Pediatrician disabilities

There has been a proposed update to the training of pediatricians nationwide that could affect children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The change, proposed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which acts as the governing body of all U.S. medical residency training programs, means developmental-behavioral pediatricians would no longer be required to be on the faculty of pediatric residency programs.

Read about the proposal, why it might happen, its potential consequences and much more at Disability Scoop.


These Doctors Admit They Don’t Want Patients With Disabilities, was published in 2022 (The New York Times). The focus is on physical disabilities, but it is eye-opening in a way relevant for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Children with developmental disabilities (DD) often have increased needs for health care and services, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC). A 2014-2018 study from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) found, among other things,  that children with a developmental disability were more likely to take medication, and have seen a medical specialist or mental health provider. (The CDC doesn’t seem to have a recent study that covers I/DD overall.)

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