Department of Pediatrics - Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship

What Makes Us Unique

Steve Sulkes, M.D., Fellowship Director, Susan Hyman, M.D., NDBP Division Chief, and Tristram Smith, Ph.D, Associate Director of Research
Steve Sulkes, M.D., Fellowship Director, Susan Hyman, M.D., NDBP Division Chief, and Tristram Smith, Ph.D, Associate Director of Research

Excellence in Patient Care and Research

In addition to our busy clinical and didactic programs, the Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is the site of:

Individualized Curriculum

Our curriculum may be modified to meet individual career interests; fellows focus on areas of developmental-behavioral pediatrics as diverse as foster care, immigrant health, NICU follow-up, health care delivery, and/or public health advocacy.

Interdisciplinary Leadership Training

Our fellows receive interdisciplinary leadership training in thirteen professional disciplines related to neurodevelopmental disabilities through the LEND program. We work in close collaboration with nurses, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, speech pathologists, nutritionists, audiologists, educators, and social workers, as well as dentists, orthopedists, urologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and geneticists in the treatment of patients. 

Exceptional Board Pass Rate

Since our Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program became ACGME-accredited, our graduates have achieved a 100% board pass rate.

Research Opportunities

NACHRI recently ranked the Department of Pediatrics 15th in NIH funding based on total dollars awarded, ranking just below Yale University, demonstrating significant research opportunities available to our fellows. The department provides financial support for each fellow to present at one national conference per year. Our fellowship program offers significant time and support for fellows to pursue their research in years 2 and 3

Mentorship

We pride ourselves on the strong guidance and mentorship that our program director and faculty provide our trainees. Mentorship starts at the leadership level with, Nina Schor, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. She takes a personal interest in each fellow and meets quarterly with fellows from our eleven subspecialty training programs to offer mentorship and research guidance.

Continuous Funding

Our DBP and LEND programs have been fully funded for over fifteen years. In addition, the Department of Pediatrics has been awarded multiple T32 training grants, including Dr. Nina Schor’s “Bench to Bedside to Curbside” grant which supports select fellows in translational research endeavors by providing funding, dedicated time for research, and a high level of mentorship.

State-of-the-Art Children’s Hospital 

Starting in 2015, fellows will train in the new Golisano Children’s Hospital, a $145-million building attached to URMC and Strong Memorial Hospital, dedicated solely to children and their families.

The University of Rochester is home of Engel’s Biopsychosocial Model of medicine which emphasizes a comprehensive approach to clinical care for our patients.