Children’s Normal Development Clinic Rotation

The Normal Development Clinic is an outpatient clinic designed to meet the special post-discharge needs of infants cared for in the Parkland Memorial Hospital’s Special Care Nursery. Among its responsibilities, the clinic:

  • Provides comprehensive primary care during the first three years of life for infants born primarily at Parkland Memorial Hospital
  • Assesses and manages a broad spectrum of acute and chronic medical problems, addresses key psychosocial issues
  • Assesses neurodevelopmental progress through formal, standardized evaluations, and provides routine preventive care
  • Provides intensive education
  • Refers patients to early childhood intervention and social services
  • Coordinates care with subspecialty clinics where needed

As one of 15 sites in the Neonatal Research Network of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the clinic is involved in a broad range of national studies. It also participates in a national perinatal project with the UT Southwestern Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

During your rotation at the NDC, you will be able to observe normally developing infants and their teen parents. The clinic receives approximately 10-15 visits per day and 2,500 visits annually, involving a patient population of about 400 infants and their families.