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:
Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: Daily shifts of 10-12 hours; one week of 12 hours of night call
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.
- Clinical assessment by faculty
- Completion of required assignments
- Minimum required attendance
- Return of materials
Grading Scale: P/N