PED 803 Developmental Pediatrics and Pediatric Rehabilitation, 4 credits

The goal of this course is to increase students' diagnostic management and advocacy skills for children, adolescents, and young adults with developmental disabilities.       

Opportunity for fourth-year medical students with interest in developmental disabilities. Clinical experiences include approaches to children with Down's syndrome, spina bifida, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, feeding disorders, extreme prematurity, limb disorders, birth defects, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, acquired brain injury, and learning and behavior disorders.

Developmental assessment tools for gross and fine motor skills, receptive and expressive language, problem solving, and functional independence will be emphasized. Formulation of developmental diagnosis including determination of genetic and neurologic etiologies will be stressed as well as prioritization of management skills for habilitation, family counseling, and developmental-educational interventions.

Presentation of a clinical topic or review of a clinical management area will be required. Consultation for children in hospital, school, and rehabilitation therapy settings will take place.

By participating in this elective, medical students will better understand the need to combine health, rehabilitation, and advocacy approaches to optimize the outcomes of individuals with disabilities.

Prerequisite: MS4 or MS3 who has successfully completed PED 700. 

Modules: A-K  Blocks: 1-4

Number of students: 1

Course Instructors: Melissa Azaula, MD; Dennis Nadler, MD; Michelle Hartley-McAndrew, MD

Course Coordinator: Sue Quirk