Developmental Behavioral Fellowship, Pediatric
Our goal is to train the next generation of developmental-behavioral pediatricians to be practitioners, teachers, researchers, advocates for children with special health care needs, and to be leaders, directors and administrators in their field. The fellowship was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2006 and reviewed in 2010.
Length of fellowship: Three years
Number of fellows accepted each year: One to two
Our competitive fellowship offers a balance between development and behavior. Our program is based in a collaborative division of developmental-behavioral pediatricians, pediatric psychologists, neuropsychologists, social workers and nurses. This combination enables clinical, educational and research collaboration throughout all three years of training. The Division's Rainbow Child Development Center focuses on the three As: attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and autism spectrum disorders. However, our fellows are exposed to a wide variety of developmentally, behaviorally and medically complicated patients during their training as they spend time in clinics within our own division, as well as many other divisions within the Department of Pediatrics at UH Rainbow.
Key elements of the training program from its long history of success include:
- Emphasis on leadership training in a comprehensive program that integrates clinical care, teaching, research and advocacy/public policy experiences
- Experienced interdisciplinary teams, many of whom are leaders in the field of developmental-behavioral pediatrics, pediatric psychology and neuropsychology
- Close integration of the training programs and divisional activities with those of other pediatric subspecialties and other professional disciplines
- Strong tradition of excellence in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and child health research
- Innovative models of clinical care in specialized areas: adoption, care of children after disasters, sleep problems, chronic illness and obesity, developmental-behavioral pediatricians as resources to PCPs, and follow-up of high risk infants
- Special areas of expertise: adoption, autism spectrum disorder, cochlear implants, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, transition care
- Opportunities for clinical care and research with culturally diverse populations and interdisciplinary collaborative research
- Training initiatives in child advocacy, global health and mental health
- Supportive institutional environment, including resource infusion from the Department of Pediatrics
- Strong collaboration with other departmental, university-based and community programs
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