Departmental Course: Pediatrics

​Clerkship Coordinator: Sara Fear

Phone: 206.987.2008

Located: Seattle Children’s – Graduate Medical Education Office, OC.7.830

Email: medical.students@seattlechildrens.org

 
Block Calendar: Your clerkship dates must correspond with our Clinical Schedule. You must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s). There are no exceptions to these scheduled dates.

To Apply:

  1. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials (current CV and letter of recommendation) to VSAS. See below for supplemental material requirements. No action will be taken on an application until it is complete. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  2. Availability cannot be given until 6 weeks prior to the rotation start date. Please do not send inquiries about availability.
  3. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.
  4. SPACE IS LIMITED. To increase chances of receiving an elective offer, students should apply for and rank multiple electives in VSAS.
  5. If space is available, students will be matched to open elective rotations and notified via VSAS no earlier than 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the elective.
  6. All pediatric elective applicants must provide one letter of recommendation and a current CV. Your application will not be considered without these materials, which must be uploaded directly to VSAS.  Letters of recommendation do not have to be from a pediatrician but should be from someone with whom you worked closely in a clinical setting.  Letters of recommendation must be signed and on official letterhead.
  7. Placement in an elective in Pediatrics does not guarantee an interview for the Pediatrics Residency Program.
Cancellations: You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Coordinator.

Course # 625 – Pediatric Emergency Medicine

4 weeks
Instructor: R. Burns
Prerequisite: Pediatrics, Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery Core Clerkship

Students will gain a better understanding of the types of problems seen in a Pediatric Emergency Department and of the increased complexity when dealing with family units (parents in decision making role for their children) rather than just individual patients. Students are assigned to 15 or 18 eight-hour ED shifts and will prepare one morning presentation on an assigned emergency topic.

This elective is not offered July through October.​

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children’s)

Course # 669 – Neonatal Pediatrics Clerkship

2 or 4 Weeks

Instructor: D. Loren
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships

Course introduces students to diagnosis and management of critically ill newborn infants. Emphasis is placed on developing a rational problem-oriented approach to complex medical problems. Clinical experience will be available in problems relating to acid-base balance, respiratory failure, disorders of bilirubin metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, neonatal sepsis, temperature control, infant nutrition, and delivery room care of the neonate. There are daily attending rounds and formal teaching rounds held two times per week. Other conferences regularly scheduled are: roentgenographic interpretation three times per week; clinical/pathological conference once per week; discharge evaluation with long-term planning, once per week. The student works closely with the housestaff and is expected to spend every third night in the hospital. A 2-week experience is acceptable for an introduction to clinical problems; however, a 4-week program is preferable for students wishing to gain more extensive experience and background in this area. At the completion of this course, the student can expect to have 1) developed an appreciation for the problems associated with providing care for this population, 2) extensive opportunity to apply principles in basic physiology and biochemistry to rapidly changing clinical problems, 3) become acquainted with the major causes of neonatal morbidity and mortality.

The two-week option of this elective is not offered July through September.

Enrollment: 2 students (held at University of Washington Medical Center)

Course # 670 – Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Offered A, W, Sp – 4 Weeks, 8 credits
Instructor: S. Smith
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships

Students evaluate both in-house and outpatient consultations; these are discussed at daily rounds. Attendance is expected at the weekly infectious disease conference at Harborview and the bimonthly conference held at Seattle Children’s. Students are encouraged to assume as much responsibility as their training and experience permits.

This elective is not offered July through October.​

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children’s)

Course # 671 – Pediatric Endocrinology

2 or 4 Weeks
Instructor: D. Nandi-Munshi
Prerequisite: Pediatrics Core Clerkship

Students spend most of their time in diabetes and endocrine clinics, Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 5:00. Participation in inpatient rounds and consults will be at the discretion of the attending. There are no night-time or week-end responsibilities. Medical students doing a 4-week rotation will give a short presentation (approximately 15 minutes) on a topic of their choice, usually centering on an interesting patient.

The two-week option of this elective is not offered July through September.​

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children’s)

Course # 677 - Pediatric Intensive Care

4 weeks
Instructor: M. Davis
Prerequisite: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships

Students will be expected to manage patients with the supervision of the Pediatric Critical Care attending or fellow. Students will have the opportunity to manage patients with complex multisystem disease and learn key elements of acute resuscitation in the intensive care setting.

