Undergraduate and Medical Student Training

Research and internship opportunities

Undergraduates and medical students may participate in internships and/or research experiences with faculty in the division. Faculty members assist students in formulating individualized goals and outcomes. Interested students should explore our faculty profiles and contact any faculty member who they would like to serve as a supervisor.

Developmental Disabilities: From Biology to Policy

This seminar course is offered once every other year as Human Biology 146D and is cross-listed as Pediatrics 246D, open to medical students. Click to access the course description and syllabus.

Diverse Perspectives on Disabilities

This student-initiated course introduces undergraduates to different disabilties and how these disabilities affect the lives of the individuals who have them and also those they know. Listed as Human Biology 25SI, the class meets once a week. Individuals in the Stanford community come to share their experiences about working with patients with disabilties, sharing information on education and treatment. Dr. Heidi Feldman serves as the faculty adviser. Click here for a syllabus.  

Introductory Lecture on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

This lecture is part of the core lecture series for medical students beginning their pediatrics clerkship, usually in their 3rd year of study. The lecture focuses on understanding life cycle and life course theory. Early child development is when the most noticeable change occurs over the shortest duration of time; yet human beings are always changing. Understanding a child’s development means knowing the biological factors that influence growth and also taking into account the psychosocial factors. Life course theory focuses on the latter, showing how social determinants of health early on impact the long-term trajectory of an individual’s wellbeing, sometimes even altering physical outcomes.

Medical Scholars Research 370

Medical Scholars Research 370 is an independent study open to all medical students, who may register for the program with their faculty advisor. Students enrolled get a stipend to do research either on- or off-campus. They typically spend several months full time or longer part-time to complete a project. A faculty mentor assists the students in formulating individualized goals and working toward outcomes. In years past, several students have joined our Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Lab. Research projects culminate in a poster presentation at a Medical Scholars event. We also encourage our students to submit abstracts to national meetings or for publication, (sometimes both). Please contact our DBP Division Director, Heidi Feldman MD PhD, for more information.