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Child Development

I About The Programme
II Assessment and Evaluation
III Target Audience and Eligibility Requirements
IV Other Information

I About The Programme

Name of Programme

Developmental and Behaviour Paediatrics (DBP) Fellowship


DBP Fellowship is a 12-month training programme run by the faculty of Department of Child Development (DCD). The training in DBP will be enabled through rotation in DCD as well as the other sub-specialties including neurology, Child and Adolescent Mental Wellness Service (CAMWS), genetics, rehabilitation department and others.

For more information on the Department of Child Development, click here.

Aim of Programme

The purpose of the DBP Fellowship is to train paediatricians to:

  • become competent in identification and management of developmental and behavior conditions in children;
  • learn effective advocacy for families and children;
  • participate in audits and research projects (optional).

Duration of Programme

12 months

Number of Training Places

One to two positions per year in January/July

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the training, the DBP Fellow will be competent in the:

  1. identification and management of developmental delays and disorders. This will include the ability to administer and interpret screening tools for evaluating developmental delays, working with the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) and the family to provide a holistic and family centered care, organize and interpret appropriate investigations.
  2. diagnosis and management of specific conditions, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Disorder, ADHD, other externalizing and internalizing conditions as well as co-morbid conditions such as feeding difficulties and sleep problems.
  3. identification of conditions such as tics, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, visual/hearing impairment and their management, including co-management with appropriate specialists.
  4. presentation of cases at departmental teaching sessions/meetings.
  5. participation in departmental audit/research project (optional).

Content Areas

The programme covers the following areas:

  1. Child Developmental Module
  2. Neurodisability Module
  3. Behaviour Paediatrics Module 

Training Methods

This is a hands-on clinical attachment. The DBP Fellow will be rotated to other departments to meet the training competencies including Neurology, CAMWS, Genetics and Rehabilitation departments.

Team of Experts

The Developmental and Behaviour Paediatrics (DBP) Fellowship Programme is managed by the following experts.

A/Prof Lim Sok Bee (Programme Director)
A/Prof Mary Daniel
​A/Prof Winnie Goh
​Dr Sylvia Choo
Dr Wong Chui Mae
​Dr Yeleswarapu Padmini
​Consultant – CAMWS
Consultant – Neurology

II Assessment and Evaluation

Aims of Assessment

Fellows are required to continually demonstrate the following six competencies throughout the programme:

(A) Patient Care

  • Direct supervision, outpatient case summaries

(B) Medical Knowledge

  • Mini-CEX
  • Case-based discussions
  • Direct supervision

(C) Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  • Reflective summaries

(D) Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Direct supervision
  • Multi-source feedback
  • Case-based discussions
  • Attendance at the KKH Communication Skills course

(E) Professionalism

  • Multi-source feedback

(F) Systems-Based Practice

  • Multi-source feedback: Ability to function as part of a multi-disciplinary team

Assessment Approaches

Assessment mode for the programme:

​Type ​Quantity
2 every 3 months >70%
2 every 3 months >70%
1 every 6 months >70%
Appraisal Report including Personal Learning Plan
Once every 6 months
Portfolio Review
Once every 6 months

Evaluation Process

General overall grading system

The general overall grading system evaluates the Fellow’s performance upon completion of the fellowship programme. All Fellows will be given a general overall grading status at the end of the fellowship programme based on the grading criteria requirements incorporating the six competencies based knowledge, skills and performance that Fellows must demonstrate throughout the programme.

Grading Status ​Description ​Grading Criteria Requirements
​Completes the programme
  • More than 80% attendance for all clinical attachments and teaching sessions
  • Completes all modes of assessment achieving 70% of the passing rate (satisfactory and above)
  • Achieves satisfactory multi-source feedback assessment (>70%)
  • Satisfactory appraisal reports
Unsatisfactory performance
  • Poor attendance for the clinical attachments and teaching sessions (<80%)
  • Scoring unsatisfactory for Mini-CEX and CBD
  • Poor multi-source feedback assessment (less than 70%)
  • Poor appraisal reports
  • Consistently demonstrates a poor level of meeting the six competencies
  • Consistently demonstrates poor training skills and patient care
  • Consistently demonstrates a poor professional attitude throughout the programme
  • Demonstrates low level of respect towards advisors and other health professionals
  • Demonstrates a lack of responsibility throughout the programme
​Did not complete the programme
  • Attends less than 50% of the clinical attachments and teaching session. Fails to provide supporting documents as a valid reason for not completing the programme (e.g. medical / hospitalisation leave)
  • Did not complete required modes of assessment
​Withdrawn from the programme
  • Did not complete or attend any part of the programme within two months

*Fellows who have attained a USP grade will not be awarded a certificate of successful completion of the programme.

In the event of serious concerns about the Fellow such as breaking the confidentiality of the patients, the department has the right to terminate the training programme of the individual.

III Target Audience and Eligibility Requirements

Target Audience

Paediatricians who come from developing countries, where the training opportunities in DBP are not available.

Pre-requisite/Eligibility Requirement(s)

Candidates must:

  • have experience in Paediatrics for at least 2 years, post MBBS or an equivalent qualification;
  • have MRCPCH/MMED or an equivalent postgraduate qualification in Paediatrics is preferred;
  • be registered as a medical practitioner in the country currently practicing;
  • be certified to be of good standing by the Medical Council or equivalent organisation in country of practice.

IV Other Information

Course Fees

Course fee will be determined upon application.


Candidates should be self-funded or have funding from external sources/institutions.


A certificate of satisfactory completion of the Fellowship will be provided at the end of the training.