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Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics - Fellowship


Children's Hospital Colorado

 

Program Overview 

The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Training Program is sponsored by the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado). This is a three-year fellowship program approved by the Pediatric Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The program is directed by Sandra Friedman, MD, and is based at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (UCSOM) and Children's Hospital Colorado, both of which opened entirely new facilities in 2007 on one large medical campus in Aurora, Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus. Fellows are supervised by faculty within the Section of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, the Neuroscience Institute at Children’s Colorado, and the Department of Pediatrics at UCSOM.

Program Objectives

We aim to support fellows in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics to develop successful careers, based on excellence in clinical medicine, teaching, scholarship, and research. The program provides fundamental knowledge in neurosciences relevant to the field, as well as theoretical frameworks for development and behavior from birth to young adulthood. While we are a newly accredited fellowship training program, we have a long history of service, training, and research in the area of developmental pediatrics.

Program Requirements

To qualify for the program one must have completed core training in Pediatrics (three years). We pay particularly close attention to the commitment to scholarship, education, research, and clinical excellence, as well as to the letters of recommendation and career performance records. Trainees will be funded at the UCSOM Department of Pediatrics PL 4-6 salary levels, including an excellent benefits package. Annual vacation, educational and sick leave, health, life disability and malpractice insurance are included in the benefits package.  

 
Overview
 
Our Training Program provides all of the clinical experience necessary to be eligible for certification by the Sub-Board in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. Clinical experiences are broad and emphasize comprehensive assessments and management of a wide range of developmental and behavioral disorders, based on evidence-based practice. All trainees participate fully in the structured activities of the program, including:

I. Interdisciplinary developmental assessments
II. Individual consultations and long-term management
III. Community-based clinical experiences
IV. Core clinical curriculum
V. Clinical conferences
 
Clinical Training occurs primarily at the Child Development Unit of Children’s Colorado. Fellows also work at other clinical programs within the hospital, as well as community-based training sites.
 
Training Site - Child Development Unit
 
Child Development Unit
A tertiary referral center for children with developmental and behavioral disorders throughout the Eastern Rocky Mountain region.

A. Approximately 1100 outpatient visits per year
B. Autism Treatment Network
C. Age-based interdisciplinary assessment teams (infants through school age)
D. Individual consultations
E. Fragile X and eXtraordinarY Kids Programs
F. Oral Feeding Clinic
G. Medication management
H. Launch parent training program
I. Early Start Denver Model of treatment for children with ASD
  
Training Site - Additional Hospital- and University-Based Services
 
A. Special Care Clinic
B. Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND Program)
C. Kempe Center for Child Abuse and Neglect
D. Neuropsychiatric Special Care program
E. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
F. Down Syndrome Program
G. Muscle Clinic
H. Neurocutaneous syndrome programs
 
Training Site - Community-Based Sites
 
A. Child care program
B. Early Intervention program
C. Schools
D. Other community agencies

Fellows participate in a variety seminars and didactics in research design, methods, and analysis, offered through the hospital for all pediatric fellows, the Section for DBP fellows, and through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. A research mentor is chosen or selected for each fellow, based on his or her area of interest. Each fellow is supported to develop and implement a scholarly project, with opportunities for additional funding for projects from the hospital or the university-based Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute. Collaborations are possible with researchers from other Sections and Departments within Children’s Colorado and the UCSOM. We are one of 14 Autism Treatment Networks (ATN) in the country, with a number of active research studies in which fellows may also participate.

Faculty Research Interests:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Fragile X
  • XY Chromosome Disorders
  • Down syndrome
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Palliative Care
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Fellows are provided with a core curriculum of didactic lectures and seminars, as well as clinical conferences. In addition, considerable importance is given to the development of individual learning and scholarship. In addition to a research mentor, each fellow is assigned an advisor to support the learning of core material. Reading assignments and close clinical supervision are integral to the educational program. The fellows also develop teaching skills, through didactics and feedback from faculty. Professional development is provided through use of teaching portfolios and individual learning plans.

 
Teaching Conferences
The following conferences are an integral component of our program:
    1. DBP Seminar Series
    2. Journal Club
    3. Clinical Conferences
    4. LEND seminar series : Key concepts; ASD curriculum; Research practicum; Teaching, Consultation, and Leadership Dialogues
    5. Works-in-Progress Research Conference
    6. Child Neurology Seminars
    7. Biostatistics
    8. Departmental Fellowship Education Series
    9. Pediatric Grand Rounds

Applicants must register through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). (www.nrmp.org)

AND submit application materials through the Electronic Residency Applications Service (ERAS). (http://www.aamc.org/students/eras/).  ERAS will being taking applications starting July 1, 2014.

The NRMP match day for Fall Medical Specialties is December 17th, therefore, completed applications and letters of recommendation must be received by September 30th. Interviews will be completed by November 30th. Only candidates with US citizenship will be considered.  

*International candidates may not apply at this time.

Entry into the fellowship program is typically at the PL-4 level (fourth year post-M.D.) or later. Fellows receive a concurrent appointment of Clinical Fellow at The University of Colorado School of Medicine as they participate in the teaching of medical students.

Applications and inquiries from physicians seeking training elsewhere are always welcome. The Section is particularly interested in applications from highly qualified minority pediatricians. A visit to the Section and its programs will usually provide a comprehensive picture of the Section’s activities, clinical programs and an opportunity to meet with current faculty.

For additional questions or inquiry, please contact:

Department of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Program Coordinator Kimberly Mondragon
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue, B140
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Tel: 720-777-6870
E-mail: Kimberly.Mondragon



Left-Right): Robyn Nolan (PGY6), Paul Dressler (PGY4), Veena Sison (PGY5)

1st Year Fellow

Paul Dressler, MD

Residency:  Emory University

Medical School:  University of Toledo College of Medicine

Research Interest:  Use of Transition Planning Resources by Primary Care Providers for Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

 

2nd Year Fellow

Veena Sison, MD

Residency:  Bronx Lebanon Hospital

Medical School:  University of Philippines School of Medicine

Research Interest:  A Longitudinal Study of Cognitive Function and Adaptive Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities.

 

3rd year Fellow

Robyn Nolan, MD

Residency:  University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School:  Creighton University School of Medicine

Research Interest:  Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician Support of the Medical Home for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders