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Grant Status: Completed

Grant Title: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program

Web Site: Boston Children’s Hospital Project Exit Disclaimer

Project Director(s):

Heidi M. Feldman, MD, PhD
Boston Children’s Hospital
Stanford University School of Medicine
Pediatrics / Neonatal and Developmental Med
750 Welch Road STE 315
Palo Alto, CA  94304-1510
Phone: (650) 723-5711
FAX: (650) 725-8351
Email: hfeldman@stanford.edu


The large, diverse population of children in Northern California need sub-specialists in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and general pediatric health care providers specially trained in DBP to screen, assess, diagnose, treat, and manage developmental and behavioral problems.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Enroll 5 fellows over 5 years Objective 1: Enroll 1 fellow in 2008-2009 Objective 2: Enroll an additional fellow in 2009-2010 Objective 3: Enroll 3 fellows in last 3 years Goal 2: Increase the capacity of physicians and others in Northern California to address developmental and behavioral pediatric issues Objective 1: Educate residents during their DBP rotation and longitudinally Objective 2: Provide interdisciplinary case conferences in San Mateo County Objective 3: Provide CME throughout the region


We will recruit, admit and educate pediatric fellows, using a comprehensive curriculum. We will provide training and experiences such that fellows complete a scholarly project, present at national meetings or write manuscripts and also provide leadership in the community. We will educate all pediatric residents in DBP, including their one-month rotation and a longitudinal experience. We will work with community agencies to understand the requirements for children with disabilities in one California county. We will provide CME to physicians and CE to other professionals.


California Children Services (CCS) -- QI project partner CCS-MTU San Mateo, California -- Case review participant, clinical service provider San Mateo County Health Department -- Case review participant, new project development


1. Evaluation of fellows on clinical rotations 2. Evaluation of family centered care and cultural competence for division 3. Fellow evaluation of training 4. Evaluation of fellows as teachers, researchers and leaders 5. Specific evaluation measurable objectives

Experience to Date:

We are solidly on tract to meet the project goals. We graduated the first fellow in our program and accepted the fourth. Evaluation by faculty shows that fellows are learning appropriate content as well as family-centered care and cultural competence. The program is highly rated by the fellows and faculty. We have successfully educated the pediatric residents in Developmental-Behavioral pediatrics. This year we added an undergraduate course to the program. Eleven undergraduates took the course, creating a pipeline for MCH professions. The faculty and fellows have presented regionally, nationally, and internationally. Several manuscripts have been submitted and accepted for publication.

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