Educational Affairs - Office of Clinical Education

UTMB 3rd Year Pediatric Clerkship (Outpatient Portion)

Every third year medical student at UTMB is required to take the Pediatric Clerkship. UTMB places approximately 240 UTMB third year medical students with preceptors across the state each year for this course. The entire 3rd Year Pediatric Clerkship is six weeks long and is divided into these 4 segments:


  • 2 weeks of Pediatric inpatient service
  • 1 weeks of a Pediatric subspecialty
  • 1 weeks of newborn nursery
  • 1 weeks of ambulatory-based Pediatrics with a volunteer preceptor
  • 1 week of virtual Pediatric study

Preceptor Qualifications

  • MD or DO
  • Board certified in Pediatrics
  • Preceptors must be licensed and working in the state of Texas
  • Must be a Pediatric generalist working in an ambulatory setting
  • No outstanding board orders on the Texas State Medical Board
  • Preceptor must go through UTMB appointment benefits and process before accepting students

Community Teaching Physician Commitment per Student

Teaching time per student:  5 full days in a preceptor's clinic (with a 45 hour maximum student work week)
Preceptors may ask a student to round with them in the hospital after regular clinic hours. They may also ask the student to work during Saturday clinic hours. Both of these teaching opportunities are acceptable as long as that time does not exceed the 45 hour work week maximum for the student.

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Fall Term

Periods 1-2Periods 3-4
06/29/2020 - 08/07/202008/10/2020 - 09/18/2020
Periods 5-6Periods 7-8
09/21/2020 - 10/30/202011/02/2020 - 12/11/2020

Spring Term

Periods 10-11Periods 12-13
01/04/2021 - 02/12/202102/15/2021 - 03/26/2021
Periods 14-15Periods 16-17
03/29/2021 - 05/07/202105/10/2021 - 06/18/2021

Course Links

UTMB Pediatric Clerkship Website
UTMB Pediatric Clerkship Syllabus
Course Goals & Objectives (Syllabus Extract)
Pediatric Clerkship Case Logger

Student Evaluation Form (DOC)

Completed student evaluations should be returned to UTMB Pediatric Clerkship Coordinator, Tiffany Swain. Evaluations may be submitted via fax to (409) 747-0721 or via e-mail.

Course Contacts

Clerkship Co-Director (Galveston)Gayani Silva, MD
Clerkship Co-Director (Galveston)Melissa Smith-Phillips, MD, PhD
Clerkship Coordinator (Galveston)Tiffany Swain
Outpatient Coordinator (Galveston)Brian Sullivan


If you are interested in teaching medical students for the UTMB 3rd Year Pediatric Clerkship, please contact Brian Sullivan.