Child Development

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program

Overview and mission
Fellowship training faculty
Educational goals
Additional information about the Fellowship Program in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Overview and mission

The subspecialty fellowship training program in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics is a three-year program offered by the Division of Child Development at the Children's Seashore House of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The program seeks to train pediatricians interested in pursuing an academic career in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Goals of the program include:

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Fellowship training faculty

Faculty include developmental-behavioral pediatricians and physiatrists in the Division of Child Development, pediatricians in the Divisions of General PediatricsGenetics and Gastroenterology and Nutrition, psychologists in Pediatric Psychology and social workers involved in community/advocacy programs. Adjunctive faculty in the Departments of NeurologyPsychiatry, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Audiology and Social Work also contribute to fellowship education.

Fellowship training program director and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) project director 

Nathan Blum, MD 
Division of Child Development
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3550 Market Street - 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(P) 215-590-7681
(F) 267-426-0975
blum@email.chop.edu

Fellowship program coordinator

Bernadette Burton
Division of Child Development
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3550 Market Street - 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(P) 215-590-6336
(F) 267-426-0975
burtonb@email.chop.edu

Division chief

Marc Yudkoff, MD
Division of Child Development
Children's Seashore House of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
215-590-7474
yudkoff@email.chop.edu

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Educational goals

  1. Provide direct instruction and/or literature resources covering the core knowledge base of developmental-behavioral pediatrics as specified in the content specifications for the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics subspecialty board examination.
  2. Provide supervised clinical experiences in developmental-behavioral pediatrics in a broad range of ages and diagnostic categories in order to gain competence in assessing normal developmental and behavioral variations and in diagnosing and treating patients with developmental and behavioral disorders.
  3. Provide instruction in the administration and interpretation of a variety of developmental and behavioral assessment tools for a range of ages and disabilities.
  4. Teach the fellow to give families information regarding anticipatory guidance specific to the child's diagnoses, behavioral management techniques, educational interventions, recommended therapeutic modalities and psychopharmacotherapy.
  5. Provide interdisciplinary collaborative experiences with the other disciplines involved in providing services for children with special needs, including general pediatrics, psychology, neurology, genetics, psychiatry, physiatry, nursing, social work, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy and physical therapy in order to gain an understanding of the role of other providers and to foster team approaches to the provision of services to children with special needs.
  6. Provide opportunities for the fellow to acquire adequate knowledge of health care systems, community resources, support services and the educational systems, legislative processes, health-care policy, child advocacy organizations and the legal and judicial systems for children and families.
  7. Provide instruction in research design and statistics in order to facilitate the fellow's own research and to provide skills to critically review the research literature.
  8. Provide a meaningful supervised research experience in an area of study related to developmental-behavioral pediatrics, including experience in presenting research and writing research-related grants and manuscripts.
  9. Provide opportunities throughout the fellowship to prepare educational material for presentation to community groups, pediatric residents, primary care physicians and colleagues as well as teach pediatric residents in clinical settings.

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Additional information about the Fellowship Program in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

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