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Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship

Scholarly Activity

Scholarly activity is a requirement of the requirement of the ACGME. The fellowship program provides training and experience in the fundamentals of conducting research sufficient to facilitate a career in academic medicine. As many fellows subsequently work in private practice, scholarly activity will also prepare fellows for that role.

Scholarly activity may be pursued in:

  • Basic, clinical, or translational biomedicine
  • Health services
  • Quality improvement
  • Bioethics
  • Education
  • Public policy

Developmental-behavioral pediatric fellows can also propose other relevant project topics that require scholarly exploration and analysis.

  • To gain the capacity to conceive, formulate and execute a mentored clinical, translational or basic science research project, which will serve as a basis for a career as an academic neonatologist; or participate in a project of substantive scholarly exploration
  • To identify areas of clinical care that are managed poorly. To develop protocols to address these concerns, ensure that relevant physician and nursing staff are invested in needed improvement and assessing the results of interventions
  • To learn the essentials of data collection and analysis, including the proper use of statistical methodology
  • To learn to write coherently in order to facilitate communication of scientific information in the medical literature
  • To be able to present comfortably in an open forum (research conferences, departmental research presentations, other regional and national meetings, and medical/nursing staff meetings)
  • To be able to explain medical and research issues to nursing and allied health personnel

By the end of training, the DBP fellow will have demonstrated competency in scholarly activity by:

  • Completing the Pediatric Core Curriculum for Subspecialty Residents requirements
  • Presenting research-in-progress at the annual MCHB Fellowship Meeting
  • Submitting original abstracts to:
    • The Department of Pediatrics Annual Fellows’ Research Symposium
    • Regional Pediatric/DBP meetings
    • National Pediatric/DBP meetings (Pediatric Academic Societies, Society for Developmental Pediatrics, International Meeting for Autism Research)
  • Generating specific QI improvements and innovations
  • Generating a specific written scholarly activity work product, mandated by the American Board of Pediatrics, approved by the individual's Scholarly Oversight Committee. Examples include a peer-reviewed publication in which the fellow played a substantial role or an in-depth manuscript describing a completed project

The following are mechanisms to ensure appropriate training and guidance during research rotations:

  • Choice of research mentor, under the guidance of the DBP program director and a subgroup of faculty, based on the fellow's research interests. The research mentor serves on the fellow’s Scholarly Oversight Committee and reports to the program director
  • Scholarly Oversight Committee (see below)
  • Meeting with the program director at regular intervals to review evaluations, personal goals, objectives and progress in the program, both clinically and in research
  • Supplemental sponsored tutorials on statistical analysis, grant writing, research methodology, study design, in conjunction with the Introduction to Clinical Research Course

Review of scholarly (research) activity occurs at the local level. Once a mentor is identified, a Scholarly Oversight Committee is assembled. The committee will:

  • Determine a course of preparation beyond the core fellowship curriculum to ensure successful completion of the project
  • Meet with the fellow early in the training period and regularly thereafter
  • Evaluate progress of the fellow as related to the scholarly activity and identify any difficulties/barriers to success in the scholarly activity
  • Require the fellow to present/defend the project related to the scholarly activity Advise the DBP program director on the progress of the fellow and assess whether the guidelines associated with the requirement for active participation in scholarly activity has been met.
More About the Program

The ACGME-accredited, three-year Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship is funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and a participating site in DBPNet research network. First accredited by the ACGME in 2003, our training program is designed to fulfill the training requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics.


To enhance the overall health and resiliency of children, adolescents and their families by training leaders in developmental behavioral pediatrics.

Program Aims

  • Graduates will understand the developmental, behavioral and psychosocial needs of children and families on an individual as well as public policy level.
  • Graduates will be skilled in collaborating across disciplines and systems of care at local, regional and national levels to provide and promote evidence-based, family centered, culturally competent and compassionate care.
  • Graduates will contribute to advancing knowledge in the prevention and treatment of developmental behavioral disorders through research and teaching.

Get in touch with us

For more information or questions, please contact:

Program Coordinator

Kathleen Angkustsiri, M.D., M.A.S.
Director, Fellowship Training Program

Roger “Scott” Akins, D.O.
Division Chief, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Associate Director, Fellowship Training Program