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Funded Projects

Grant Status: Active

Grant Title: Training Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians: The MCHB/PENN Partnership

Project Director(s):

Nathan J. Blum, MD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th St Civic Ctr Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19104
Phone: 215-590-7681
Email: blum@email.chop.edu


Many of the health problems facing our country are strongly related to developmental and biopsychosocial problems. This program trains future leaders in developmental-behavioral pediatrics (DBP) to assist children and families and improve systems of care for these problems.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Prepare fellows with the knowledge, and skills necessary to integrate interdisciplinary services in the care of children and families. Goal 2: Prepare fellows with the professionalism, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide family-centered and culturally competent care. Goal 3: Prepare fellows with a broad understanding of public health including the Life Course Model and the leadership skills to implement systems change. Goal 4: Prepare fellows with the scholarship and leadership skills essential to advance developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Goal 5: Recruit diverse trainees who show promise in becoming MCH leaders Objective 1.1: Recruit 1-2 fellows per year and maintain a diverse group of fellows across the 3 year fellowship program. Objective 2.1: Fellows will have multiple interdisciplinary experiences during the 1st year. Objective 2.2: Fellows will develop and implement a community-based project. Objective 3.1: Fellow completes a course on providing culturally and linguistically competent care during the 1st year of training. Objective 3.2: Parents of children with special needs teach fellows about family centered-care throughout the 1styear of training. Objective 4.1: During the 1st year of training fellows are provided training on research design, ethics, and data analysis. . Objective 4.2: By the end of training, fellow will complete research project and present results Objective 5.1: Over the 3-year training, provide supervised clinical experiences in DBP. Objective 5.2: In year 1 the resident will visit schools and community-based agencies to better understand the role of these organizations in the care of children.


We provide: 1) an extensive interdisciplinary didactic curriculum; 2)mentored developmental-behavioral pediatric and interdisciplinary clinical training in the provision of family-centered and culturally competent care across inpatient and outpatient and community-based venues ; 3) structured teaching experiences; 4) mentored research training; 5) consultation to Title V funded programs and community agencies; and 6) advocacy experiences. Pediatric residents at our program participate in a developmental-behavioral pediatrics rotation and fellows help to teach residents during this rotation.


Our trainees participate in educational programs on legal rights and advocacy sponsored by community-based organizations. Fellows and faculty provide care in Title V funded clinical programs and provide consultation to these programs and community-based agencies.


Evaluation methodologies include: self-assessment by trainees, a log documenting breadth and depth of clinical experiences, and direct observation of trainee performance. Fellows complete a Core Competency and a Autism Competency Measure before and after training. Other indices include ratings of faculty performance by trainees, presentation of abstracts, manuscripts, the development and dissemination of educational resources, and tracking of career paths of trainees.

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