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Grant Status: Completed

Grant Title: MUSC Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program

Web Site: Medical University of South Carolina Project Exit Disclaimer

Project Director(s):

Michelle M. Macias, MD
Medical University of South Carolina
179 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC  29425-8908
Phone: 843-876-1516
FAX: 843-876-1518
Email: maciasm@musc.edu


South Carolina ranks 43/50 states in overall child well-being, with severe disparities and disproportionately high numbers of developmental and behavioral disorders in the 33% underrepresented minority population. Qualified DBP leaders are urgently needed to meet the needs of the escalating numbers of youth with DB conditions.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Train DBP fellows in interdisciplinary clinical assessment, preventive care, and treatment of children of diverse cultures with the broad range of DB/mental health variations, problems, and disorders Obj. 1.1: Recruit/train at least 3 ethnically diverse fellows/long term (LT) trainees per year, and provide them with skills needed to assess and treat the broad range of DB disorders; improve the skills of 300 short and medium-term trainees. Goal 2: Prepare DBP fellows to become culturally competent leaders in the field of DBP. Obj 2.1: Provide year-long course on ASD-ND targeting MCHB leadership competencies. Obj 2.2: Complete Interprofessional Education Institute leadership program by the 2nd year of fellowship. Goal 3: Provide a DBP research environment to prepare fellows to conduct independent and collaborative research in DBP. Obj 3.1: Complete required research coursework through the MSCR program. Obj 3.2: Develop and complete novel research project with final manuscript product by end of fellowship. Goal 4: Provide continuing education and technical assistance in DBP across SC Obj, 4.1: Sponsor 2 live CE events, 1 on-line CE event, and 6 learning events per year targeting rural providers. Goal 5: Improve competency in DBP. Obj 5.1: Provide didactic instruction and clinical experience to allow all trainees to evaluate and treat DB conditions.


At least 3 DBP fellows complete interdisciplinary training in leadership, clinical skills, and research in DBP through a core curriculum. Additional health providers recruited as LT trainees through novel mini-fellowship program. Other trainees also participate in selected coursework, CE programs and clinical/research training.


Ongoing internal evaluation through specified data collection methods, including 1) SPSS-based log of clinical and didactic exposures;2) quarterly fellow evaluations; 3) semiannual self-evaluation and faculty evaluation; 4) performance on annual ABP SITE and board certification rates; 5) annual program evaluation; 6) MCH Performance Measures attainment

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