PURPOSE: The clerkship provides extensive clinical experience with diseases of infants, children, and adolescents, as w ell as with normal infants and children. Patients are seen in a variety of clinical settings, including the newborn nursery, the pediatrics inpatient units, and a variety of outpatient settings as well as in the emergency room. Normal processes of growth and development are emphasized, and diseases are approached within this frame of reference. The student will develop basic skills in the evaluation and management of infants and children, and will gain an understanding of the attitudes and approaches of pediatric medicine that are intended to foster optimal physical and psychosocial development of the child.

COMPETENCIES: In the process of completing this course, students acquire the following competencies: 1) An understanding of normal growth and development from the newborn period through adolescence; 2) The ability to identify and assess clinical problem s in pediatric-age patients; 3) The knowledge and experience to develop an appropriate medical management plan for infants, children, and adolescents; 4) An understanding of the role of psychosocial factors on child health and welfare; 5) Knowledge of the principal elements of preventive pediatrics, including immunization and anticipatory guidance; 6) The ability to communicate effectively with patients/caretakers.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: Varies somewhat from site to site. However, the general structure is: 1) One week is spent in the Normal Nursery, three weeks in Ambulatory, which may include call in the Pediatric Emergency Room, and three weeks on a general pediatrics inpatient unit; 2) There is a core lecture series that students are required to attend; 3) There are various other lectures and conferences, including weekly Grand Rounds are also elements of the educational program; 4) There is a required, mentored evidence-based medicine project. 5) Students are required to complete a series of web-based interactive clinical cases. 

ASSESSMENT: A composite performance evaluation is prepared by the site coordinator from in formation supplied by the faculty members and house staff who worked with the student in the nursery, outpatient setting, inpatient unit, and the clinics. A clerkship examination is also given at the end of the rotation.


Program Number: CLER 603
Location: Various Sites as Assigned
Program Director: Claudia Boucher-Berry, MD,

Program Coordinator: Christopher Hansen  Email:
Telephone: 312- 996-6138
Duration: 6 Weeks
Night Call: Q4 Inpatient
Weekends: Yes
Students Accepted:
Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
Lectures/Conferences: Vary in Quantity by Clerkship Site
Laboratory: No
Outpatient: 2 Weeks
Inpatient: 4 Weeks
Total Hours/Weeks: 40-60


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KEY WORDS:  Pediatric medicine, infants, children, adolescents, comprehensive care, health maintenance, immunization, health promotion.

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Updated:  3/30/15