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Medical Student Education

The goals of the pediatric experiences in medical school are for students to develop basic skills for caring for infants, children, and adolescents and to establish a foundation for further training in pediatrics. Students learn to appreciate the influence of growth and development on the diagnosis and management of illness. Students also learn how to evaluate the family unit and the child’s environment as part of the child’s total health evaluation.

Pediatric Clerkship (3rd year)

Clerkship Blackboard Course (Listed under SOM Y3Clerkship-Pediatrics)

Clerkship Goals and Objectives
Austin Supplement
Primary Care Pediatrics Study Guide
Online Cases (Design a Case)

Oral Case Presentation Rating Scale
Clinical Reasoning Instrument
Clinical Reasoning Instrument - sample
Clinical Reasoning Instrument - instructions
Early Concern Note
Pediatric Ambulatory Selective (ACS)
This selective is an opportunity for the 4th-year medical student to learn about the profession and practice of Pediatrics in a community-based outpatient setting.  The student will spend four weeks with a community-based pediatrician (generalist or specialist), joining in patient care and any daily activities of that provider.   In addition, the student will learn about agencies serving the health of children and families including Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), Women, Infants & Children (WIC), and at least one other children-youth-family serving agency. For more information, link here.
Pediatric Electives/Acting Internships
Students have many choices for 4-week Pediatric electives and acting internships.
For the course catalog, link here.
Physician Healer Track (for any medical student)
The Physician Healer Track is designed to mentor students as they develop their professional identity as doctors and healers. The training focuses on self-awareness, self-reflection, interpersonal communication skills, self-care and work-life balance. link here.
Online Resources
Online Resources for Pediatric Students


Judith L. Rowen, M.D.
Director of Undergraduate Education
Chair, UME Committee
Electives/AI Director

Gayani Silva, M.D.
Clerkship Director
Pedi ACS, Co-Director

Melissa Smith-Phillips, M.D.
Associate Clerkship Director

Jorge Ganem, MD
Clerkship Director, Austin

Virginia Niebuhr, Ph.D.
Director of Educational Technology
Pedi ACS, Co-Director

Tiffany Swain
Clerkship Coordinator
Research Bldg 6, room 3.302
Phone: 409.772.5286