Pediatrics Clerkship

Students are expected to be able to take an accurate history, perform a complete physical examination and formulate an initial differential diagnosis from their clinical experiences in the first and second years of their medical education program. Students are also expected to possess professional attitudes and deportment appropriate to their role in the clinical setting.

The Pediatrics Clerkship has several components:

  1. During the pediatric rotation students will spend one week working in the Mother-Infant Units (located on Dorrance 3 and 5). During their time spent in the Mother-Infant Unit, students will be working with the Term Nursery attending and pediatric residents. Students will learn how pediatricians support/resuscitate newborns in the delivery room. Students will also learn the range of normal newborn behavior and physical findings, breast feeding/infant nutrition, some common newborn problems including: jaundice, respiratory distress, poor feeding, drug withdrawal, hypoglycemia, sepsis, and large/small for gestational age, and how to talk with new parents about their newborns. During their last session, students will be observed (by the attending pediatrician) performing a complete examination of a term newborn (required check list is attached-activity is not formally graded; the attending will provide direct immediate feedback).
  2. Two weeks on in-patient: Time will be spent working on the Pediatric inpatient unit, Keleman 7 South and Keleman 6 North (Main Hospital). On the inpatient unit, students will admit, follow patients, and present their patients on rounds. During their time working on in-patient, students will be required to take one 12 hour weekend on-call shift.
  3. As part of their in-patient experience, students will be required to write up and present 1 pediatric history and physical examination with relevant differential diagnosis discussion based on an EBM search(grading rubric is attached).
  4. Students will spend one full week seeing pediatric patients (including sub-specialty and Adolescent and Bright Horizons/Development patients in the Camden Cooper Pediatric office or at one of the other satellite offices; students will be supervised by our Pediatric sub-specialists that week.
  5. Students are required to complete all virtual Computer-assisted Learning in Pediatrics Program (CLIPP) cases assigned by the Clerkship Director. These required pediatric CLIPP cases must be completed within the 6 weeks of their pediatric rotation. The Clerkship Director will review student progress with the CLIPP cases during the 6 weeks Completion of the CLIPP cases will supplement student knowledge of pediatrics and ensure that they have exposure to common pediatric medical problems. By adding “virtual” patients we hope to improve each student’s clinical medical knowledge as well as their assessment of pediatric patients.