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Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship

The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship at IU School of Medicine trains graduates at Riley Hospital for Children (Indianapolis) and provides an interdisciplinary training experience in the spirit of the developmental-behavioral pediatrics community, offering a breadth and depth of developmental experiences.

Curriculum

The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship curriculum includes a combination of clinical work, research, advocacy, lectureship and community experiences. This ACGME-accredited three-year training experience prepares physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and counseling of children with a wide variety of developmental and behavioral challenges. Graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in advocacy, research and teaching.

Fellows are directly observed by faculty in obtaining a history, performing physical and/or neurodevelopmental exams, developing care plans and communicating with families. All first-year fellows participate in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training program, a Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded interdisciplinary training program housed in the Department of Pediatrics Division of Child Development.

Fellows are directly observed by faculty once a month.

Fellows independently participate in staffing with psychology and meet independently with families to review and discuss multidisciplinary evaluations.

Clinical Training

Fellows work in interdisciplinary service-line teams as physician members. Although Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics fellows remain under faculty supervision for all patient care, they acquire increased autonomy in patient care over the duration of the fellowship.

Career Path

Developmental-behavioral pediatricians have a range of career options within academics, research, education, and clinical practice. Through training and continuing medical education, they help to shape the work of other pediatric providers to engage in collaborative community leadership and to inform public policy to promote the optimal development and behavioral health of all children.