Thanks to grant funding from Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, Baylor College of Medicine Section for Transition Medicine is offering a one-year Developmental Medicine Fellowship starting July 1st, 2020. The fellowship aims to train Med-Peds, Family, or Internal Medicine physicians as leaders in the care of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Just as pediatricians have trained in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, our fellows will be experts on the healthcare needs for adults with these conditions. The yearlong fellowship will develop the individual into a national leader and advocate for adults with diagnoses of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, and other conditions associated with intellectual disabilities. This is a new, emerging, and necessary field of training supported by American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) and Special Olympics. A grant through Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities sponsors the fellowship.
The fellow is expected to present a quality improvement project or small research project to a national organization such as AADMD, AUCD, or AACPDM.
EXPERIENCES AS A FELLOW:
Continuity clinic within the Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine Transition Medicine Clinic, which is dedicated to the care of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities. The fellow will work with a multidisciplinary team including six faculty members, social workers, nurse care coordinators, managed Medicaid service coordinator, dentists, behaviorist, gynecologist and several different types of students including medical students, nursing students, social work students, medical assistant students, and a variety of residents and other fellows in different disciplines. The fellow will be expected to lead teams and teach learners.
Specialty services exposure within the adult practice such as Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Genetics, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, and Prosthetics.
Specialty services exposure within the pediatric practice of Spina Bifida Transition Clinic, Complex Care Transition Clinic, and Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics.
Community exposure in mental health services, long-term care services, community living, employment training, day habilitation with expectation to engage in team building opportunity in the community through partnership with the local LEND program.
Additional training provided in Advanced Quality Improvement, Leadership and Advocacy Training, transitions of healthcare, and team building. Additional training to meet the fellow’s specific interest can be tailored to this curriculum.