PED 7538

Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition


Ashley King
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered


Catalog Description: Students on the Pediatric Gastroenterology Rotation will round on the inpatient Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition service. They also have the opportunity to perform consults in the hospital and attend procedures (endoscopy and colonoscopy) and outpatient clinic. Conferences include pediatric gastroenterology clinical conferences, and surgery/radiology teaching conferences. The goals are to develop an approach to abdominal pain,  constipation, failure to thrive, nutrition, needs of normal and sick children, hepatitis, cholestatic disorders, diarrhea, and vomiting.


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M Health Fairview Masonic Children's Hospital


Required session attendance: Does not apply

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: Mostly M-F, 7:30am-5:00pm, though students can choose to work weekends as well, as long as it fits with the medical school work hour policy.

The schedule starts with inpatient rounding in the morning and then afternoons are a combination of caring for patients on the inpatient service, consultations, procedures, and outpatient clinic.

On Thursday after rounds students attend Clinical/Academic weekly meeting.

Independent Learning Time for this rotation is schedule on two Friday afternoons of the month that correlate with Pediatric Resident Block Education.

Direct patient care: Yes

Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling. Contact Alex Behrend at if interested in scheduling this course in Summer and Fall semester. Spots may be available by arrangement.

Course Objectives: Learn to evaluate pediatric patients with Gastroeintestinal, Hepatic, and Nutritional diseases and symptoms (involves taking history, physical examination, considering a differential diagnosis and management plan).

  • Learn about common pediatric gastrointestinal problems such as gastroesophageal reflux, constipation, abdominal pain, jaundice, constipation, failure to thrive, diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Learn about inpatient management of children with gastrointestinal disease.

These are achieved by:

  • Daily inpatient rounds and consults with the ‘Red Team’ and attending physician.
  • Attending endoscopy sessions.
  • Attending outpatient clinics.

Graded Components: 

  • Clinical assessment by faculty

Grading Scale: H/E/S/N

Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Course equivalency: Does not apply