Nathan Blum, MD
Division of Child Development and Rehabilitation
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3550 Market Street – 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Many of the health problems facing our country are strongly related to developmental and biopsychosocial problems. This program trains future leaders in developmental-behavioral pediatrics (DBP) to assist children and families and improve systems of care for these problems.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
Goal: Recruit diverse trainees who show promise in becoming MCH leaders. Obj 1: Recruit 1-2 fellows per year and maintain a diverse group of fellows across the 3 year fellowship program.
Goal: Prepare fellows with the knowledge, and skills necessary to integrate interdisciplinary services in the care of children and families. Obj 1: Fellows will have multiple interdisciplinary experiences during the 1st year. Obj 2 : Fellow will develop and implement a community-based project. Goal: Prepare fellows with the professionalism, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide family centered and culturally competent care. Obj 1: Fellow completes a course on providing culturally and linguistically competent care during the 1st year of training. Obj 2: Parents of children with special needs teach fellows about family centered-care throughout the 1st year of training. Goal: Prepare fellows with a broad understanding of public health including the Life Course Model and the leadership skills to implement systems change. Obj 1: Fellow completes an advocacy activity by end of year 1. Obj 2: By end of training fellow has given presentations across diverse settings. Goal: Prepare fellows with the scholarship and leadership skills essential to advance DBP. Obj 1: During the 1st year of training fellows are provided training on research design, ethics, and data analysis. Obj 2: By the end of training, fellow will complete research project and present results. Goal: Prepare pediatric residents with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively screen for, provide anticipatory guidance, assess, and manage DBP problems. Obj 1: Over the 3-year training, provide supervised clinical experiences in DBP. Obj 2: In year 1 the resident will visit schools and community-based agencies to better understand the role of these organizations in the care of children.
We provide: 1) an extensive interdisciplinary didactic curriculum; 2)mentored DBP and interdisciplinary clinical training in the provision of family-centered and culturally competent care across venues; 3) structured teaching experiences; 4) mentored research training; 5) consultation to Title V funded programs and community agencies; 6) advocacy experiences.
DH-5, DH-9, DH-16, DH-20, MHMD-1, MHMD-11, MICH-29, MICH-31. COORDINATION: Our trainees participate in educational programs on legal rights and advocacy sponsored by community-based organizations. Fellows and faculty provide care in Title V funded clinical programs and provide consultation to these programs and community-based agencies.
Evaluation methodologies include: self-assessment by trainees, a log documenting breadth and depth of clinical experiences, and direct observation of trainee performance. Fellows
complete a Core Competency and a Autism Competency Measure before and after training. Other indices include ratings of faculty performance by trainees, presentation of abstracts, manuscripts, the development and dissemination of educational resources, and tracking of career paths of trainees.
Many of the health problems facing our country are strongly related to developmental and biopsychosocial problems. We aim to improve the health of children and families by preparing outstanding pediatricians for leadership positions in DBP. Training is provided to fellows, residents, medical students, and primary care practitioners using instructional methodologies such as: lectures, seminars, and supervision in clinical, educational, and research settings.