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 day off each week to complete virtual work )
  • 1 week of a Pediatric subspecialty
  • 1 week of newborn nursery
  • 2 weeks of ambulatory-based Pediatrics with a volunteer preceptor (1/2 day off each week to complete virtual work - when this 1/2 day off occurs can be decided by the preceptor)

During the 2 week ambulatory rotation, UTMB medical students should see the following number of patient encounters...

Well child checks - minimum of:

  • Toddlers:  12 patients during the 2 weeks
  • Newborns:  12 patients during the 2 weeks
  • School age children:  12 patients during the 2 weeks
  • Teens:  4 patients during the entire week
  • We would also like our students to see a variety of sick patients (a few each day)

The preceptor needs to provide feedback on at least one WCC note and sign off on it signifying feedback.  Students should be in PPE's for sick visits for potential COVID patients.  There are no CRIs during the ambulatory portion this year.

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:  Each student would rotate in your clinic for a 2 week period.  We require 4 ½ days each week in a preceptor's clinic (with a 45-hour maximum student work week)

During the first week, preceptors should orient students to the practice and ascertain their strengths / weaknesses regarding history taking, pediatric physical exam, and presentations. Students have had training in the Electronic Medical Record, and we encourage you to allow them to write notes on every patient they see. Students should receive feedback on their notes, and one Well Child Visit note needs to be turned in with faculty signature signifying receiving feedback. Student notes can be used by the preceptor with an attestation.

We appreciate you reviewing their knowledge on growth and development, immunizations and some of the commonly used screening tests during a well visit. We also appreciate you allowing them to see a variety of common sick complaints. By the end of the two weeks, students should be able to present clearly and concisely with all relevant information.  All through this, it is important to work with the students on their differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning.  It is very reasonable to assign students with reading on a variety of topics and have them do presentations. If time permits, it would be great if you can touch on coding, and the financial aspects of running a practice.

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 these teaching opportunities are acceptable as long as that time does not exceed the 45-hour work week maximum for the student.

 

2021-2022 Academic Calendar

Fall Term

Periods 107/12/2021 - 07/23/2021
Periods 207/26/2021 - 08/06/2021
Periods 308/09/2021 - 08/20/2021
Periods 408/23/2021 - 09/03/2021
Periods 509/06/2021 - 09/17/2021
Periods 609/20/2021 - 10/01/2021
Periods 710/04/2021 - 10/15/2021
Periods 810/18/2021 - 10/29/2021
Periods 911/01/2021 - 11/12/2021

Spring Term

Period 1001/03/2022 - 01/14/2022
Period 1101/17/2022 - 01/28/2022
Period 1201/31/2022 - 02/11/2022
Period 1302/14/2022 - 02/25/2022
Period 1402/28/2022 - 03/11/2022
Period 1503/14/2022 - 03/25/2022
Period 1603/28/2022 - 04/08/2022
Period 1704/11/2022 - 04/22/2022
Period 1804/25/2022 - 05/06/2022

Course Links

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

Evaluating your 3rd Year Pediatric Clerkship students
On this page, you will find an example of the evaluation form (in .pdf format) and instructions on how to log into UTMB's New Innovations system to complete the evaluation form online.  This page will also explain how your evaluation form is converted into number grades.

For questions about the evaluation form, please contact Tiffany Swain, the 3rd Year Pediatric Clerkship Coordinator.

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.