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Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Welcome to the Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) Fellowship at Akron Children’s. We are excited that you have chosen to explore our program. Our fellowship program was established in 2014 and has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We provide a comprehensive 2-year fellowship program and accept one fellow annually allowing for a highly personalized and individualized training experience. Our division boasts a team of more than 30 hospitalists and 14 advanced care providers (APP’s) with diverse clinical and academic interests.

Our fellowship program provides a gateway to unlimited opportunities. We offer a blend of tertiary care experience and community experience throughout our fellowship and are looking for candidates who are committed to honing their academic and clinical skills, while also having the passion to teach, lead, and innovate.

Fellowship Training Sites:

The core training in hospital medicine takes place at Akron Children's Main Campus, the largest pediatric healthcare provider in Northeast Ohio, boasting a 299-bed flagship hospital. This training occurs on the four inpatient general pediatric teaching services. Each team comprises senior residents, interns, and medical students. In addition to the medical personnel, the teams have access to ancillary staff such as resident assistants, case managers, social workers, dietitians, therapists, and child life specialists. This experience provides an excellent opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience and work alongside a talented team of professionals in a dynamic and supportive environment.

Our fellows benefit from an extensive sedation training program conducted at our state-of-the-art Infusion and Sedation Center, located at our Main campus. This Center is fully equipped with advanced technology and is staffed daily by three teams, led by our hospitalists. Our sedation services cover a wide range of procedures, including MRI and nuclear medicine studies, Botox injections, nerve blocks, lumbar punctures, biopsies, interventional radiology procedures, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, and dental procedures. Learn more about our Infusion and Sedation Center.

Our community site training occurs at Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley Campus, also known as Beeghly campus. Located approximately 55 miles away, this location is staffed 24/7 by our hospitalists and APP’s.

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About the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

The mission of Akron Children's's Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) fellowship program is:

  • To train physicians to be sub-specialists who are experts in providing high quality, patient-centered, evidence and value-based care to hospitalized children in every setting
  • To train physicians to be the future leaders of pediatric hospital medicine so they can drive, collaborate, and innovate the field 

We plan to do this by providing high-quality advanced inpatient training in diverse settings, keeping abreast of the new knowledge within the field of pediatric hospital medicine, and by integrating meaningful scholarship in quality improvement, clinical research, and medical education. Our training equips the fellows to become qualified pediatric hospitalists who can function independently in any clinical setting (community or academic settings), with a wide range of patient populations (newborns, acute illness to chronic complex patients). In addition, we hope to instill the values in our fellows that we hold as a division – teamwork, lifelong learning, and personal development.

Our sedation program, managed by Hospital Medicine, is one of 11 programs nationally designated as a Center of Excellence by the Society of Pediatric Sedation. With more than 2,500 procedural sedation cases, we're one of the largest hospitalist-led sedation programs in the country.




The faculty members of our division have attained notable distinctions across a range of fields and are vested with leadership roles in several domains, including quality improvement, patient safety, medical education, sedation, global health, medical operations and hospital administration.

Meet the Pediatric Hospital Medicine faculty.

The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program at Akron Children’s hospital participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) within the Medicine and Pediatric Specialties Match. Applicants must submit their application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

After applications are received, our fellowship recruitment committee will review applications and send out invitations for interviews. Interviews will be conducted in the Fall. Important NRMP dates, including the Rank Order List Certification deadline and Match Day can be found at the NRMP website.

Contact information:

Prabi Rajbhandari, MD
Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Director
Akron Children's
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308

Jamie Prock
Fellowship coordinator
Akron Children's
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308

The pediatric hospital medicine fellowship at Akron Children's is aligned with the ACGME requirements. The fellowship program is committed to ensuring that trainees develop proficiency in the PHM Core Competencies, which have been developed by the PHM sub-board and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). This is achieved through diverse clinical experiences across various settings, allowing fellows to gain valuable hands-on experience and exposure to a wide range of cases. All rotations are structured to permit independent medical decision-making with graduated autonomy.

Core rotations

Our core rotations are evenly split over two years, with 16 weeks of core rotation each year. Core rotations include inpatient medicine, sedation, delivery and nursery, community rotation, complex care and co-management service, palliative care, and the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).

