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There has been an explosion of new evidence supporting children’s health as a developmental model. However, much of the information—from functional imaging, genetic, and behavior studies—has not yet been introduced into clinical training for medical students and pediatric and family medicine residents. In this study, a working group developed a new case discussion format for residency programs that emphasizes the basic science involved in different developmental stages and in underlying diseases like hyperbilirubinemia and wheezing. In this preliminary report, 26 new case discussions were administered to residents at one site (Wayne State University), with the residents queried both before and after participating in the discussions. Pre-intervention satisfaction was high with the traditional case discussions, and remained high for the new format. The subjective comments accompanying the questionnaires were nearly universally positive, with residents stating preferences for the new format and expressing enthusiasm for learning the basic science underlying the concepts. These data will be pooled with data from other sites and presented in a future report.