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Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program

Project Website

Grant Status: Active

Training Category: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program

Project Director(s):

Michelle Macias, MD
Medical University of South Carolina
135 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC  29425
Phone: 843-876-1511


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: Build workforce capacity to evaluate, diagnose, and treat developmental disabilities, including autism and other behavioral health concerns. Obj. 1.1 Recruit/train at least 5 fellows and 5 mini-fellow long-term trainees (LTT) representing diverse populations over 5 years to assess and treat the broad range of DB disorders. Obj 1.2 Improve the DBP skills of 200 short and medium-term trainees (MTT) per year. Obj 1.3: Maintain recruitment of racial, ethnic, and/or disability trainees for LTT and MTT at 20% or greater Goal 2: Prepare DBP fellows and other LTTs for leadership roles as educators, investigators, and clinicians. Obj 2.1: Develop DBP fellows/LTT's leadership and advocacy skills through modeling, curriculum, and clinical opportunities. Goal 3: Provide a DBP research environment that exemplifies critical inquiry and prepares 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: Develop, implement, analyze, present and publish novel research project in fellowship Goal 4: Expand capacity of DBP exposure and knowledge and strengthen systems of care through continuing education and technical assistance in DBP across SC. Obj, 4.1: Provide CE programs to 150 + professionals yearly Obj 4.2: Provide at least 10 consultation and technical assistance activities to Title V and other community agencies yearly. Goal 5: Provide pediatric practitioners, residents, and medical students with essential psychosocial knowledge and clinical expertise to include DEI, SSDOH and perspectives of those with lived experience of the disability culture. Obj. 5.1: Designate self-advocates and family members as faculty. Obj. 5.2: Implement formal DEI education throughout the curriculum. HP 2030 OBJECTIVES: Early and Middle Childhood (EMC-01-04, D01-D07, R01);People with Disabilities (MICH-18, DH05, AH-R10);Mental Health and Mental Disorders (MHMD-D01,MHMD-03,06)


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.


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


Ongoing internal evaluation through specified data collection methods, including 1) database of clinical and didactic exposures; 2) quarterly fellow evaluations; 3) semi-annual 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 diverse culturally and linguistically responsive DB professionals to meet the needs of youth with developmental and behavioral disorders and to become leaders in MCH-related fields.