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Academic Curriculum

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship

Our academic curriculum provides a broad range of experiences for the fellow in order to prepare them for an academic career in developmental-behavioral pediatrics.

Core Curriculum Didactic Series

Monthly two-hour didactic sessions covering topics to assist the fellow in preparation for board certification in developmental-behavioral pediatrics.

Fellowship Common Curriculum

Monthly one-hour didactic sessions covering topics common to first-year fellows in all fellowship programs at Children's Mercy to include quality improvement, teaching, ethics, and communication.


Fellowship Community Lunch and Learn Sessions

Informal lunches that provide a forum for presentation and discussion of topics that are not presented as part of another education series but are relevant to fellows of many subspecialties. Topics many include financial planning, interviewing skills, test taking strategies, development of a professional curriculum vitae (CV), and/or fellow wellness.

Biostatistics Course

Monthly didactic and discussion session for fellows in all fellowship programs. The fellow will complete this 12-month course during either the first or second year.

Psychology Didactics

The fellow attends this didactic series 2-3 times monthly. Topics include empirically-validated treatments, conversion disorder, diversity issues, functional behavioral analysis, gender development, management of chronic pain and traumatic brain injury.

Journal Club

Monthly review of a recent publication in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. This conference is attended by developmental-behavioral and psychiatry faculty, fellows, and nurses within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Health.

Regional and National Meetings

Fellows are encouraged to attend regional and national meetings including, but not limited to, the annual meetings of Midwest Society of Pediatric Research, Pediatric Academic Societies, and Society for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.