Information for Preceptors
Pediatric Clerkship Purpose
The purpose of the Pediatric Clerkship is to provide 3rd year medical students with inpatient and outpatient pediatric clinical experiences where students will:
- acquire a working knowledge of normal and abnormal growth and development,
- recognize, understand the pathophysiology of, diagnose, and treat the common disorders of infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and
- develop an understanding of children’s and families’ perspectives of being cared for within our healthcare system through observation, inquiry, and reflection.
Pediatric Clerkship Objectives
After completing an 8-week pediatric clerkship rotation, the student will be able to:
- Perform effective age-oriented interviews and physical examinations on newborns, children, and adolescents.
- Formulate a clinical assessment and plan in a problem-oriented fashion.
- Recognize the role of pathophysiologic processes on growth and development in children.
- Differentiate children as well, mildly ill, or acutely ill based on their signs and symptoms at various ages.
- Describe the importance of preventive pediatrics, including the roles of nutrition, environmental influences, safety, immunizations, and anticipatory guidance in improving child health.
- Demonstrate humanistic attitudes and a patient and family-centered approach in meeting the psychosocial needs of well, acutely ill, and chronically ill patients and their families.