 years, sponsored research funding at Cincinnati Children’s more than tripled, from $50 million in 2000 to nearly $154 million in 2011. During that time, Cincinnati Children’s grew to become the nation’s second largest recipient of NIH funds for pediatric research, with nearly $113 million in funding received last year.

The medical center’s emerging role as a leader in training the next generation of pediatric specialists and sub-specialists is equally impressive.

The number of clinical fellowship programs at Cincinnati Children’s has exploded -- from 12 in 1980 to more than 90 programs now. The number of clinical fellows participating in those programs has leaped nearly six-fold, from 33 in 1980 to 217 this year.

“The residency program has long been the cornerstone of our physician training here. But as we have grown, the number of specialty and subspecialty fellowships has taken off. We now offer more fellowships than almost any other children’s hospital in the country, if not the world,” says Tom DeWitt, MD, FAAP, chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee and Designated Institution Official.

Supporting these programs, especially in tough economic times, reflects a deep organizational commitment to education.

“We want Cincinnati Children’s to be the destination of choice for child health professional training,” DeWitt says.

We have highlighted four fellowships that reflect the breadth of training opportunities available at Cincinnati Children’s: