Fellowship Program

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program


The Section of Developmental and Behavior Pediatrics (DBP) within the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago is currently in its eighth year as an ACGME-accredited Fellowship in DBP. 

Clinically, the Section of DBP provides interdisciplinary, comprehensive care for children with cognitive, communicative, motor and learning disorders.  The section offers comprehensive neurodevelopmental assessments including visual and auditory assessments in pre-verbal children, communication, cognitive, educational, family, gross motor, fine motor, and oral motor assessments,.  Along with work in the Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago clinics, the section works at several collaborating institutions:

Fellows become members of the interdisciplinary teams at all of these sites, with the Comer Children’s Hospital site serving as the core Fellows’ Continuity Clinic location.  All fellows have call responsibilities (coverage of the virtual DBP 24/7 beeper), but this is at-home call (no in-house overnight call) and each fellow has an increasing amount of protected time to pursue their scholarly activities over the course of the three-year fellowship.  Each fellow’s schedule is customized to their learning objectives.  However, first –year fellows spend most of their clinical time in core DBP rotations, such as rotating in clinics with DBP faculty members and working as members of Early Intervention Medical Diagnostic Teams.  Core DBP clinical activities continue throughout fellowship, but an increasing amount of time is available in the second and third year to spend in experiences with interrelated disciplines such as child and adolescent psychiatry, pediatric neurology, genetics, physiatry, sleep medicine, and NICU follow-up.  Dedicated research time increases in the second and third year. 
Scholarship is expected of all fellows, and there is a strong supporting program to assist each fellow to reach their scholarship goals.  There is a standing Scholarship Oversight committee, comprised of Michael Msall, M.D., the Section Chief, Kruti Acharya, M.D., and Joseph Hageman, M.D., a successful scholar in the areas of community pediatrics. 

The Program Director, Dr. Karin Vander Ploeg Booth, is passionate about educating fellows, residents, and general pediatricians in various aspects of DBP, through her role as clinical preceptor, Fellowship Program Director, and Project ECHO Content Expert. She is a dedicated advocate for children with developmental and behavioral challenges and their families.  

For general questions and application materials please contact:
Lee Brauer
Centralized Fellowship Coordinator
Pediatric Medical Education Office

Karin Vander Ploeg Booth, M.D.
Fellowship Program Director
The University of Chicago - Department of Pediatrics
Woodlawn Social Services Center                                                                                  
950 East 61st Street - SSC
Chicago, Illinois 60637


Applications and Interview Information

Applications for the July 2015 fellow position must be sent through ERAS. The Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship is a part of the NRMP Fall Match Cycle.

To be eligible for the Fellowship Program, the candidate must have an MD/DO degree and the qualifications to obtain a license to practice medicine in the State of Illinois. The candidate must be a Resident in Pediatrics at the PL-2 level or higher at an ACGME accredited program or have completed this training. Upon completion of a Pediatric Residency Program, the candidate must become eligible to take board examinations in Pediatrics offered by the American Board of Pediatrics. For candidates that lack these specific qualifications, such as those applying from outside of the United States, applications may be considered on an individual basis.

Important Dates for Applicants: 

July 1 Applicants Can Submit Materials through ERAS
July 15 Program Begins Reviewing Applications through ERAS
December 3 Rank List Deadline
December 17 Match Day


Applications must include:

  • ERAS application form
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Passport-size photo
  • Transcript
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
  • Three letters of recommendation from medical faculty that are familiar with the candidate’s work in pediatrics and/or research. One letter must be from the Pediatric Residency Program Director.

Your Visit to Chicago and Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago 

Tips for Travel
Please note that the University of Chicago is located in Hyde Park, which is in the South side of Chicago. Please leave ample time, roughly an hour, for travel to and from the airport with Midway being the closest.
The University of Chicago is located about 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, making downtown the most convenient place to stay.
Taxis are readily available; however valet parking is available at the University as well

A Chicago Neighborhood Guide:http://pediatrics.uchicago.edu/chiefs/wellness_neighborhoods.html (link to chiefs page)
We know that traveling the 'Interview Trail' can be exhausting...but we hope that you have the chance to explore the great city of Chicago while you are here.  We are proud to say that Chicago is one of the most vibrant cities in the Midwest.  Please use the links below to help you plan a more intriguing visit:

Where to Stay (http://pediatrics.uchicago.edu/res_howApply_visit_hotel.aspx)


For additional information please contact:

Lee Brauer
Centralized Fellowship Coordinator 
Pediatric Medical Education Office
University of Chicago Medicine
Fax 773.834.0748