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Fellowship in Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

The fellowship program in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) at Cohen Children’s Medical Center is affiliated with the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. We currently train three fellows at a time, with one new fellow being admitted to the program each year. Through ERAS, we are now accepting applications for the 2018 position.

As in the past, we expect the application process to be very competitive. We are seeking individuals who can make the most of spending three years in our program, who will be successful in achieving board certification in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, and who will have a long, productive career practicing in and contributing to the field. All starting fellows must be board eligible or certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and, therefore, must have completed an ACGME-approved residency in Pediatrics.

Although we do accept and consider applications from individuals with J1 or H1B visas who may have attended an international medical school, one of the main goals of our training program is to increase access to developmental and behavioral pediatricians in the U.S. Applicants who provide evidence of superior communication and interpersonal skills, and who have demonstrated some academic (teaching and/or clinical research) talent will be at an advantage.

For more information about our fellowship and the environment in which you will train, please download our brochure.

All application materials should be submitted through ERAS. These should include a personal statement describing how your interest in developmental and behavioral pediatrics evolved and how you envision using your training in DBP in the future. We also request three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from your residency program director and a second letter should be from another faculty mentor in your residency program. 

When your application is complete, we will determine whether a personal interview will be helpful to your application. Personal interviews (one applicant per available date) will be conducted from September through November. Based on past experience, we do not expect to be able to interview all applicants.

Throughout the process, please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have at [email protected] or contact our program coordinator, Marcia White, at [email protected]. More information about our fellowship can be found in the attached brochure.

Sincerely,

David L Meryash, MD
Program Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics


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Application process

Applicants interested in the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in general pediatrics is mandatory for admission to this program.

We participate in the NRMP matching program. If you are applying to our program you must register for the NRMP match. In order for us to meet the NRMP deadlines, we must (through ERAS) have your complete application with all materials listed below by September 30.

Essential application information includes:

  • Universal application
  • Personal statement
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be less than six (6) months old.
    • One letter should be from your residency program director. ​
    • Second letter should be from another faculty mentor in your residency program
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Updated curriculum vitae

Only applicants who have passed USMLE examination STEP 1 and 2 on the first attempt should apply. Only completed applications with all supporting documentation will be reviewed. 

Faculty

Program director

David L. Meryash, MD

Specialties: Developmental / Behavioral Peds, Neurodevelopmental Disability, Pediatrics, Medical Genetics

Additional faculty

Andrew Robert Adesman, MD

Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Developmental / Behavioral Peds, Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental Disability

Alyson H. Gutman, MD

Specialties: Developmental / Behavioral Peds, Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental Disability

Ruth Lynn Milanaik, DO

Specialties: Developmental / Behavioral Peds, Pediatrics

Tina Mathias Narayan, MD

Specialties: Child Neurology, Pediatrics

Helen Papaioannou, MD

Specialties: Developmental / Behavioral Peds, Pediatrics

Ruee Huang, MD

Specialties: Developmental / Behavioral Peds, Pediatrics

Victoria Chen, MD

Specialties: Developmental / Behavioral Peds, Pediatrics

Nili Elana Major, MD

Specialties: Developmental / Behavioral Peds, Pediatrics

Anna Krevskaya, MD

Specialties: Developmental / Behavioral Peds, Pediatrics