Medical University of South Carolina
Updated: November 2013


Name of Program:

MUSC Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program
Medical University of South Carolina

Program Director:

Michelle M. Macias, MD


135 Rutledge Avenue
MSC 567 Charleston, SC 29245-5670
Phone: 843-876-1516
Fax: 843-876-1518 (fax)


South Carolina ranks 43/50 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: Train DBP fellows in interdisciplinary clinical assessment, preventive care, and treatment of children of diverse cultures with the broad range of DB/mental health variations, problems, and disorders

  • Obj. 1.1: Recruit/train at least 3 ethnically diverse fellows/long term (LT) trainees per year, and provide them with skills needed to assess and treat the broad range of DB disorders; improve the skills of 300 short and medium-term trainees.

Goal 2: Prepare DBP fellows to become culturally competent leaders in the field of DBP.

  • Obj 2.1: Provide year-long course on ASD-ND targeting MCHB leadership competencies.
  • Obj 2.2: Complete Interprofessional Education Institute leadership program by the 2nd year of fellowship.

Goal 3: Provide a DBP research environment to prepare fellows to conduct independent and collaborative research in DBP.

  • Obj 3.1: Complete required research coursework through the MSCR program.
  • Obj 3.2: Develop and complete novel research project with final manuscript product by end of fellowship.

Goal 4: Provide continuing education and technical assistance in DBP across SC

  • Obj, 4.1: Sponsor 2 live CE events, 1 on-line CE event, and 6 learning events per year targeting rural providers.

Goal 5: Improve competency in DBP.

  • Obj 5.1: Provide didactic instruction and clinical experience to allow all trainees to evaluate and treat DB conditions.


At least 3 DBP fellows 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.

HP 2012 Objectives:

Disability and Health (objectives 4, 5, 9, 10, 12-14, 18, 20); 11. Education and Community (objective 12.2); 20. Hearing and Other Sensory or Communication Impairments (objectives 19-23); 26. Maternal, Infant, and Child Health (objectives 29-31); Mental Health and Mental Disability (objectives 6, 11.2)


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


Ongoing internal evaluation through specified data collection methods, including 1) SPSS-based log of clinical and didactic exposures;2) quarterly fellow evaluations; 3) semiannual self-evaluation and faculty evaluation; 4) performance on annual ABP SITE and board certification rates; 5) annual program evaluation; 6) MCH Performance Measures attainment


MUSC DBP Fellowship Training Program will address some of SC's current challenges by preparing culturally competent developmental-behavioral professionals to meet the needs of youth with developmental and behavioral disorders and to become leaders in MCHrelated fields.