PED 800 Subinternship in Pediatrics, 4 credits

The objectives of the rotation are to provide senior students with an intensive experience in inpatient clinical pediatrics with more direct patient responsibility than the junior clerkship so as to improve skills in the diagnosis and management of acute pediatric problems. The subinternship is offered at Oishei Children's Hospital. Inpatient subinternships are available on the general inpatient service as well as the Hematology/Oncology Service.

The subintern will act as the primary physician, caring for the patients under the supervision of the resident and attending staff. The student will be expected to function essentially as an intern; however, closer supervision will be given by the senior residents. Admissions will be assigned to the subintern. Night call will be approximately every fourth night, when the subintern will be the primary caretaker for all the patients on that service, in addition to admitting new patients. A complete history and physical examination will be performed on all patients assigned to the subintern, who will then formulate an assessment and plan of management in conjunction with the senior staff. The student will learn to perform procedures necessary for patient care and will follow patients throughout their hospitalization, writing all orders and daily progress notes in the problem-oriented format.

Upon completion of the subinternship, the student should strengthen basic skills of history taking and physical examination of the pediatric patient as well as becoming more proficient in establishing a problem list and planning and adapting an appropriate course of management throughout the hospital course. Skills in case presentation, seeking consultations, and direct communication with the private physician, family, and all members of the patient-care team should be attained.

Full-time, including nights and weekends.

Must contact coordinator for availability.

Prerequisite: MS4

Modules: A-K

Number of students: 2

Course Director: Wayne Waz, MD

Course Coordinator: Sue Quirk