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DBP Fellowship Application Process

History & Size: Our program received initial accreditation by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education in September of 2018. Thus far, we have been offering a position every other year as we continue to evaluate and develop our program. By 2025, we anticipate that we will be able to offer at least one position every year for the three-year training experience.

How to Apply: We fill our positions utilizing the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), Fall Match. Processing of applications occurs electronically through the American Medical Colleges’ Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We accept applications from candidates who will have completed a residency training in Pediatrics by the Fellowship start date, to enter a 3-year fellowship training program based on the American Board of Pediatric requirements. UT Southwestern only accepts U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or J-1 ECFMG sponsored visas. The medical school does not sponsor H-1B visas.

Holistic Review Process: We seek to interview unique and diverse candidates who will continue to grow and contribute to enriching the quality the offerings within our program and institution. We do not rely on assessment tools that perpetuate structural racism, unearned privilege, and promote bias; we thoughtfully consider the breadth of experiences and clinical and academic performance that would best cultivate a diversity of experience within our program. Review of each candidate incorporates a careful assessment of how the individual might strengthen the overall educational environment. Our faculty reviewers are committed to bias reduction and follow established guidelines to promote a holistic and inclusive interview process.

Approach to Step Exams: Although USLME Step scores will be reviewed during the application review process, this will occur in the context of a holistic study of the applications to identify experiences and characteristics that cannot be fully captured by standardized metrics. We seek well-rounded applicants who will bring a wealth of backgrounds and perspectives to medicine. Given that scores comprise just one element of the application, we have no score cutoff for interview consideration.

Interview Process: Interview invitations will be offered to selected applicants based on our preliminary review of complete applications. Virtual interviews will be held on weekdays during the interview season (September-November). Once applicants receive an interview invitation, interviews will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.


  • July – August: ERAS opens for application submission
  • August: Review of applications by our Educational Committee
  • September – October: Interviews
  • October: Educational Committee will review evaluations of all interviewed applicants and a rank list will be submitted to the NRMP
  • November: Match Day! Formal written offers of a training position are extended after the match date in December

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship

Veronica Meneses, M.D., M.S.H.S.,

Veronica Meneses, M.D., M.S.H.S.,

Associate Professor

Director, Developmental / Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program

Jessica Bluitt

Jessica Bluitt

Coordinator, Developmental / Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program