Goals and Rotations

The goal of the clerkship is to provide an environment where the student can gain a general knowledge of the diseases and issues encountered in pediatrics, both in sick and well children. The clerkship aims to help the student develop or refine skills in taking a history, evaluating and performing a physical exam on a child, which differs from that of an adult.

The student will learn the practice of routine health maintenance, including but not limited to developmental assessments and vaccination schedules. The student will learn the basic common illnesses in children and how to treat them. Issues such as ethical dilemmas presented by caring for children and advocacy for children will be introduced.


Students will be assigned three two-week rotations. The assignments will provide both inpatient and outpatient experiences;

  • Inpatient experiences include the pediatric inpatient service, the pediatric intensive care unit, the full-term nursery or, the neonatal intensive care unit.
  • Outpatient experiences include the subspecialty clinics (including but not limited to cardiology, hematology, oncology, developmental, and endocrine) as well as Same Day Sick clinic and working with physicians in the community ( Prairie Village, Topeka, Pittsburg, Newton, and other options if available.)


  • Didactics comprise a combination of daily lectures, textbooks, online and paper resources, as well as daily teaching in the clinical settings. Teaching is given by faculty and resident members of the department, as well as from other departments on occasion. Additionally, students are encouraged to attend lectures given weekly in the department's Grand Attending Rounds and Grand Rounds series.


  • A handbook outlining clerkship policies, dress code, schedules, requirements, evaluations and a host of other information is available to currently enrolled students and all pediatric faculty on Angel Course Management.

Last modified: Apr 27, 2016