This elective is not offered July through October.​

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children's)

Course # 679 – Clinical Problems in Developmental Disabilities

2 or 4 Weeks
Instructor: S. Zinner
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships

Experience in interdisciplinary evaluation of a variety of developmentally disabled children living in the community is offered. Students participate by performing pediatric evaluations, by obtaining neurological dysmorphology, and other consultation, and by observing assessment by nonmedical specialists (e.g., psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, etc.). Different disciplines' contributions to the solution of the problems presented by developmentally disabled children and their families are emphasized with observation of several teams' approach to diagnosis and intervention.

The two-week option of this elective is not offered July through September.​

Enrollment: 1 student (held at UWMC Center for Human Development and Disability)

Course # 681 – Pediatric Genetics

4 Weeks
Instructor: A. Sun​
Prerequisite: Pediatrics Core Clerkship

Focus on clinical evaluation and management of children with genetic disorders. There will be exposure to genetic counseling, to the evaluation of children with hereditary birth defects, and to the diagnosis and management of children with inborn errors of metabolism. Along with an emphasis on genetic mechanisms that cause human disease. Students work in three Medical Genetics Clinics (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday), respond to in-house consultation requests, attend rounds at Seattle Children’s and UWMC and seminars at UWMC (Wednesday, Friday).

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children’s and UWMC)

Course # 683 – Pediatric Nephrology

4 Weeks
Instructor: J. Symons
Prerequisite: Pediatrics Core Clerkship

A pediatric nephrology clerkship at Seattle Children’s. It is a four-week elective for third- and fourth-year medical students who will see clinical pediatric nephrologic problems under close supervision. They participate in nephrology and transplant rounds, consultation with renal fellows and attendings, and work up patients in Renal Clinics. They also attend a series of seminars throughout the clerkship in which clerks at University-affiliated hospitals participate.

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children’s)

Course # 684 – Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

4 Weeks
Instructor: G. Redding
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery Core Clerkships

Study of respiratory disorders, diagnostic techniques and treatments unique to children in the inpatient, intensive care and outpatient settings. Emphasis on applying principles of pulmonary physiology to clinical problems. Students conduct consultations under the supervision of the attending and present a topic of choice. Inpatient rounds and clinics.

Enrollment: 1 student (Held at Seattle Children’s)

Course # 685 – Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

2 or 4 Weeks
Instructor: R. Geyer
Prerequisites: Pediatrics and Medicine Core Clerkships

Clerkship provides an introduction to the problems in children with malignant or hematologic disease. Didactic sessions are held four times weekly, in addition to "one-to-one" teaching with the Fellow or Attending Physician. Self-learning programs are available, as well as specific training in the techniques and interpretation of bone marrow aspirations, intravenous chemotherapy, transfusions, and the laboratory techniques of hematological evaluation. Clinics for patients with CNS tumors, musculoskeletal cancers, sickle cell disease and hematology are available.

The two-week option of this elective is not offered July through September.​ 

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children’s)

 

Course # 686 – Pediatric Cardiology

2 or 4 Weeks
Instructor: T. Johnston
Prerequisite: Pediatrics Core Clerkship

Clerkship deals with both inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular problems in the pediatric age group. Emphasis will be on acquiring skills in physical diagnosis and electrocardiography. Observation of catheterizations and cardiovascular operations may be arranged at the option of the student. There are weekly cardiac clinics and rounds on inpatients with cardiovascular problems occurring daily.

The two-week option of this elective is not offered July through September.​

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children’s)

Course # 691 – Advanced Pediatric Clerkship (Sub-Internship)

4 Weeks
Instructor: A. Knight
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships

Ward experience with direct involvement in patient care at Seattle Children’s The student will work under the supervision of residents or attending physicians, having comparable responsibilities for patient workup, diagnosis and care as an intern. Shift schedule: 3 weeks of days and 1 week of nights.

This elective is not offered July through October.​

Enrollment: 3 students (held at Seattle Children’s)

Course # 694 – Adolescent Medicine

4 weeks

Instructor: D. Breland

Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery Core Clerkships

Elective in Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and area clinics. Students will be expected to manage patients with the supervision of attending physicians. Students will have the opportunity to manage adolescent patients in the outpatient setting and learn key elements of subspecialty care of adolescents.

Enrollment: 1 student