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Goals and Training Timeline

The section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics offers an ACGME accredited fellowship with the following goals: 

  • Training outstanding academic developmental and behavioral pediatricians who will be future leaders in the field
  • Developing fellows’ advocacy skills, teaching experience, leadership skills and research accomplishments in the area of developmental and behavioral pediatrics
  • Improving systems of care for children, youth, adolescents, and their families
  • Preparing trainees to attain board certification in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

The provided training is broad and inter-disciplinary in scope and includes a strong faculty, diverse patient population, superb research training opportunities, and numerous educational and advocacy experiences.  The program is under the direction of Laura McGuinn, MD and Mark Wolraich, MD. 


Year 1:

  • Primarily clinical in nature to learn about a broad range of developmental and behavioral pediatric conditions
  • Participation in LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities)
  • Weekly participation in the Common Core Curriculum course, a seminar series for Pediatric first year fellows in a variety of subspecialties that covers ACGME common core curriculum for fellows and provides knowledge and practice with various aspects of engaging in scholarly work

Year 2:

  • Development of fellow’s research interest and project
  • Continued participation in clinical activities and electives
  • Participation in ITP (Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect)
  • Option to pursue a Masters in Clinical and Translation Science (MS-CTS) through the OU College of Public Health (2-year program)

Year 3:

  • Majority of time devoted to conduction and completion of research project
  • Leadership role for other trainees with exposure to administrative functions
  • Continued classwork if pursuing a Master’s degree and completion of thesis project

In addition, all fellows participate in on-going activities of the Pediatric Section within the division, such as weekly Grand Rounds, supervising house staff in their assessments of children with developmental and behavioral concerns, and giving teaching presentations to residents, medical students and other graduate students. 

Interdisciplinary Leadership Training

  • The LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) program is an essential component of the first year of training and is an interdisciplinary training program funded by the MCHB.  The Oklahoma LEND Program prepares students for leadership roles as professionals with interdisciplinary skills to support community-based partnerships with professional colleagues, clients, and families.   First year fellows will participate in weekly facilitated discussions with other LEND students on core developmental disability topics to further develop excellence in clinical care and teaching.
  • The ITP (Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect) program provides specialized training in clinical practice, prevention, policy formation, child advocacy, research and administration in the field of child abuse and neglect.  Second year fellows attend weekly lectures with other ITP students and participate in practicum experiences including a mock trial at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Court.  The goal of the program is to develop informed professionals who will provide leadership in practice, policy, and research within the field of child abuse and neglect.