|UAB SOM Pediatric Clerkship|
The Junior Student Clerkship in Pediatrics, Birmingham Campus, is an eight week rotation which takes place during the third year of the medical school curriculum. This rotation is designed to expose the student to in-patient and outpatient pediatric problems and principals of health care maintenance. The program is divided into two four week periods, which are designated respectively the Inpatient and Outpatient.
Philosophy: Pediatrics is a primary care subspecialty of medicine, the primary concern of which is the comprehensive and continuing care of children. The basis of Pediatrics resides in an understanding of the growth and development of the human organism as it proceeds from birth to adulthood. Pediatrics is, therefore, not an organ-based specialty but one which evaluates the child, both in health and disease, in terms of developmental physiology and its relationship to both family and society. Education within Pediatrics is patient related and interactive. The student must learn that infants and children are different from adults in their responses to both the environment and to disease. By understanding the child in terms of developmental biology, psychosocial development, and cognitive development, the student will begin to appreciate that area of medicine which is Pediatrics. In dealing with children, the students in Pediatrics will have an opportunity to truly influence the future.
Clerkship Goals & Objectives:
The overall goal of the Pediatric Jr. Student Clerkship is to expose the student to an environment in which excellence in pediatric patient care, teaching, and research stimulates the student to explore the health care needs of well and ill children. Although the eight week clerkship period will expose the student to a wide variety of pediatric problems, the clerkship is by no means a comprehensive program of pediatric education. It is planned that during the clerkship period the student will be exposed to methods of inquiry which will allow the student to approach and research problems of infants, children, and adolescents, which they might not have been exposed to during the clerkship. During their pediatric rotation, the Junior Medical Student is expected to become familiar with many of the ethical and moral issues involved in caring for children, to include a recognition of child abuse and the requirement for every physician to remain a child advocate.
UAB SOM Goals & Objectives
Schools with an UASOM affiliation agreement:
Germany: Leipzig University (3 months)