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Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Elective Number: 2415 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisor: Valentina Intagliata, MD

Duration: min 2 weeks/max 4 weeks

Available: all Rotations (email Dr. Intagliata if interested in rotation)

Time to Report: 8:00 am

Place to Report: Battle Building 4th & 5th Floors

Typical Day: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm [no call or weekend hours]

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation: 1

Course Description: The student will act as the primary physician (intern) in the Developmental Pediatrics Clinic under the direction of the clinic faculty physician. Responsibilities will include developmental assessment, general medical evaluation, interdisciplinary team leadership, and parent counseling. Attendance at the weekly teaching conference is expected. This elective is best suited for the student interested in family practice, pediatrics, psychiatry, or neurology to learn normal and abnormal child development, to refine one's neurologic examination of children, to appreciate the multidisciplinary approach to children with disabilities, and to broaden one's knowledge of general pediatrics. There will be no night or weekend call or weekend rounds.


Learning Objectives:
1. Master key normal developmental milestones, in all streams of development, for infants and young children:
a. Language (expressive and receptive)
b. Motor (fine and gross)
c. Cognitive/problem-solving
d. Social-emotional/adaptive

2. Master recognition of “red flags” for abnormal development.

3. Recognize and manage common developmental issues, including:
a. ADHD
b. Language delay
c. Autism spectrum disorder
d. Cerebral palsy
e. Global developmental delay

4. Become more familiar with the complexity of social issues that directly and indirectly impact the health and welfare of children.

5. Improve communication/interpersonal skills and demonstrate professionalism necessary to develop effective working relationships with patients, families and colleagues.

6. Refine history-taking and physical examination skills as they relate to pediatric patients.