Designing a Child Development Curriculum for Pediatric Residency Training


Expert reports on pediatric graduate medical education mandate that pediatric residency training programs around the country develop competencies in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. There has been little guidance, however, on how to achieve this goal. Guided by Steven Parker, M.D., and Barry Zuckerman, M.D., two leaders in the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics, this project will develop a state-of-the-art, evidence-based curriculum and training approach for pediatric residency programs that addresses early child development. Project staff will critically evaluate and refine the original Healthy Steps curriculum and training approach to reflect new research findings and new priorities for care that have emerged in the last five years. The revised curriculum and training modules will be tested at a new Healthy Steps residency training practice at the Boston University School of Medicine and possibly at other Healthy Steps training sites as well. The project team will also develop a plan for diffusion of the curriculum among primary care teaching practices nationally. If adopted on a large scale, the new curriculum could lead to pediatricians better-equipped to address parental concerns and, ultimately, more comprehensive health care for children.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Boston University School of Medicine
Principal Investigator:
Steven Parker, M.D., and Barry Zuckerman, M.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 10, 2001

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