Individualized curriculum

The fellowship program provides each fellow with an individualized curriculum, evenly distributed over a two-year period and spanning 32 weeks. We design the curriculum to align with the fellow's career plans, ensuring that it is tailored to their specific needs and goals.

Clinical :

  1. additional time in the inpatient unit, community rotation, sedation, delivery and nursery , palliative care, co-management service, complex care service
  2.  infectious disease, global health, pharmacology-toxicology, child abuse, psychiatry, pediatric surgery, emergency medicine, delivery services, nephrology, neurology, inpatient adolescent medicine


  1. Business administration
  2. Leadership
  3. Research/ Quality Improvement (QI) – Additional research/QI dedicated time over 16 weeks for robust ongoing project work. Requires program director and research mentor approval

Scholarly Activity

Our fellows choose from a variety of non-clinical opportunities such as medical education, global health, clinical research, quality improvement, and patient safety. During their non-clinical time, fellows work on a mentored project aimed at national presentation or peer-reviewed publication. For fellows with an interest in research, Akron Children's Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute provides resources and expertise for study design, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation. Fellows may pursue scholarly activities in clinical or translational research, quality improvement, medical education, health services delivery, and improvement science. The scholarly activity must be at or near completion during the fellow’s final year of training. The fellow may also choose to participate in more than one project that meets the guidelines for the scholarly activity.  In addition, our program encourages fellows to attend one or two regional and national conferences each year to enhance their professional development and stay up to date with the latest developments in the field.

*Fellowship Stipends 2024-25

PL-4 – $71,443

PL-5 – $72,871

PL-6 -- $74,329

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Stipends

PL-1 – $63,384

PL-2 – $64,652

Optometry Fellowship Stipend

PL-1 - $63,384


House officers are granted 3 weeks of vacation or 15 customary working days.

Conference Time

Fellows are entitled to 5 days of conference time each year for medical conventions and courses outside the hospital.

Educational Allowance

Fellows are provided $1,500 annually for use toward medical-related journals or books, conferences, and license renewals.


*This information may differ by fellowship. Please check with the director for specifics.

Research and Scholarship Travel

We encourage and support investigator-initiated research by subspecialty fellows. Therefore, we support research-related travel when the fellow is in good academic and professional standing, and when prior written approval of the program director is documented. All hospital policies relating to travel must be followed.

Professional Liability

Professional liability insurance is provided by the hospital.

Health Benefits

Fellows and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the hospital’s health, dental, and vision insurance programs. Costs are shared between the fellow and the hospital. Benefits are available immediately.

Retirement Benefits

Fellows may participate in the Hospital’s 403(b) Plan from their date of hire. Match dollars are not available to fellows.

Medical License & DEA

Fellows are required to obtain an Ohio State Medical License and DEA certificate prior to beginning training.


A key access card for convenient parking is provided at no charge.

Lab Coats

One embroidered lab coat is provided if desired.


Fellows are given $60 every week for use in the hospital cafeteria.

Relocation expenses

The hospital provides reimbursement for initial relocation expenses, up to $1,000, subject to current tax laws.

Smoke, Electronic Cigarette and Tobacco-Free Campus

Akron Children’s is a tobacco-free healthcare system. Prospective employees who test positive for nicotine will have their offer of employment rescinded and will not be permitted to start work.

Intelligence for Quality Improvement (IQI): Fellows have the opportunity to participate in a six-month longitudinal capstone quality improvement course hosted by our Department of Quality and Patient Safety. The course provides fellows with the opportunity to choose a topic of personal interest, while receiving expert guidance from a dedicated project mentor and a QI coach. Fellows can master the QI process as it pertains to their chosen subject matter.

Teaching Track (FAME program) : Fellows with an interest in education can choose to join our FAME teaching track. This is a yearlong longitudinal development program that provides programming to improve fellows’ skills as educators and stimulate and support the creation and implementation of innovative approaches to curriculum design, student learning and assessment, curriculum evaluation, and outcome research. Competitive funding is available through Graduate Medical Education if interests are identified early.

Global health: Fellows with interest in Global Health can join a graduate certificate-level program. The certificate features a highly flexible learning plan with online didactic learning, workshops and full immersion experiences in a resource-limited environment in which students will experience medical care constrained by poverty, lack of resources and understand the impact of economic, social, environmental and cultural barriers. A master’s degree in global health is available at an additional cost.

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