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new study from
Manuel Jimenez, MD, MS
, as-
sistant professor of pediatrics, and family medicine and
community health, has identified that the wait to see a
developmental and behavioral pediatrician--
only 1,000 of whom exist nationally--is nearly
six months. In addition, the study found that
there is an insufficient number of developmental
pediatric programs that offer accommodations
for non- English-speaking families.
Published in the Journal of Developmental &
Behavioral Pediatrics
, the study explored the barriers to
obtaining an appointment for an initial evaluation after
finding no documented evidence on the subject. Mem-
bers of the research team posed as "mystery shoppers,"
calling specialized developmental pediatric programs as-
sociated with children's hospitals across the country to
request an appointment. Of the 140 unique programs
that were called, 75 provided a wait time with an aver-
age of nearly five and a half months. Among these, 62
were reached in Spanish within a 24-hour period of the
initial call. Only 55 percent offered a wait time estimate
and nearly one-third did not offer any Spanish-language
services for the caller.
Dr. Jimenez, who also is an attending devel-
opmental and behavioral pediatrician at PSE&G
Children's Specialized Hospital, emphasized that
more work is needed to identify strategies that
provide better access to all children who are in
need of specialized services, as developmental
and behavioral problems are among the most
prevalent health concerns faced by children.
Along with Dr. Jimenez, the research team included
Emmanuel M. Alcaraz
, a student in the MD/PhD
program at the medical school;
Jerome Williams,
, Distinguished Professor and Prudential Chair in
Business, Rutgers Business School; and
Brian L. Strom,
, chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health
Sciences. Dr. Jimenez's work is supported by the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical
Faculty Development Program.
Study Finds Long Wait Times, Language
Barriers Limit Access for Children with
Developmental Disorders
Rutgers Day
pril 29,
Robert Wood Johnson Medical
participated in
Rutgers Day
more than 103,000 visitors and community
members joined in festivities in New Brunswick,
Newark, and Camden. The medical school had
more than a dozen programs represented and
engaged the community in health, sciences, and
research activities.
Manuel Jimenez,
John Emerson
Above: Members of the Department of
Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive
Sciences team.
Left: George Batsides, MD
(standing), with Guarav Gupta, MD.
Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation Awards
More Than $380,000 to
Support CF Center
abiha Hussain, MD
, assistant pro-
fessor of medicine and director of the
adult CF program, and
Thomas Scanlin,
, professor of pediatrics, chief of the
division of pediatric pulmonary medicine
and Cystic Fibrosis Center director, re-
ceived a three-year clinical service grant
totaling $168,480 from the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation (CFF) to provide pharmacy
support to the CF Center, which is part of
the medical school's Department of
Dr. Scanlin also
received three one-
year awards from the
foundation totaling
$212,335 to support
the Cystic Fibrosis
Center, the Therapeu-
tic Development
Center, and the PI
Protected Effort to
improve research
The CF Center, one
of only three Level III CF centers in the
state that is accredited by the Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation and one of only 96
accredited programs nationwide serving
adults with CF, has consistently ranked
among the best programs in the nation
for lung function and nutrition status in
individuals with CF. It is also a recipient of
the CFF's Quality Care Award.
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