The DeLoache Fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of the Greenville Health System is a 3-year ACGME accredited training program that offers a wide range of training, research, and community outreach opportunities. We have recently attained the status of being a LEND (Leadership Education in Autism and Related Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and leadership. The program is part of the dynamic and rapidly expanding Children’s Hospital in a vibrant community where faculty are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and experience as well as developing innovative programs.
Our fellows have close contact with the 6 board certified developmental-behavioral pediatricians and 6 doctoral-level psychologists on the faculty. Our clinical staff also includes 6 developmental pediatric nurse practitioners and 3 social workers. The Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics is part of the Gardner Family Center for Developing Minds along with Pediatric Neurology, and collaborates closely with Psychiatry and the Greenwood Genetics Center. Rotations are scheduled with these disciplines and with Orthopaedics (a Shriners Hospital for Children is co-located on the Greenville Memorial Hospital campus) as well as electives with other subspecialties such as pediatric sleep medicine, depending on the interests of the trainee.
The division receives over 2,000 new referrals each year for the evaluation of children with a wide range of developmental and behavioral concerns and fellows are assured of the opportunity to manage a variety of complex and challenging patients. The Fellowship is designed to provide increasing levels of clinical responsibility, beginning with a focus on infants, toddlers and preschool children, and advancing to school-age children and adolescents in the second year. The fellows spend clinical time during the first year at the Center for Developmental Services (CDS), a unique co-location of agencies serving preschool-aged children. This allows close interaction with the local school district, early intervention agencies, NICU follow-up, and a family mentoring program. The Children’s Hospital’s pediatric developmental therapies group (with over 40 therapists) is also housed at CDS as well as a unique day care program for medically fragile children.
In addition to these clinical opportunities, there are many opportunities for developing skills in teaching and research. The Pediatric and Internal Medicine-Pediatric residency programs at the Children’s Hospital consistently attract residents of the highest caliber and our fellows are actively involved in their teaching as well as presenting at our annual regional continuing medical education conference. Fellows also instruct medical students from the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine – Columbia. The opening of the USC School of Medicine – Greenville on our campus in the summer of 2012 will greatly increase the infrastructure and support for scholarly activities of our fellows. There are already multiple opportunities for research with support of the Schools of Public Health, Social Work and Education at USC. We are also currently recruiting for an endowed chair in Childhood Neurotherapeutics who will be conducting translational research in our division. Our recent designation as a member of SC LEND (a statewide training program in partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the USC School of Medicine in Columbia) greatly expands the educational and research opportunities for our trainees across the state.
The Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics is a leader in community outreach in the region and the state with a focus on promoting healthy child development and early identification and intervention for children with developmental problems. We are at the forefront of the national replication of the Help Me Grow system that was developed in Connecticut. This program supports networking among community providers and a centralized call center to link children with developmental and behavioral problems and their families with needed services. Fellows will have an opportunity to be involved with this project or others in the community.
Thus, in addition to the appeal of Greenville, with its scenic attractions, mild climate and positive lifestyle, the Fellowship provides a well-rounded and flexible training experience that will prepare our graduates to be leaders in our subspecialty.
Desmond P. Kelly, M.D.
Vice Chair of Academics, Department of Pediatrics
Program Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship