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The LEND program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is a one-year interdisciplinary fellowship supported by a grant from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Its mission is twofold: to support the development of exemplary expertise, skills and competence in the care of children with neurodevelopmental and related disorders, including children from medically underserved populations; and to instill the qualities that promote interpersonal leadership in the service of improving the quality of life and outcomes for these children and their families.
LEND is a fellowship for professionals who are completing or recently completed an advanced degree in healthcare fields associated with maternal and child health, family members who care for children with neurodevelopmental or related conditions, or an individual who has experienced a disability or chronic condition in their own life, and who is looking to expand their knowledge and experience with leadership.
To be eligible for funding support, the candidate must be a U.S. citizen or holder of a permanent visa, and not currently receiving federal funding support from any other source.
Long-term trainees are formally registered as LEND fellows. By completion of their training, they will have 300 or more contact hours and will have completed the entire LEND curriculum (clinical and didactic). These criteria apply regardless of LEND funding.
For example, First-Year Pediatric Fellows sometimes receive funding from Children's Hospital rather than LEND. They are still considered LEND trainees, as long as they participate in the LEND curriculum throughout the course of the fellowship year. Similarly, other Disciplines may have one or more of their trainees participate in LEND on an unfunded basis.
All trainees are required to fulfill all program obligations within coursework, community, family and research components throughout the training year
The long-term LEND Fellowship involves a Core Curriculum with didactic courses and experiential activities aimed to promote leadership development. Courses include a comprehensive overview of developmental disabilities, an overview of autism spectrum disorders, distinctive family issues, public policy, interdisciplinary case conferences, a research course and more. Experiential training components include the Community Collaboration Program, Family Collaboration Program, and a Mentored Research Project.
Within each experiential program, LEND fellows can select from a range of options in which they participate. For example, Community Collaboration projects range from those focused on youth with chronic health or developmental conditions’ transition to adulthood; working with maternal-child homeless shelters, providing consultation to an Early Head Start program or working to improve access to healthcare for children placed in foster care.
Family Collaboration experiences might involve home visits with a family of a child with an acquired brain injury or genetic condition, involvement with a parent support group, or working with parent advocates. LEND fellows can develop their own research project or work with LEND faculty on a project. Based on these choices, each LEND fellow develops an Individualized Training Plan (ITP) with their own discipline director and a LEND Mentor to fulfill LEND requirements
Intermediate trainees may or may not be funded by LEND. By completion of their training, these fellows will have between 150 and 299 contact hours, and may not have completed the entire LEND curriculum (clinical and didactic).
Short term trainees may or may not be funded by LEND. By completion of their training, these fellows will have between 40 and 149 contact hours and most likely will not have completed the entire LEND curriculum.
Trainees meeting this description can be further categorized as trainees from other institutions who rotate through one of the LEND Core Disciplines:
LEND Fellows develop an Individualized Training Plan with their discipline director and their LEND Mentor, and document evidence of achievement of training objectives. This commitment requires that the fellow spend a minimum of 6-8 hours per week participating in LEND related activities (attendance at Core Curriculum courses is included within this time frame):
The fellowship involves a Core Curriculum, which includes both didactic classes and experiential programs. In addition to weekly classes, LEND includes projects and experiences in Community Collaboration, Family Collaboration, Research, and optional Interdisciplinary Clinical Experiences.
The following topics are addressed in courses offered as seminars, didactic presentations and case-based interactive learning methods:
The LEND Faculty represents a broad range of healthcare professions and includes members with appointments in the University of Pennsylvania and its Schools of Medicine, Social Work, and Nursing, and Education, as well as individuals with leadership roles within Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Parents of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and related disorders, and adults with these conditions play an active role in the LEND program, serving as faculty and mentors to ensure fellows’ understanding of family-centered, culturally competent models of service provision. Guest speakers from The Disabilities Rights Network, The Education Law Center of Pennsylvania, the Institute on Disabilities of Temple University and other community-based organizations present regularly.
The LEND Program offers fellows opportunities to have short-term experiences or conduct in-depth Community Leadership Projects with several community-based or community engagement programs. LEND fellows conducting Community Leadership Projects can develop a project with community preceptors and LEND faculty from the following options. Additional options may also be available.
The LEND Research Program includes an ongoing course and journal club. Fellows who are interested in taking the lead on a mentored research project can choose to conduct a Research Leadership Project.
