Dedicated to the legacy of Nancy Packert Shashaty, MD 


The Society for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics is excited to offer the Exploring DBP Program Awards for 2023. This program is a unique opportunity for pediatrics residents, medical students, and second career pediatricians to experience the wide world of the subspecialty of DBP.

2023 Submissions closed June 1.

Awardees will receive funding to attend the SDBP 2023 annual meeting and join enthusiastic, multi-disciplinary attendees at lectures, poster sessions, and social events. In addition to attending the entire annual meeting, there will be several sessions specifically designed for awardees to learn about the field of DBP. Awardees will be paired with either a senior DBP faculty member or a current DBP fellow to guide them through the program and to provide mentorship. Awardees will be able to foster relationships with SDBP members in a fun, relaxed environment!

This program is supported by the family of Dr. Nancy Packert Shashaty, an other-centered developmental-behavioral pediatrician who was dedicated to enhancing the lives of children with disabilities. She was successful in this endeavor because of her kindness, empathy, generosity, intelligence, pragmatism, optimism, humor, and ability to interact with people regardless of their station in life, cultural background, ability to comprehend or degree of fear.

Additional Information:

WHAT: Attend the 2023 SDBP Annual Meeting and specific program sessions
WHEN: September 7th - 11th, 2023
WHERE: Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
APPLICATION: Online submission requires applicant CV upload.

ELIGIBILITY: Pediatric residents, medical students, experienced pediatricians with an interest in pursuing advanced training in developmental-behavioral pediatrics, psychology trainees, or advanced practice clinicians. The program is not available to residents who have already applied or been matched to a DBP fellowship program.

MONETARY SUPPORT PROVIDED: Waived registration fees to attend the SDBP Annual Meeting with targeted DBP Explorer Program Sessions. Selected applicants will also receive partial funding for travel and lodging (this can include funding to cover air travel/ground transportation, and hotel accommodations).

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: In addition to attending the entire Annual Meeting, a suggested schedule will be designed for the awardees who will be paired with a seasoned Developmental-Behavioral pediatrician or a current DBP fellow to guide them through the program. A special networking event to learn about the field of DBP and the application process will also be included, and awardees will be able to foster relationships with SDBP members in a fun and relaxed environment.