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.
Inpatient Experience: Three Weeks
- Two weeks will be spent on the pediatric inpatient service or electively in the pediatric intensive care unit with one day off each weekend. Night call is rotated among the students on the inpatient service.
- One week in the full-term nursery or electively in the neonatal intensive care unit with one day off each weekend. No night call.
Outpatient Experience: Three Weeks
- One week will be spent in outpatient urgent care clinic at KUMC or the Health Department with weekends off and no night call.
- One week will be spent in the subspecialty clinics including but not limited to cardiology, hematology, oncology, developmental, and endocrine with weekends off and no night call.
- One week will be spent with physicians in the community (Kansas City, Topeka, Lawrence and Paola, with other options considered if requested) with weekends off and no night call.
- 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.
Sep 21, 2015