Pediatric Clerkship: Educational Course Objectives

At the end of the Pediatrics Clerkship, medical students will be able to:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology, causes, and manifestations of common pediatric diseases including the effect of genetic, developmental, metabolic and traumatic disorders.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, with patients, patients’ families, colleagues and others with whom physicians must exchange information. 

  3. Demonstrate consideration for and sensitivity to the patient’s /family’s age, gender, culture/ethnicity, special needs (disabilities), and sexual orientation.  Special consideration should be given to adolescents need for autonomy and confidentiality.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to obtain an accurate pediatric history including all essential elements—appropriate and age-specific nutrition, developmental and behavioral information.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to perform an appropriate pediatric physical examination.

  6. Produce a written report of a patient encounter that is legible, organized, concise and accurate.

  7. Describe the most common diagnostic findings (clinical, laboratory, pathologic, and radiographic) in pediatric disorders and diseases.

  8. Demonstrate the ability to construct appropriate common diagnostic (clinical, laboratory and radiographic) and therapeutic strategies for patients with common conditions, both acute and chronic, including medical and behavioral issues.

  9. Demonstrate self-learning skills by using evidence based medicine regarding pediatric patients you encounter, seeking feedback from residents and attendings you work with and using the pediatric case bank provided to you on the internet.

  10. All students participating on this clerkship will meet or exceed the institutional standards for professional behaviors as evidenced by:
    • adhering to the dress code consistent with clerkship standards.
    • being punctual for all educational experiences (i.e. exams, clinics, rounds, small group sessions, appointments at the clinical skills center).
    • fulfilling all educational assignments and responsibilities on time.
    • displaying honesty in all interactions and situations.
    • contributing to an atmosphere conducive to learning and is committed to advance scientific knowledge.
    • establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries in all learning situations
    • using professional language being mindful of the environment.
    • establishing effective rapport.
    • being respectful at all times of all parties involved.
    • resolving conflict in a manner that respects the dignity of every person involved.
    • respecting the diversity of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability and socioeconomic status.
    • exhibiting humanism in all interactions.
    • protecting patient confidentiality.
    • being aware of and adapting to differences in individual patients including those related to culture and medical literacy
    • recognizing personal limitations and seeking appropriate help.
    • accepting constructive feedback and making changes accordingly.
    • exhibiting independent and self-directed learning.
Last Updated: 7/11/17