Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program

Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program

Our three-year fellowship is an ACGME accredited program whose purpose is to prepare fellows in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics for patient care, teaching, research and scholarship, leadership and advocacy.  Our program is located in the Weisskopf Center which was established in 1966 and provides state of the art interdisciplinary diagnostic and treatment services for children with developmental and genetic disorders. Our faculty and clinicians include Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and social workers.

Fellows receive exceptional clinical training in our rich interdisciplinary environment.  They will provide evaluation and care for children with a range of developmental and behavioral conditions such as autism, developmental delay, feeding disorders, learning disability, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Tourette’s disorder, behavior and mood disorders, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The fellow who successfully completes the fellowship will be eligible for board certification in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.  Fellowship goals will be achieved through clinical experiences, regular conferences and didactic sessions, and self-directed study.  Additional experience is available through the Clinical Research, Epidemiology and Statistics Training (CREST) Program in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences which involves 25 hours of course work completed over 3 years and leads to a Master of Science in Epidemiology-Clinical Investigation Sciences.

Our training program consists of a comprehensive clinical experience in the first year, primarily based at the Weisskopf Center and also including rotations with other divisions such as genetics, child neurology, and child & adolescent psychiatry.  The fellow continues in advanced clinical and leadership training during the 2nd and 3rd years.  The fellow will also select a research project to which increasing time is allotted over the course of the 3 year program.   In addition, as discussed above, the fellow may choose to complete course work in the CREST Program.

Goals & Objectives

Our fellows will:

  • Demonstrate clinical skills in developmental and behavioral pediatrics.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of developmental and behavioral pediatrics, and the ability to retrieve and utilize biomedical information to inform problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate ability to investigate and evaluate patient care practices, identify gaps in knowledge, and assimilate scientific evidence in order to improve patient care practices
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills to effectively exchange information and work together with patients, families, and associates.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adhering to ethical principles, and being sensitive to patient diversity.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide optimal care.
  • Demonstrate understanding of principles of research; engage in critical evaluation of ongoing research projects and of pertinent medical literature; and develop and implement a research project, which will culminate in presentation of results and submission for publication.

Benefits

To view University of Louisville’s Graduate Medical Education benefits, please click here  http://louisville.edu/medicine/gme/incoming-residents

Application Process

Eligibility

  • Candidates for this position must have already completed, or be in the final year of, a 3 year Pediatrics Residency program in the United States that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), or in Canada that is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
  • Applicants should be board-eligible or board-certified in Pediatrics.
  • Applicants must have passed Step 3 of the USMLE or COMPLEX.
  • Applicants who are international graduates must be ECFMG certified.  Residents/fellows beginning training must have either a J-1 Clinical Visa, permanent residence in the United States or be a citizen of the United States.

ERAS

Applications will be accepted through The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

NRMP Match

Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  Additional information about the match is available at on the NRMP website at http://www.nrmp.org/.

Interviews

Following review of applications, we will contact applicants who meet eligibility criteria and appear to be appropriate for our program, in order to schedule an interview.

Contact us

Wendy Hilton
Program Coordinator
571 South Floyd Street  Suite 100
Louisville, KY  40202-3828
wjhilt01@louisville.edu
Phone: 502-588-0893
Fax: 502-588-0854

Lisa T. Craft, M.D.
Program Director
lisa.craft@louisville.edu