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MUSC Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program

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Grant Status: Active

Training Category: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Project Director(s):

Michelle M Macias, MD
Medical University of South Carolina
135 Rutledge Avenue MSC 561
Charleston, SC  29245-5670
Phone: (843) 876-1516


South Carolina ranks 39/50 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 and linguistically competent leaders in the field of DBP. Obj 2.1: Develop DBP fellows' leadership and advocacy skills through modeling, curriculum, and clinical opportunities. Goal 3: Provide a DBP research environment to prepare fellows to conduct independent and collaborative research in DBP. Obj 3.1: Mentor fellows to have skills and knowledge for research design and execution. Obj 3.2: Exposure to coursework through Masters in Clinical Research Program/Research Certificate program. Goal 4: Provide continuing education and technical assistance in DBP across SC Obj, 4.1: Assist parent support and advocacy groups to disseminate evidence based materials relating to DBP. Goal 5: Improve competency in ASD/DD. Obj 5.1: Provide didactic instruction and clinical experience to allow all trainees to evaluate and treat ASD/DD and B/MH problems.


At least 3 DBP fellows yearly 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. HP 2020 Objectives: 9. Disability and Health (objectives 4, 5, 9, 10, 12-14, 18, 20); 11. Education and Community (objective 12.2); 20. Hearing and Other Sensory or Communication Impairments (objectives 19-23); 26. Maternal, Infant, and Child Health (objectives 29-31); Mental Health and Mental Disability (objectives 6, 11.2)


MUSC DBP Training Program involves a coordinated effort between MUSC Children's Hospital and (a) SC LEND; (b) ADDM; (c) DHEC (State Title V Agency); (d) BabyNet (Part C); (e) Office of Exceptional Children (Part B); (f) UCEDD; (g) SCDHHS/SCDDSN; (h) Family Connection (SC Family Voices); (i) Greenville Children's Hospital DBP Fellowship; (j) SCDSS; (k) South Carolina Autism Society


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 Annotation: MUSC DBP Fellowship Training Program will address SC's current challenges by preparing culturally and linguistically competent DB professionals to meet the needs of youth with developmental and behavioral disorders and to become leaders in MCH-related fields.

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