The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Training Program is sponsored by the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado). This is a three-year fellowship program approved by the Pediatric Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The program is directed by Sandra Friedman, MD, and is based at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (CU SOM) and Children's Hospital Colorado, both of which opened entirely new facilities in 2007 on one large medical campus in Aurora, Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus. Fellows are supervised by faculty within the Section of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, the Neuroscience Institute at Children’s Colorado, and the Department of Pediatrics at CU SOM.
To qualify for the program one must have completed core training in Pediatrics (three years). We pay particularly close attention to the commitment to scholarship, education, research, and clinical excellence, as well as to the letters of recommendation and career performance records. Trainees will be funded at the CU SOM Department of Pediatrics PL 4-6 salary levels, including an excellent benefits package. Annual vacation, educational and sick leave, health, life disability and malpractice insurance are included in the benefits package.
Our Training Program provides all of the clinical experience necessary to be eligible for certification by the Sub-Board in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. Clinical experiences are broad and emphasize comprehensive assessments and management of a wide range of developmental and behavioral disorders, based on evidence-based practice. All trainees participate fully in the structured activities of the program, including:
Clinical Training occurs primarily at the Developmental Pediatrics Clinic. Fellows also work at other clinical programs within the hospital, as well as community-based training sites.
A tertiary referral center for children with developmental and behavioral disorders throughout the Eastern Rocky Mountain region.
Fellows participate in a variety seminars and didactics in research design, methods, and analysis, offered through the hospital for all pediatric fellows, the Section for DBP fellows, and through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. A research mentor is chosen or selected for each fellow, based on his or her area of interest. Each fellow is supported to develop and implement a scholarly project, with opportunities for additional funding for projects from the hospital or the university-based Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute. Collaborations are possible with researchers from other Sections and Departments within Children’s Colorado and the CU SOM. We are one of 14 Autism Treatment Networks (ATN) in the country, with a number of active research studies in which fellows may also participate.
Faculty Research Interests:
Fellows are provided with a core curriculum of didactic lectures and seminars, as well as clinical conferences. In addition, considerable importance is given to the development of individual learning and scholarship. In addition to a research mentor, each fellow is assigned an advisor to support the learning of core material. Reading assignments and close clinical supervision are integral to the educational program. The fellows also develop teaching skills, through didactics and feedback from faculty. Professional development is provided through use of teaching portfolios and individual learning plans.
The following conferences are an integral component of our program:
|Wednesday, September 22, 2021||Match Opens|
|Wednesday, October 27, 2021||Ranking Opens|
|Wednesday, November 17, 2021||Quota Change Deadline|
|Wednesday, December 1, 2021||Rank Order List Certification Deadline|
|Wednesday, December 15, 2021||MATCH DAY|
Our pediatric fellowships will be conducting virtuals for this upcoming season. We look forward to sharing our programs with you and getting to know more about you. Our planned virtual dates are forthcoming.
If you have questions about the online application and interview process feel free to reach out to our program coordinator.
The NRMP Match day for Fall Medical Specialties is December 12th, therefore, completed applications and letters of recommendation must be received by September 26th. Interviews will be completed by November 29th. Only candidates with US citizenship will be considered.
*International candidates may not apply at this time.
Entry into the fellowship program is typically at the PL-4 level (fourth year post-M.D.) or later. Fellows receive a concurrent appointment of Clinical Fellow at The University of Colorado School of Medicine as they participate in the teaching of medical students.
Applications and inquiries from physicians seeking training elsewhere are always welcome. The Section is particularly interested in applications from highly qualified minority pediatricians. A visit to the Section and its programs will usually provide a comprehensive picture of the Section’s activities, clinical programs and an opportunity to meet with current faculty.
For additional questions or inquiry, please contact:
Department of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Program Coordinator Kimberly Mondragon
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue, B140
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Karen Lee Garay, MD
Medical School: Foreign Medical School
Residency: Tulane School of Medicine Pediatric Residency
Kristen Slaymaker, MD
Jillian Green, MD
|Diversity / Equity / Inclusion|
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