CLERKSHIPS IN PEDIATRICS

The Pediatric Clerkship addresses issues unique to childhood and adolescence by focusing on the health and well-being of the developing child, emphasizing growth and development, principles of health supervision, and recognition and treatment of common pediatric health problems. Additionally, the clerkship emphasizes the importance of the interaction of family, community, and society on the complete health of the patient. Also emphasized is the role of the pediatrician in prevention of disease and injury, and the importance of collaboration between the pediatrician, other health professionals, and the family. As one of the core clerkships during medical school, the Pediatric Clerkship experience introduces the student to a unique, complex, and challenging field of medicine. It emphasizes those aspects of general pediatrics important for all medical students and provides a foundation for those students who elect to further study the health care of infants, children, and adolescents. Students may have the opportunity to participate in the clinical activities of both general and subspecialty pediatric services, but the emphasis is placed on basic concepts and common illnesses.

The Pediatric Clerkship equips medical students with the knowledge and skills of pediatric medicine to be competent military medical officers. In addition to continuing to develop their clinical skills, during their pediatric clerkship students are also expected to acquire a basic knowledge of growth and development and their clinical application, become competent and comfortable in the physical examination of infants, children, and adolescents, and develop their approach to the health supervision of children and adolescents. Students’ also gain a better understanding of the influence of family, community, and society on a child’s health, enhancing their communication skills to improve their clinical interaction with children, adolescents, and their families, and developing a better understanding of the approach of pediatricians to the unique health care of children and adolescents.

Our clerkship goals are synchronized with those of the School of Medicine as well as the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, and the meeting of those goals is consistently monitored across all of our clerkship sites.

Clerkship objectives

1. Acquire a basic knowledge of growth and development (physical, physiological, and psychosocial) and of its clinical application from birth through adolescence.

2. Develop communication skills that will facilitate the clinical interaction and collaboration with children, adolescents and their families.

3. Develop competence and comfort in the physical examination of infants, children, and adolescents.

4. Acquire the knowledge necessary for the diagnosis and initial management of common acute and chronic pediatric illnesses.

5. Develop clinical problem-solving skills necessary for life-long medical practice and medical education.

6. Promote an understanding of the influence of family, community, and society on the child in health and disease.

7. Develop an approach to health supervision of children and adolescents, to include disease and injury prevention.

8. Develop the professional behaviors and attitudes appropriate for clinical practice.

9. Acquire an understanding of the approach of pediatricians to the unique health care of children and adolescents.

10. Support the SOM goal of understanding the mission of the military healthcare team and the physician’s role as a uniformed officer.

CLERKSHIP LOCATIONS

  • Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, TX
  • Eglin Air Force Base Hospital, FL
  • Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, VA
  • Madigan Army Medical Center, WA
  • National Capital Area – Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Malcolm Grow
  • Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, CA
  • Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA
  • Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA
  • San Antonio Military Medical Center, TX
  • Tripler Army Medical Center, HI
  • Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, NC
  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Hospital, OH