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We encourage practicing pediatricians to become involved in Medical Student Education. We thank you for your interest in medical student education and look forward to your continued participation.

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
  • 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

Contact Information

For more information, contact Wilhelmina Bradford, Program Coordinator, Medical Student Education

About the Rotation

The outpatient rotation consists of 3 weeks in your office and 1 week of Nursery at either GWU Hospital or Holy Cross Hospital. The nursery week can occur anywhere within the 4 week period.

Ambulatory Curriculum

The Children's National M.D. curriculum must reflect the best thinking of our faculty, as informed by national and international trends and experts. Its goals must be consistent with the expectations of postgraduate medical educators and licensing and accrediting bodies, and responsive to the public trust.


One of the objectives of the Pediatric Clerkship Rotation at the GWU School of Medicine are to help the third-year medical students to acquire a working knowledge of normal and abnormal growth and development.


Take a look at our helpful and related links for the Pediatric Preceptor Program.