The DeLoache Fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Prisma Health (formerly known as Greenville Health System) is a three-year ACGME accredited training program that offers a wide range of training, research and community outreach opportunities. First-year fellows also participate in the South Carolina LEND (Leadership Education in Autism and Related Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and leadership. The Fellowship program is part of the dynamic and rapidly expanding Children’s Hospital in a vibrant community where faculty are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and experience as well as developing innovative programs.
Our fellows work closely with the seven board certified developmental-behavioral pediatricians and six doctoral-level psychologists on the faculty. Our clinical staff also includes six developmental pediatric nurse practitioners and three social workers. Fellows participate in multispecialty clinics including the Neuro-Developmental-Genetics Clinic, Rett Clinic, and a Neuro-Motor Disorders and Tone Clinic.
The division receives over 2,000 new referrals each year for the evaluation of children with a wide range of developmental and behavioral concerns and fellows are assured of the opportunity to manage a variety of complex and challenging patients with an active NICU and Drug Exposed Babies Follow Up Clinic.
We have a comprehensive interdisciplinary program for autism diagnosis and work closely with community agencies providing therapeutic and behavioral services and family support.
The Fellowship is designed to provide increasing levels of clinical responsibility, beginning with a focus on infants, toddlers and preschool children in the first year and advancing to school-age children and adolescents in the second year. The fellows spend clinical time during the first year at the Center for Developmental Services (CDS), a unique co-location of agencies serving preschool-aged children. This allows close interaction with the local school district, early intervention agencies and a family mentoring program.
The Children’s Hospital’s pediatric developmental therapies group (with over 40 therapists) is also housed at CDS, as well as a unique therapeutic day care program for medically fragile children. In addition to these clinical activities, there are many opportunities for developing skills in teaching and research. Prisma Health is an academic health center with a robust array of interprofessional health care workforce development activities, and a rapidly growing research portfolio that focuses on translational and health services delivery research addressing the challenges of population health.
The Pediatric and Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency programs at the Children’s Hospital consistently attract residents of the highest caliber and our fellows are actively involved in their teaching as well as presenting at our annual regional continuing medical education conference. Fellows also instruct medical students from the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine Greenville. Fellows receive didactic instruction and practical training in research principles through the Clinical and Translational Research Graduate Certificate course offered by the Clemson University Department of Public Health Sciences and Prisma Health. Participation as SC LEND trainees in the statewide training program in partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the USC School of Medicine in Columbia, greatly expands the educational and research opportunities for our trainees across the state. The Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics is a leader in community outreach in the region and the state.
We are at the forefront of the national replication of the Help Me Grow system for early identification of developmental and behavioral concerns and linkage of children and families to appropriate community-based resources. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with community agencies and strengthen their advocacy skills through interaction with Prisma Health Children’s Hospital Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health and Advocacy and with the Institute for Child Success, which is a research and policy think tank focused on child development and school readiness.
Thus, in addition to the appeal of Greenville, with its scenic attractions, mild climate and positive lifestyle, the Fellowship provides a well-rounded and flexible training experience that will prepare our graduates to be leaders in our subspecialty.
Karen Ratliff-Schaub, M.D.
Medical Director, Department of Pediatrics
Program Director, DeLoache Fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics