Medical Training & Education in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

Developmental Behavioral Medical Training

DBP Fellowship Program Aims: 

We aim to train future leaders in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics who will be exceptionally prepared for roles they may choose in each of the following areas. 

  • Research: The capacity to mentor research and scholarly projects, obtain extramural research funding and independently contribute to the research literature. 
  • Clinical care: Well prepared to evaluate and treat a broad range of developmental-behavioral conditions and deviations as a consequence of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics training that emphasized conceptualization of the concerns and the management plans based on biological and behavioral science. 
  • Education: Based on receiving a broad exposure to Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics topics and attention to personalized learning goals and wellness, the interdisciplinary training offered across research and clinical area domains prepares well-trained future educators.

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) faculty educate undergraduate students, medical students, residents, fellows, and peers at the University of Michigan and colleagues nationally. Teaching occurs in the classroom, clinical settings and in the context of research. 

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Clinical Rotation for Pediatric Residents and Medical Students:  All pediatric and medicine-pediatric residents participate in a month-long developmental behavioral pediatrics rotation. Fourth year medical students may elect a one-month rotation. The rotation includes clinical experiences in primary and interdisciplinary clinics for evaluation and management of common developmental – behavioral pediatric conditions as listed under the Fellowship description below.  Topic-focused teaching occurs in clinics. Visit the Pediatric Residency Program website for more information about residency programs.

The DBP fellowship is a 3-year, ACGME-accredited program. Fellows receive clinical training in a range of developmental-behavioral conditions, with a focus on ADHD, Autism, Developmental Delay, Elimination Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Fragile X and other genetic conditions, NICU Follow up, School Problems and Sleep Disorders.  Clinical training occurs both in individual and interdisciplinary clinic settings. The University of Michigan Fellowship Training Program is unique in the opportunity to obtain research training in an area of the fellow’s interest.  Graduates of our program are well-prepared to pursue a range of careers paths, but typically pursue faculty positions. Further information is available on our fellowship page.

Collaborative Office Rounds (COR): This federally-funded CME activity focuses on the further education of primary care physicians and trainees by DBP and Child Psychiatry in a group setting using topic and case-based teaching. Twelve to sixteen participants meet two to three times monthly. Further information is available at the Collaborative Office Rounds webpage.