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The subspecialty fellowship training program in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics is a three-year program offered by the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at CHOP. The program seeks to train pediatricians interested in pursuing an academic career in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Goals of the program include:
The first year of the fellowship is 80 percent clinical. The second year is at least 50 percent research, 10 percent advocacy and 10-40 percent clinical. The third year is expected to be 80 percent research and 20 percent clinical. Approximately 10 percent of the first and second year is didactic instructional time.
Clinical experiences for the fellow include:
Elective clinical experiences can include:
The fellow participates in activities of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program (LEND), an interdisciplinary training program funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
Topics covered in the LEND Core Curriculum include:
The fellow also participates in activities of the Behavioral Pediatrics training program, also funded by the MCHB, which focuses on morbidity arising from biopsychosocial stressors. The clinical, educational and advocacy experiences in this component of the fellowship promotes mastery of:
Community/advocacy experiences include:
During the first year, the fellow participates in a course on research design offered through the LEND Program. One month of the first year is devoted to research. During this month the fellow meets with potential research mentors to discuss possible areas of research, chooses a mentor and the area of the research project and begins meeting with the research team.
A literature review is started in the area chosen and the fellow begins reading the necessary background material. It is expected that by the end of the first year the fellow will have selected a specific research mentor and area of research.
Research seminars are held monthly. The faculty is invited to use this forum to discuss their ongoing research and the fellow provides a progress report on the development of his or her research.
At least five, and no more than 11 months of the second year provide 80 percent protected time for research. In the development of the project and its execution, the fellow works closely with the research mentor and research collaborators. It is expected that by the end of the second year the fellow will have obtained all necessary training, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval and funding for his or her research and will be ready to implement the research project.
The third year provides 80 percent protected time for research activities. It is expected that during the third year, under the guidance of the faculty research mentor, the fellow will complete subject recruitment, data collection and entry, data analysis and prepare a written summary of the research. The fellow is strongly encouraged to present research at local and national meetings as a poster presentation and submit research findings to a peer-reviewed journal.
Faculty include developmental-behavioral pediatricians and physiatrists in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, pediatricians in the Divisions of General Pediatrics, Genetics and Gastroenterology and Nutrition, psychologists in Pediatric Psychology and social workers involved in community/advocacy programs. Adjunctive faculty in the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Audiology and Social Work also contribute to fellowship education.
Nathan Blum, MD Division Chief, Division of Child Development, Rehabilitation Medicine and Metabolic DiseaseSection Chief, Behavioral PediatricsDirector, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program215firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernadette BurtonFellowship program coordinatorDevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics215email@example.com
You may apply by downloading a PDF version of the application (PDF). Print the application, complete the appropriate fields and mail the application to the address listed at the end of the application form.
To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.
Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.