Strengths of our Program

Clinical: Our competitive fellowship offers a balance between development (autism, intellectual disability, developmental delays), and behavior (anxiety, toileting, stress reduction techniques) and ADHD. Our program is based in a collaborative division of developmental-behavioral pediatricians, pediatric psychologists, and neuropsychologists. This combination enables clinical, educational, and research collaboration. The Division’s Rainbow Child Development Center focuses on the three As: ADHD, anxiety, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Considerable time is also spent in a Sleep Disorder Clinic, NICU Follow-up Clinic, and International Adoption Clinic.

The DPB fellowship offers rich and varied clinical experiences. The DBP fellows have a weekly DBP continuity clinic and spend time in other DBP clinics as well as Down Syndrome Clinic. They also rotate in interdisciplinary clinics for children with autism, fetal alcohol spectrum, craniofacial disorders, and meningomyelocoel. A month long rotation at the Cleveland Clinic includes experiences in their feeding clinic, cerebral palsy clinic, autism clinic, autism school and in-patient pain program. As knowledge of resources is an important part of training, fellows visit schools and sites that provide resources as well as attend conferences to learn about resources. The third year has flexibility for electing to spend time in clinics which will prepare the fellow for their anticipated career placement.

Inpatient: Inpatient consultations are seen at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. They include mainly developmental-behavioral evaluations. One of the DBP fellows’ rotations is with our psychologist who consults in inpatients with acute or chronic illnesses that have a stress related aspect to their illness that is interfering with healing (e.g. conversion reaction).

Teaching: There is an emphasis on the development of teaching skills through the expectation and opportunity to teach in multiple forums. Fellows teach the weekly division seminar, Board Review, medical students on the topic of ASD, and residents in their month-long rotation in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. The weekly seminar is used as a forum to evaluate and learn from the teaching of others and to practice presentations. The fellows are also active in teaching pediatric residents when they rotate in their continuity clinics. In addition, Case Western Reserve University has an ongoing series of seminars on the development of teaching skills attended by the fellows.

Research: Divisional and institutional supports mentor the fellows thought the pursuit of a research project. The research project is developed in year one with major blocks of time in year two for executing the project and writing it up. Year three research time is for completing research activities. Within the division and the institution, there are multiple individuals who provide mentoring for research projects. Five of the six past fellows have published their research projects.

Advocacy: Fellows have the opportunity to attend the American Academy of Pediatrics annual state legislative day, as well as American Academy of Pediatrics annual national legislative day. Fellows also have the opportunity to work on advocacy projects.

After completion of our three year fellowship, graduates are eligible for the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics subspecialty boards.

Length: three years
Number of Fellows accepted each year: one to two

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