and Rehabilitation Medicine
Developmental and behavioral issues are central to the practice of pediatrics. One essential goal of the residency program is to help the resident distinguish between normal development with its associated difficulties and delayed or abnormal development. Uconn Department of Pediatrics is fortunate to have a number of experts in child development to help accomplish this goal. The Uconn Pediatric Residency offers multiple venues where teaching about child development occurs – a didactic curriculum as well as case-based discussion during the ambulatory rotations, informal teaching during continuity clinics, and a one month block in the PGY1 year formally devoted to behavior and development. The focus of that rotation is to consolidate knowledge about normal development and to provide additional training in the evaluation of other developmental problems that may confront the pediatrician such as learning disabilities, problems with attention, mental retardation and disorders within the autistic spectrum. In addition, the house officer can choose to participate in a variety of activities, including an audiologic testing, feeding team assessments, chronic pain evaluations, gait lab visits, speech evaluations as well as wheel chair assessments. There are didactic sessions and computer-based learning assignments as well as preceptored experiences with Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric specialists. Knowledge about child development is essential to the practice of pediatrics. Developmental and behavioral pediatric experiences throughout the residency are intended to provide the house officer with both a basic core of knowledge in this area as well as the skills to enable her/him to continue to learn about and utilize developmental and behavioral resources throughout their careers.
and Rehabilitation Medicine Faculty