Department of Pediatrics


The pediatric clerkship is the major component in the pediatric educational experience that extends throughout medical school.  It shares with other core clerkships common goals in developing competent general physicians.  For students this intensive clinical experience is their primary opportunity to learn about the health and illness issues of children.

            Pediatrics is a unique application of human developmental biology.  Thus, clinical pediatrics focuses on the impact of disease on the developing human.  The pediatrician observes and treats the child within the context of the family, community, and society.  Prevention of disease, in addition to its treatment, is an essential aspect of pediatrics.  Pediatricians collaborate with other health professionals to meet these goals.

            The clerkship curriculum provides students with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to care for the children.  The emphasis is upon an understanding of normal processes, such as growth and development, health assessment and maintenance and common problems unique to children.  In addition, the pediatric clerkship is an opportunity to introduce students to the intellectually and personally fulfilling aspects of pediatrics.

            During the pediatric clerkship, students have contact with both general and subspecialist pediatricians.  The clerkship emphasizes those aspects of pediatrics to be mastered by all students so that they may become competent generalists.  With limited time available in the core clerkship, basic skills and common issues in both health and disease will be the focus.

This curriculum is designed for a core 6 week clerkship experience with 50% of the time in the ambulatory setting.

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