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Physician Education in Developmental Disabilities Webinar Series: Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Care

  • Implemented in 2012
  • Submitted by University of South Florida/Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Contact Janet Hess
  • Topic: Transition

Briefly describe the activity and its purpose.

A continuing education recorded module (1 of 12 one-hour online modules) entitled Transition to Adult Care for Individuals with ID/DD was presented as part of the Physician Education in Developmental Disabilities webinar series from the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, which was sponsored by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council.  This particular module focuses specifcally on transitions from pediatric to adult care.

The PEDD Webinar Series is designed to enhance the practice skill of primary care physicians and residents who would like to provide better care to their adult patients with developmental disabilities. Each webinar is accredited by the American Academy of Family Physicians for 1.0 hours of prescribed credit (recognized by the AMA as equivalent to Category 1 credit). The free, 12 credit-hour series is available at

The transition materials included in this submission were collected as part of a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA, grant number R40MC19925. The authors of the transition materials agreed to their inclusion in the toolbox.

What are the expected learning outcomes for trainees?

The learning objectives are as follows:

  • Assess the impact of cognitive and emotional development on a patient's ability to be independent in managing their own health and healthcare
  • Facilitate referrals to educational, vocational and habilitative services
  • Provide anticipatory guidance regarding changes in health insurance during the transition period
  • Address the health system barriers that may impede a patient's ability to be independent in managing their own health and healthcare

Briefly describe any lessons learned or challenges associated with implementing this activity.

In addition to CME for family physicians, the PEDD series is currently being piloted in 10 Family Medicine residency training programs nationally (2 in Florida). The online modules are one component of a multi-level residency education program that includes home visits and training on "Patients with Disabilities as Teachers." Future plans are to expand training for medical students and for other health care providers (nurses, physician's assistant, etc.).

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