Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

The Basics

  • Rotation director:  Peter Smith, MD
  • Required four-week rotation for categorical PL-2s and Med-Peds PL-1s

Before Your Rotation


  • Four week rotation Monday- Friday 8AM-5PM
  • Usually do not attend morning report (see specific schedule for details)
  • No inpatient consults, call, or weekend responsibilities if not on sick/jeopardy call

Roles and Responsibilities

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) is a 4-week elective designed for second or third-year residents. There are no prerequisites.

Residents will work with patients in the following clinic settings: Outpatient clinics at Comer II, La Rabida, Illinois Masonic, NorthShore Health Systems, SSC offices of DBP and Child Psychiatry. In addition to an individual schedule, detailed information and directions for each site will be provided on the first day of the rotation.

Supervision is provided by the DBP Attendings, Fellows, and Allied Clinicians. A list of the supervising clinicians and contact information is provided on the first day of the rotation.

Residents on sick or jeopardy call must carry their pagers at all times or appropriately forward this to an appropriate phone number where they can be reached. If activated for sick or jeopardy call, they must contact the director of the rotation to alert them of their absence


During the rotation, the resident is expected to access and read the following educational materials, which will be available to you at the start of the rotation:

  • “SOS!  Help for Parents” by Lynne Clark, PhD
  • “Touchpoints” by T. Berry Brazelton, MD
  • “Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)” by the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • “ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know” by Michael I. Reif
  • “Take Charge of Your Child’s Sleep” by Judith A. Owens and Jodi A. Mindell
  • Kansas Disability Course