The purpose of the pediatric clerkship is to provide the medical student with the knowledge and clinical experience necessary to develop basic skills in the evaluation and management of health and disease in infants, children and adolescents. The core pediatric clerkship is an introduction to the care of children and emphasizes those aspects of pediatrics which should be understood and mastered by all physicians, regardless of ultimate career goals.
The clerkship will address issues unique to childhood and adolescence by focusing on human developmental biology, and by emphasizing the impact of family, community and society on child health and well-being. It is within this framework of normal growth and development that the student will learn the mechanism of disease processes and develop the ability to formulate appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic plans. Additionally, the clerkship focuses on the impact of disease and its treatment on the developing human, and emphasizes growth and development, principles of health supervision and recognition of common health problems. The role of the pediatrician in prevention of disease and injury and the importance of collaboration between the pediatrician and other health professionals is stressed.
The curriculum contained herein is based largely on the General Pediatric Clerkship Curriculum produced by joint effort of the American Pediatric Association and the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) with significant oversight and input from AMSPDC (Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairmen). COMSEP is a national organization comprised of all the pediatric clerkship directors from U.S. and Canadian medical schools.
ATTENTION JUNIOR INTERNS: We are extremely excited that you decided to rotate with us! To insure a smooth transition into your JI clerkship, please contact the Pediatric Chief Residents at (901)287-5920 or (901)287-5923 prior to your first day! This is how you will get information about call schedules, parking, meal tickets, badges, etc. You will also need to complete Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) training prior to your start date. We look forward to working with you!
Also, please go to the JI Expectations link in the Pediatric Clerkship Information to fill out your Access Request Form for the Cerner oneChart system, the electronic medical record at Methodist Healthcare. Fax the completed form to Marilyn McWilliams, Director Medical Education, two weeks prior to starting your JI rotation (Fax number 901-516-8254). This information will be used to build the Cerner account.
Once the Cerner account is built, you will be able to access the CHEX system to complete the Computerized Physician Order Entry online education. Please read and follow the instructions provided to access CHEX. If you do not know your provider number, please contact Pam Thompson at (901) 516-0369 to obtain this information.
Pediatric Clerkship - Chattanooga
Cathy Stevens, M.D.
Pediatric Clerkship – Memphis
Valerie Jameson, M.D.