The goals of our Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric (DBP) fellowship training program include: 1. to provide fellows with exemplary training in the knowledge base needed in order to be competent DBPs, and to train them to share that knowledge with others through teaching; 2, to train fellows to be active and professional participants in interdisciplinary clinical care, providing quality care to patients that is culturally sensitive and family- centered;Group shot of fellows 3. to train fellows in the foundations of research, so that they can be effective researchers themselves and also critically analyze the literature in order to improve their own life-long practice of DBP medicine; and 4. to train fellows in the awareness of the larger community in which they practice, training them to be future leaders in the field of DBP and champion advocates for children, particularly vulnerable populations.

The majority of clinical experience for fellows occurs at the James L. Dennis Developmental Center, a regional referral center for diagnostic assessments of developmental and behavioral concerns in children from infancy to adolescence. Diagnoses encountered in that clinical setting include (but are not limited to) autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning impairments, developmental delays, intellectual disability, and disruptive behaviors. Fellows also spend time in clinics staffed by the Section of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), which include Growth and Development Clinic, Complex Care Clinic, and High Risk Newborn Follow Up Clinic, along with other subspecialty clinics staffed by associated disciplines such as Genetics, Pediatric Habilitation, Neurology, Psychiatry and Adolescent Clinic on the campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH).

Two fellows at a conferenceThe Section of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics is involved in several community-based programs that allow fellows additional experience. This includes the provision of medical coverage for the Project for Adolescent and Child Evaluation Foster Care Program, the Leadership Education for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training program, and the outreach clinics across the state at various developmental day treatment centers (DDTCS) for children.

Gradually more time per year is devoted to research throughout the three year program. Each fellow develops a Scholarship Oversight committee, consisting of faculty that assist the fellow in developing and implementing a research project, with the goal of presenting this project regionally or nationally and having a manuscript or other ABP-approved scholarly work product for submission by the end of training.