PED 7501

Pediatric Clerkship


Alexandra Behrend
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered



Catalog Description: The Pediatric 7501 clerkship is designed to provide basic pediatric skills and knowledge necessary for all students, no matter what field of medicine they select. Students will develop a basic understanding of normal growth and development, the influence of the environment on health, the impact of hospitalization on the child/family unit, and basic principles of common diseases affecting children. Students will be assigned patients on wards and, at some sites, newborn nurseries. Teaching rounds and conferences will review work-ups, discuss problems, and evaluate progress.

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Required session attendance: Orientation, Chief Block Education (unless noted by sites)

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: Daily shifts of 10-12 hours; night call is site dependent

Direct patient care: Yes

Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling 

Course Objectives: To enable the student to:

  • learn a body of medical information about infants, children and adolescents which will provide a foundation for their medical careers;
  • foster the development of sound professional attitudes, including integrity, a commitment to patients/families, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, and to stimulate a commitment to continuing education;
  • observe skillfully and analyze the behavior of children and their families; and
  • develop differential diagnoses and clinical decision-making based on accurate history and physical examination.

The student will be able to:

  • communicate effectively and empathetically with children and their families, regardless of ethnic or socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • utilize effective interviewing techniques necessary for obtaining an organized and complete pediatric history;
  • conduct and record a thorough and accurate physical examination;
  • develop accurate and complete problem lists, assessments, and plans;
  • use information obtained from clinical sources (history, physical, laboratory, and chart) and pediatric literature to make clinical decisions;
  • perform various common pediatric procedures under supervision of resident and staff;
  • monitor effectively and efficiently the hospitalized patient (under supervision of resident and attending physician);
  • present his/her patient during rounds or case conferences in an efficient, organized, and thorough manner;
  • appreciate the importance of psychosocial and environmental influences on children and their families;
  • demonstrate the importance of effective cooperation between physicians, nurses, and other professionals, and consistently show appropriate professional appearance and conduct; and
  • develop an understanding of the pathophysiology of common pediatric diseases.

Graded Components: 

  • Clinical assessment by faculty
  • Professionalism
  • Completion of required assignments
  • Minimum required attendance
  • Return of materials

Grading Scale: P/N

Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Course equivalency: INMD 7206 (RPAP), INMD 7219 (MetroPAP), INMD 7417 (EPAC), INMD 7356 (HeLIX), INMD 7713 (FLIIC)