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M3 Pediatric Clerkship: Overall Intended Learning Objectives

The overall goals for the third year Pediatric Clerkship are listed below. Our purpose is to outline the “core” of pediatric knowledge, skills and professional attitudes that are fundamental for all medical students. We have also delineated additional subsection-specific ILO’s for each component of the clerkship.

KNOWLEDGE: The student will learn:

1) Normal growth, development and behavior and their assessment, as well as approaches to abnormalities from infancy through adolescence.

2. Health maintenance and preventive care for children, including age-related issues in nutrition, safety, vaccination and risk factor identification and modification.

3) Common acute and chronic pediatric conditions, congenital and genetic syndromes, and the importance of age on their manifestations and treatment.

4) Principles of physiology and pharmacology applicable to children from birth through adulthood, especially age-related changes.

SKILLS: The student will demonstrate competence in:

1) Communication skills:

2) History Taking: From parents, children and adolescents and in more complex situations (e.g. adolescent psychosocial interview, more demanding parent), collecting complete and accurate information and focusing appropriately.

3) Physical Exams: Exam of infants, children and adolescents, adapting appropriately to the age of the patient.

4) Clinical Problem Solving: Using data from history, physical, labs and studies to define problems, develop a differential diagnosis, and identify associated risks.

5) Clinical Decision Making: Incorporating patient data with patient needs and desires when formulating diagnostic and therapeutic plans for pediatric problems within the context of the patient and their family.

6) Self-Education: Recognizing knowledge deficits and learning needs through a reflective self-assessment process, plan or seek assistance in remediation of knowledge deficits, develop key critical thinking and problem solving skills. Seek feedback.

PROFESSIONALISM: The student will be expected to:

Copying and pasting or otherwise using other’s documentation in paper or electronic form as your own is plagiarism and medical fraud. This activity will result in a professionalism evaluation in the student’s file.

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