Andrew Atz, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
The faculty and staff of the MUSC Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics also participate in the training and mentorship of future developmental-behavioral pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and pediatric nurse practitioners. The following is a description of our current training programs:
The MUSC fellowship program in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) is an interdisciplinary training, clinical, and research fellowship encompassing a variety of programs for children, adolescents and young adults with neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems. The fellowship focuses on leadership training of long-term fellows in developmental-behavioral pediatrics, including clinical experience in the variety of specialty clinics in the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics that are staffed by our interdisciplinary team. In addition to subspecialty resident training in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, our center has graduate and post-doctoral students in psychology. This interdisciplinary emphasis provides a rich environment for pediatric fellows to learn about developmental and behavioral issues from many perspectives within a biopsychosocial framework.
DBP fellows also participate in the South Carolina Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities (SC LEND) program, which provides additional interdisciplinary training, preparing future leaders in the field of developmental disabilities. In addition to the SC LEND curriculum, our fellowship program was recently awarded funding from MCHB. MCHB funds 10 Leadership in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Programs to prepare fellows with clinical, research, and leadership skills. This designation places our program in the MCH Training Grantee Network, and reflects our program’s mission to train future leaders in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.
Our developmental-behavioral pediatrics subspecialty fellowship is three years in duration, and includes a total of one year focused on a research/scholarly project, including study of research design and interpretation of data, in addition to clinical and leadership training. Our program offers interested candidates the opportunity to obtain a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR).
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Details:
The Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics provides a rotation in Pediatric Psychology as part of the Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Training Program, an APA-accredited collaborative effort between the Medical University of South Carolina and the Psychology Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The year-long, full-time internship provides training for doctoral-level students enrolled in APA-accredited clinical and counseling psychology programs. The Pediatric Psychology rotation comprises a six-month training experience in evidenced-based assessment of a range of developmental conditions and childhood disorders. Current rotations focus on assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children and adolescents and Developmental Delay in infants and toddlers.
Child Psychiatry fellows in their fourth year of post-graduate training spend three months in our half day multidisciplinary training clinic to provide a comprehensive evaluation for youth with behavioral, academic and adjustment concerns. Neurodevelopmental psychiatry electives in clinical care, community outreach, and neurobiological research are available to medical students, primary care, adult and child psychiatry residents, and other trainees.
The South Carolina Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program is an interdisciplinary training program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). SC LEND aims to train future leaders to improve care for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities by offering fellowships at MUSC, USC, and Greenville Hospital Systems and through continuing education opportunities for professionals across the state.