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Dept. Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics
University of Texas Medical Branch
Health & Development

A curriculum for pediatric residents to learn
about normal development and health supervision

"Working in continuity practice has become more fun, because now I know what to say." 
                                                                                                                 an enthusiastic intern half-way through the curriculum

This curriculum is designed on the following premises:

  • Pediatric healthcare professionals must understand normal development
    in order to recognize abnormal development.

  • An important role of the pediatric healthcare provider is to assist families in fostering healthy development and promoting health

To that end, this curriculum is designed to give Pediatric Residents time to meet the following general goals:

  1. To learn to screen development for normal and abnormal signs 
  2. To learn to answer parents' questions about health and development 
  3. To develop strategies for helping families foster healthy development
  4. To become more familiar with resources about children's health & development useful for the practitioner and for families.

More specific expected competencies, linked to the ACGME-required competency domains, can be found at the Competencies link on the navigation bar.


Most of you will have face-to-face time scheduled for Orientation.

If you missed this, or want to review, here is a virtual Orientation (be patient while video loads).

link here to tasks for Day One of the rotation

Residents will develop a portfolio of evidence of learning (e.g. emailed submissions, collected drawings, logbook).

Self-paced modules are provided, each with a set of objectives, resources, tasks and questions, accessible from  Age Modules and Topic Modules  on the navigation bar.   Responses for each module are to be e-mailed to faculty for review.   


-  Go here for suggestions on how to submit.  

-  It is recommended that the Age Modules be completed in the first two weeks of the rotation, followed by the Topic modules in the second half of the rotation. 

-  Be careful to avoid plagiarism (i.e. cutting and pasting); instead use your own words or give citations.

Complementary clinical experiences are also assigned.  Details on these can be accessed from Clinical Experiences on the navigation bar.  Reflections on these activities will be submitted.

Residents will have several scheduled face-to-face review sessions with faculty.

Most residents have a scheduled 4-week block for this rotation.  An individualized schedule will be developed , preserving the "usual" weekly Continuity Clinic day. It is recommended that the Age Modules be completed in the first two weeks of the rotation, followed by the Topic modules.

Requirements for successful completion of the rotation and methods of evaluation can be found at Evaluation on the navigation bar.  The following are required:

  • 5 Age Modules and 9 Topic Modules

  • Developmental screening

    1. Reflection: Developmental Screening (be email)

      1. How many Denver II's did you complete?  Provider- Assisted ASQ's

      2. Identify what you have learned about the screening process from this experience.

      3. Given what you now know about the AAP recommendations regarding screening,  and the realities of clinical practice,  what steps do you think pediatric practices might take to better meet the recommendation

    2. Developmental screening log

    3. Denver II scoresheet copies in log

    4. Draw-a-Person's for patients over 3

    5. logging these procedures into New Innovations

  • Pairing with a Pediatrician

  • ECI Reflections

  • Rotation Evaluation

Virginia Niebuhr, Ph.D.
Health & Development Curriculum Director
Univ. Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor

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