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PED 30000 Pediatrics Clerkship (Chattanooga)

This is a face to face clinical rotation receiving 9 credit hours. The Pediatrics Clerkship is a six-week clinical experience during which students participate in the breadth of pediatrics.  

Clinical experience focuses on an inpatient pediatrics service with direct patient management.  Regular rounds with pediatrics faculty and residents provide opportunities for interaction with all members of the health care team in managing the pediatric patient.  Additional experiences in the ambulatory setting include: general pediatrics outpatient clinic, subspecialty clinics, emergency department, and newborn nursery and/or neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).  A six-week lecture series covers the most relevant topics in pediatric care.

Clerkship Director:  Cathy Stevens, MD Cathy.Stevens@erlanger.org 
Administrative Coordinators:
 
Courtney Orloski, BA, Medical Student Specialist, Courtney.Orloski@erlanger.org ,  Phone:  423.778.7442
Jacqueline Hogan, BS, GME Financial Specialist, Jacqueline.Hogan@erlanger.org, Phone:  423.778.3899

Location:  Children's Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga (https://www.childrensaterlanger.org/childrens-hospital/childrens-home)

Orientation Location:  Kennedy Children's Outpatient Center, East Third Street, Chattanooga, TN  37403

Pre-requisites:  Satisfactory completion of the first two years of medical school and passing USMLE Step 1

Size:  6

Length:  6 weeks (3 weeks inpatient and 3 weeks outpatient)

Blocks Offered:  All

Overnight Call and/or Float:  Yes

Time Off for Interviews:  No

Deadline for Excused Absence:  Thirty days before the start of the clerkship

Deadline for Cancellation:  Thirty days before the start of the rotation

Website:  https://www.uthsc.edu/pediatrics/clerkship/ 

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.

Last Published: Sep 4, 2020