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Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship

This fellowship works with these departments and clinics:

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Autism Diagnostic Clinic, Down Syndrome Program, Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic, School Success, Myelo Clinic

We offer one of only 43 ACGME-accredited developmental-behavioral pediatrics fellowship training programs. Our 3-year program allows for the training of 2 physicians each year who are board certified or board eligible in pediatrics or pediatrics/internal medicine. 

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Our goal is to produce an academic developmental-behavioral pediatrician who is:

  • Proficient in the clinical care of children & adolescents with developmental and/or behavioral concerns.
  • Experienced in teaching other professionals as well as patients and their families.
  • Skilled in performing scholarly investigation and understanding the evolving science relevant to developmental-behavioral pediatrics
  • Prepared to be an effective advocate for children & families affected by developmental-behavioral challenges

Upon completion of the training program, you will be eligible to take the American Board of Pediatrics certification examination in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.

As a fellow in our developmental-behavioral pediatrics training program, you will benefit from:

  • A dedicated, experienced faculty within Akron Children's Hospital's NeuroDevelopmental Science Center
  • A robust and varied clinical experience at a U.S. News & World Report "Best Children's Hospital"
  • A variety of community-based experiences, including on-site consultations in schools and childcare centers
  • An educational program with comprehensive, individualized clinical and research mentorship
  • Access to and support from statistical and methodological services in a hospital-based clinical research center
  • One-on-one supervision at every phase of the program

Click here to view the faculty of the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Program.

Diane Langkamp, MD, MPH
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Director
Akron Children's Hospital
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308


First Year Clinical Rotation

In addition to clinical rotations, you will build a foundation in clinical research through seminars in research methodology, biostatistics and clinical epidemiology. You will have a longitudinal, continuity experience in our developmental-behavioral clinic with an attending developmental-behavioral pediatrician who acts as a clinical mentor and oversees your progress in patient care.

Our first-year fellows participate in didactic courses in such areas as child and adolescent development, behavioral therapies and psychopharmacology. 

You will also select an area of research or scholarly activity and a mentor.

Second Year Clinical Rotation

Rotations include many of our interprofessional clinics held in the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center such as: Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic, Myelodysplasia Clinic, Autism Diagnostic Clinic, and Down Syndrome Clinic.

You'll gain further clinical experience during your second year in such areas as pediatric neurology and school health, as well as more in-depth experience in research. 

During your second year, we place an emphasis on the development of teaching skills needed to educate medical students, pediatric residents and other professionals, as well as parents.

You will gain experience in presenting formal lectures so that by the end of your third year, you will be comfortable presenting at a regional or national conference. You will also direct significant time in performing a research project or scholarly activity under the direction of your mentor.

Third Year Clinical Rotation

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

You will continue to provide care to your own panel of patients in the developmental-behavioral clinic under the supervision of your clinical mentor.

*Fellowship Stipends 2021-2022

PL-4 – $68,342

PL-5 – $69,966

PL-6 -- $71,860

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Stipends

PL-1 – $62,545

PL-2 – $64,440

Optometry Fellowship Stipend

PL-1 - $60,623


House offices are granted 3 weeks of vacation or 15 customary working days.


Conference Time

Fellows are entitled to 5 days of conference time each year for medical conventions and courses outside the hospital.


Educational Allowance

Fellows are provided $1,500 annually for use toward medical-related journals or books, conferences, and license renewals.


Research and Scholarship Travel

We encourage and support investigator-initiated research by subspecialty fellows. Therefore, we support research-related travel when the fellow is in good academic and professional standing, and when prior written approval of the program director is documented. All hospital policies relating to travel must be followed.


Professional Liability

Professional liability insurance is provided by the hospital.


Health Benefits

Fellows and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the hospital’s health, dental, and vision insurance programs. Costs are shared between the fellow and the hospital. Benefits are available immediately.

Retirement Benefits

Fellows may participate in the Hospital’s 403(b) Plan from their date of hire. Match dollars are not available to fellows.


Medical License & DEA

Fellows are required to obtain an Ohio State Medical License and DEA certificate prior to beginning training.



A key access card for convenient parking is provided at no charge.


Lab Coats

One embroidered lab coat is provided if desired.



Fellows are given $60 every week for use in the hospital cafeteria.


Relocation expenses

The hospital provides reimbursement for initial relocation expenses, up to $1,000, subject to current tax laws.


Smoke, Electronic Cigarette and Tobacco-Free Campus

Akron Children’s is a tobacco-free healthcare system. Prospective employees who test positive for nicotine will have their offer of employment rescinded and will not be permitted to start work.

*This information may differ by fellowship. Please check with the director for specifics.

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