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The ACGME-accredited Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s offers outstanding training in one of the nation's largest DBP divisions. Our clinical volume and experienced faculty allow for comprehensive, interdisciplinary training.

Since the program’s inception in 1967, we have had many fellows who have completed training and are working within the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Our program is clinically active with over 17,000 outpatient visits each year. With support from child life, social work, psychology, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition, special education, medicine-pediatric transition providers and advanced practice nursing, our fellowship offers exceptional interdisciplinary clinical training.

Unique aspects of our fellowship include a transition clinic for adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities, an interdisciplinary fellow assessment clinic, as well as individualized training pathways and opportunities for additional degree pursuits (e.g., certificate or master’s in Medical Education, Master of Science in Clinical Research, Master of Public Health).

We collaborate with divisions from across Cincinnati Children's, which allows for broader mentorship, guidance, and experiences for fellowship training.

Research efforts span participation in the multisite national autism treatment network, a Centers for Disease Control-funded Spina Bifida Registry, social skills development training in high functioning children with autism spectrum disorder, shared decision-making in psychotropic medication management with families of children with autism spectrum disorder, sleep needs in children with Down syndrome, medication response in children with ADHD, effectiveness of a web-based anti-bullying curriculum for teens, and functional outcomes in young children who are deaf/hard of hearing. We also participate in the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network, a multisite, collaborative research network for scientific collaboration and infrastructure building. 

Program Aims

  1. To train fellows to be clinically proficient in the practice of developmental and behavioral pediatrics, with an emphasis in the diagnostic evaluation and management of children from birth to age 21 years with suspected or known developmental and/or behavioral conditions in an outpatient referral setting.
  2. To prepare fellows to become leaders in developmental and behavioral pediatrics as clinicians, researchers, educators and advocates.
  3. To provide fellows with the requisite skills needed to deliver outstanding clinical care in both academic institutions, private practice, and under-resourced settings.
  4. To develop the attributes of scholarship, self-assessment, and responsibility that promote lifelong learning habits.

Curriculum

In the first year of fellowship, the focus is developing a fellow’s clinical skills in DBP practice through new consultation visits as well as a behavioral and medication continuity clinic. Fellows also receive 300+ hours of instruction/field experience in leadership, advocacy, and interdisciplinary teaming through our Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program.

Time is also spent developing scholarly work ideas and building a mentorship team. In the second and third year of fellowship, outpatient clinics with specialty DBP populations, continuity clinic, and elective time as well as dedicated research time are the predominant activities.

Throughout all three years of training, fellows participate in DBP didactics, didactics and case conferences with Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Diversity Equity and Inclusion seminars, and Cincinnati Children's GME curriculum. Fellows also receive teaching on how to be effective clinical educators and have ample opportunities to precept medical students and residents in DBP clinics.

For more information about our fellowship program, please contact DBP Fellowship Program Director, Jayna Schumacher, MD, at jayna.schumacher@cchmc.org or 513-803-4488.

Apply

We are currently accepting applications for the 2022 appointment year. To apply, register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). After registering, please submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).