At the beginning of the fellowship year, each fellow develops an Individualized Training Plan in conjunction with his or her discipline director and their LEND Mentor. LEND Mentors include the LEND Director (Nathan Blum, M.D.), Associate Director (Judith Silver, Ph.D.) or, for LEND fellows on the Autism Track, the LEND Director of Autism Training (Judith Miller, Ph.D.). The ITP addresses LEND program goals and indicates how each fellow will complete fellowship requirements based on the range of options offered by the LEND curriculum. Each fellow’s ITP is reviewed and approved by the LEND Curriculum Committee. Over the course of the training year the fellow is expected to meet regularly with the LEND Mentor to discuss progress in achieving their goals. Progress is also reviewed and evaluated each semester by the Curriculum Committee, with Progress Reports sent to the fellow and Discipline Director.
Application procedures differ by discipline. Please see below for application instructions for each discipline.
Applications are accepted between September and May of each year, and training starts in July.
Applications are accepted starting in September.
Please submit the following materials to Joy Peterson, AuD, CCC-A, firstname.lastname@example.org:
LEND fellows can be enrolled in graduate training at the Master's level or above.
Please submit the following materials to email@example.com:
Pediatricians wishing to participate in the LEND program as long-term trainees must apply for a position in the three-year Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. For more information on this fellowship program and to apply, please visit the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship website.
Potential applicants must be a parent of a child with a neurodevelopmental and/or related disability.
Please submit the following materials to Amy Kratchman, Family Consultant, LEND Family Collaboration, firstname.lastname@example.org:
Genetic Counseling LEND Fellows must be students of Arcadia University’s Genetic Counseling Master's program. To find more information on Program-Specific Admission Requirements, please visit Arcadia University’s website or contact Kathleen D. Valverde, MS, CGC, email@example.com.
Ideal candidates for the nursing fellowship position are usually those who have completed a master's program in pediatric or family nursing or are post-masters or doctoral students who are interested in the fellowship as a way to develop specialization in working with children with developmental disabilities and chronic health conditions. Due to requirements of most nursing master's programs (which are full-time and include clinical rotations under the direction of a faculty supervisor), nurses are usually unable to do the fellowship as part of their master's degree program. Candidates are recruited from local graduate-level nursing programs including:
Nursing fellows make a significant contribution to the LEND team by bringing their clinical skills in nursing assessment (physical and psychosocial) as well expertise in clinical critical thinking, which is a major part of their education. They can also offer expertise in patient-family education and care coordination that is also an integral part of their graduate training.
Please submit the following materials to Margaret Souders, PhD, CRNP, firstname.lastname@example.org:
Positions for LEND candidates in the discipline of nutrition are available at two educational levels:
Please submit the following materials to Virginia Stallings, MD, email@example.com:
Candidates may be accepted any time during the year; however, July start dates are desirable. Positions are offered for one year, with the possibility of a one-year renewal. Rarely, a candidate will be considered for a training period of less than one year.
Occupational Therapists wishing to participate in the LEND Program as long-term trainees must apply for a position in the one-year Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Please visit the Pediatric Fellowship Program in Occupational Therapy website for more information.
Physical Therapists wishing to participate in the LEND program as long-term trainees must apply for a position in the one-year Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. For more Information on this residency program, please see the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program page.
Pre-doctoral psychology candidates wishing to participate in the LEND program as long-term trainees must apply for a position in the one-year predoctoral Psychology Internship Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Post-doctoral psychology candidates wishing to participate in the LEND program as long-term trainees are limited to those individuals accepted into a post-doctoral psychology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with involvement in the LEND Program considered on an individual basis.
The applicant will be an individual who has experienced disability in their own life (beginning in childhood or adolescence) and who would like to expand their knowledge about disabilities in general and develop their leadership skills to help children, families and other individuals with disabilities. A bachelor’s degree is preferred.
Please submit the following documents to Bernadette Burton, LEND Program Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit the following materials to Susannah M. Horner, LCSW, email@example.com:
Special Education LEND Fellows must be students of Temple University’s Special Education Program. To find more information on program-specific admission requirements, please visit Temple's website or contact Ken Thurman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants must have completed a Master's degree program in Speech-Language Pathology and be eligible to begin the ASHA Clinical Fellowship.
The Speech Lend Fellow has 23 percent of his/her time devoted to LEND and 77 percent devoted to the Speech Language Department.
Please submit the following materials to Jennifer Burstein, MA, CCC/SLP, Burstein@email.chop.edu:
A preliminary interview is conducted in person or by phone to establish interests and qualifications. After the interview, successful candidates will receive the official LEND application forms. Please submit the completed forms and letters of recommendation to:
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Download our LEND brochure for more information about our fellowship program. For general inquiries, please contact program manager Bernadette Burton at 215-590-6336 or email@example.com.