The Pediatrics Clerkship gives students an opportunity to experience many of the exciting aspects of Pediatric clinical medicine.
The goal of the Pediatric Clerkship is to equip students with a basic fund of knowledge in Pediatrics and gain an understanding of the anatomic, developmental, physiologic, and psychological differences of children as they progress from the neonatal period through adolescence.
The Pediatric Clerkship is an 8-week experience at UVA, Roanoke, Richmond, Fairfax and/or KCRC; consisting of exposure to pediatric inpatients, ambulatory pediatric patients, children with developmental problems and/or chronic diseases, including nutritional problems, babies in the newborn nursery, acutely ill children, and one or more pediatric subspecialty outpatient clinics.
You will be working with excellent faculty and residents and we encourage you to take this opportunity to learn from them. They are a valuable resource to you.
Pediatric Clerkship Director
Goals & Objectives
Students should acquire a basic fund of knowledge in Pediatrics and gain an understanding of the anatomic, developmental, physiologic, and psychological differences of children as they progress from the neonatal period through adolescence.
A. Students should acquire knowledge regarding:
- preventive care in pediatrics,
- major pediatric disease entities,
- normal growth and development, and variations
- use of the Pediatric medical literature and other sources of appropriate information.
B. Students should develop skills in:
- obtaining, recording, and presenting pediatric histories and physical examinations,
- selecting appropriate diagnostic studies,
- interpreting laboratory, radiographic, and other data,
- applying their knowledge of the basic sciences and clinical medicine to clinical situations as they learn to develop diagnostic impressions, treatment plans,
- observing (and performing) commonly used pediatric procedures as appropriate opportunities arise.
C. Finally, students are expected to:
- demonstrate the ability to establish good physician/patient relationships and present themselves as student doctors.
- become proficient in communicating with children and parents and with members of the health care team
- appreciate the appropriateness of a child's behavior and the nature of family relationships,
- become comfortable in their role as a team member in the management of patients, and
- gain an understanding of the importance of ethical considerations in pediatrics.