The Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program is
organized around the following core activities:
- Clinical rotations
- Scholarship and academic activities
- Pedagogy and teaching
- Board preparation
- The 36-month fellowship promotes graduated responsibility and
career development over time.
- First year fellows spend the majority of their time in the
developmental pediatric setting, with 6 months in the outpatient clinic
and 2 months on the inpatient consultative service. First years
fellows are also required to participate in the following
rotations: pediatric neurology (1 month), pediatric genetics (1
month), and child psychiatry (1 day/week over 6 months). Fellows
Research time is generally spread out over the first year accounting
for 10-20% of time (1-2 months).
- During the second and third years, fellows are encouraged to pursue
particular areas of interest and engage in further scholarly activities
20-30% per year (2-3 months) each year. Fellows assume increased
independence and responsibility while working in the outpatient
developmental/behavioral pediatric clinics and inpatient consultative
service (2 months per year). It is expected that fellows mature
their teaching skills through increased educational activities with
residents and medical students as training advances.
- Competence in the behavioral sciences and paramedical disciplines
is stressed throughout the fellowship program. Goals of this aspect of
training are the acquisition of knowledge of the theories underlying
these disciplines, familiarity with the practical aspects of therapy,
and sufficient knowledge to enable the developmental pediatrician to
supervise an interdisciplinary team in which paramedical professionals
actively participate in the care and management of patients. Throughout
the three years the trainee will be exposed to:
- Behavioral pediatrics, child psychiatry and psychology
- Occupational therapy and physical therapy
- Speech/language pathology, audiology
- Special education, recreational therapy, adaptive physical
|Scholarship and Academic Activities
- Each fellow is required to have a research project. At the
start of fellowship, each fellow is paired with a faculty mentor, and
the mentorship continues throughout the fellowship to help facilitate
completion of the research work product.
- Fellows also have a Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) to assist
in the development and fulfillment of academic and research
goals throughout his/her fellowship.
- A Fellowship Forum is held monthly for all pediatric fellows.
The purpose of this group is provided time for fellows to interact with
each other, and to learn about topics not otherwise addressed formally
in fellowship training (e.g. malpractice insurance, academic vs.
private practice, etc)
- Fellows take a lead in the weekly Fellows Conference within the
division of developmental pediatrics to review and discuss cases,
journal articles, and individual learning interactions with staff and
- Fellows are required to participate in a certificate course in
research or a master's program. As such, fellows are involved
with coursework (2 months total) through the Department of Public
Health Sciences, which is completed throughout the three years.
|Pedagogy and Teaching
- Teaching of medical students, house-staff and other healthcare
professionals is expected while fulfilling clinical and other scholarly
activities. This consists of a combination of informal and formal
- Fellows at a minimum present twice per year at the division Fellows
- It is strongly encouraged that fellows also give one formal lecture
for pediatric residents during either the second and third year of
- The Teaching Resource Center is also available as a resource to
help fellows improved their teaching skills.
- The board review series is integrated into the weekly Fellows
Conference to help prepare fellows for the Developmental Behavioral
Board Exam. This series is designed to provide and discuss the
AAP Developmental Behavioral Prep questions with faculty once
- Fellows also partake in the annual In-Service Training exam, which
provides practice and feedback regarding the fellow’s progress.
|Three weeks annually may be taken in minimum one-week blocks
arranged at the beginning of each year