Adults with developmental disabilities are medically underserved, and too often, many of their health needs go unmet. The barriers to receiving appropriate health care are many, but lack of formal training leaves the adult health care physicians feeling uncomfortable caring for individuals with developmental disabilities. The Transition Medicine Clinic has developed a one-year-long fellowship in adult developmental medicine for physicians trained in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or combined Medicine-Pediatrics. The fellows’ curriculum includes appropriate medical care for patients with IDD, advocacy/ leadership training and knowledge of community supports. Adult Developmental Medicine is a new and emerging expertise and the Transition Medicine Clinic is leading the effort developing this new training program.
The Transition Medicine Clinic is one of the first clinics to serve several different patient populations with IDD including but not limited to Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and genetic syndromes, including Down syndrome, Rett syndrome, Williams syndrome, DiGeorge syndrome, Smith-Magenis syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome and Angelman syndrome. As the adult populations with these specific diseases grow, our knowledge also improves and drives development of appropriate healthcare guidelines and delivery of evidence-based medical care. The Transition Medicine Clinic is also involved in many ongoing research projects around transition of care, care coordination and behavioral health. Numerous faculty members are active nationally in leadership roles and on advisory councils with American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group, Spina Bifida Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians and Special Olympics. The Transition Medicine Section is positioned to be a leader in the field of Adult Developmental Medicine through education, research and delivery of high quality health care.
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Cynthia Peacock, M.D.
Chief, Section of Transition Medicine