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Core Curriculum

The Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program is organized around the following core activities:

  • Clinical rotations
  • Scholarship and academic activities
  • Pedagogy and teaching
  • Board preparation


Clinical rotations
  1. The 36-month fellowship promotes graduated responsibility and career development over time.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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 education
    • Nutrition


Scholarship and Academic Activities
  1. 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.
  2. Fellows also have a Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) to assist in the development and fulfillment of academic and research goals throughout his/her fellowship.
  3. 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)
  4. 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 families.
  5. 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
  1. 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 sessions/lectures.
  2. Fellows at a minimum present twice per year at the division Fellows Conference.
  3. It is strongly encouraged that fellows also give one formal lecture for pediatric residents during either the second and third year of fellowship.
  4. The Teaching Resource Center is also available as a resource to help fellows improved their teaching skills.

Board Preparation
  1. 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 monthly.
  2. 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