Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Curriculum

Akron Children's ACGME-approved developmental-behavioral pediatric fellowship program offers the following curriculum.

First Year Clinical Rotation

During the first year, fellows gain clinical skills through rotations in:

In addition to clinical rotations, our fellows build a foundation in clinical research through seminars in research methodology, biostatistics and clinical epidemiology. Fellows will have a longitudinal, continuity experience in the developmental-behavioral clinic with an attending developmental-behavioral pediatrician who acts as a clinical mentor and oversees the fellow’s progress in the area of patient care.

Our first-year fellows complete training and certification in the evidence-based Triple P - Positive Parenting Program®. They also complete didactic courses in such areas as child and adolescent development, child psychopathology, behavioral therapies and psychopharmacology. In the first year, you will select an area of research or other scholarly activity and a mentor within that area.

Second Year Clinical Rotation

Our second-year fellows gain further clinical experience in such areas as the behavior clinic, pediatric neurology and school health, as well as more in-depth experience in research.

In the second year, you will complete courses in advanced psychopharmacology and psychological and neuropsychological testing. You will continue to work with a clinical mentor in the developmental-behavioral clinic.

Emphasis is also placed on the development of teaching skills needed to educate medical students, pediatric residents and other professionals, as well as parents.

Fellows will gain experience in presenting formal lectures so that by the end of their third year, they will be comfortable presenting at a regional or national conference. In the second year the fellow will direct significant time in performing a research project/scholarly activity under the direction of a mentor.

Third Year Clinical Rotation

The third year of training focuses largely on your research or other scholarly activity. You are expected to complete the research/academic project in the third year so that it can be submitted for presentation at a national meeting and can be prepared for publication as a manuscript.

Third-year fellows also continue to provide care to their own panel of patients in the developmental-behavioral clinic under the supervision of the clinical mentor.


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