The Department of Pediatrics provides educational experiences at the Oishei Children's Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, and affiliated clinics and offices. The departmental faculty represents a broad range of medical expertise with a strong focus in primary care as well as specialists in all major pediatric subspecialty areas. The Department of Pediatrics has a tradition of excellence in clinical teaching and has maintained a commitment to the education of all medical students toward the understanding of major medical and social issues in child health. Students who participate in educational experiences with the Department of Pediatrics will be provided opportunities to study in both inpatient and ambulatory clinical settings. All educational experiences will be closely supervised by full-time faculty members. Students will be provided educational goals and timely feedback on their progress.

At Oishei Children's Hospital, inpatient teaching experiences will include the evaluation of children with a wide range of serious medical problems. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the performance of appropriate historical and physical examination skills for children of all ages from infancy through adolescence. Students will participate actively in ward teaching rounds and learn not only the pathophysiology of pediatric disease, but also the clinical art of caring for children with medical illnesses. Clinical teaching experiences will include subspecialty services in ambulatory pediatrics, cardiology, endocrinology & diabetes, emergency medicine, critical care, dermatology/allergy/immunology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, genetics, infectious disease, neonatology, nephrology, pulmonary disease, and developmental and rehabilitative pediatrics. During pediatric electives and clerkships, students are expected to participate in regularly scheduled departmental and divisional seminars. All departmental educational programs are open to any interested student.

Educational and clinical experiences are also available at Mercy Hospital, which includes studying general pediatrics in the ambulatory setting. Emphasis is placed on continuity of clinical care, growth and development, as well as common pediatric diseases.

Research experiences during the fourth year of medical studies are available for both bench research and patient-related studies. These research opportunities allow students to work directly with senior faculty and to gain insight into the process of conducting biomedical research, analyzing data, and understanding ethical issues related to biomedical research.

Department Coordinator: Sue Quirk

Course Descriptions

  • PED 700 Pediatric Clinical Clerkship, 6 credits
    The goals of the Pediatric Clerkship are to introduce medical students to the specialty of pediatrics and to give them the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in this field by means of clinical experiences under expert guidance.
  • 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.
  • PED 803 Developmental Pediatrics and Pediatric Rehabilitation, 4 credits
    To increase diagnostic management for advocacy skills for children, adolescents and young adults with developmental disabilities.
  • PED 804 Pediatric Cardiology, 4 credits
    The goals of this rotation are to provide a general appreciation for the scope of pediatric cardiology ranging from the critically ill newborn to the office detection of the functional murmur.
  • PED 806 Pediatric Dermatology – Allergy – Clinical Immunology, 4 credits
    The rotation is solely an ambulatory care experience. The purpose of this rotation is to give students an opportunity to learn about the diagnosis and management of outpatients with dermatologic allergic and immunologic diseases.
  • PED 807 Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology Combined
    The goal of this course is to gain a better understanding of conditions associated with immune dysregulation. The immune system is complex and the pathology associated with it is vast and often difficult to master. This elective will provide a more in depth experience in several facets of the immune system including immune deficiencies, allergic disease, and autoimmunity.
  • PED 808 Clinical Pediatric Nephrology, 4 credits
    This rotation is designed to enhance the student’s understanding of etiology and pathophysiology of renal diseases in infants and children including fluid and electrolyte disorders, hypertension, glomerulonephritis, nephrotic syndrome and renal failure.
  • PED 810 Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 4 credits
    The purpose of this course is to give the student an opportunity to learn about the diagnosis and management of pediatric emergencies.
  • PED 814 Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, 4 credits
    The objective of this rotation is to give the students an opportunity to learn about the diagnosis and management of common hematological and oncological disorders in children, to interpret blood smears and to have a practical experience in evaluating other frequently used hematology laboratory procedures.
  • PED 816 Genetics and Dysmorphology, 4 credits
    The goal of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to learn how the principles of human genetics relate to the diagnosis, management and genetic counseling of individuals and families directly and indirectly affected by genetic disorders.
  • PED 818 Subinternship in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, 4 credits
    The purpose of this rotation is to familiarize the student with the recognition and management of a variety of acute problems that present in the pediatric ICU patient.
  • PED 819 Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, 4 credits
    The objectives of this rotation are to give the students a broad experience in clinical pediatric endocrinology and diabetes and to teach them the requisite skills of history taking and physical examination pertaining to this specialty.
  • PED 820 Ambulatory Preceptorship in General Pediatrics, 4 credits
    The goals of this rotation are to provide the students with exposure to the setting of a private pediatric practice and firsthand experience in providing primary care to pediatric patients.
  • PED 825 Subinternship in Neonatology, 4 credits
    The goal of the course is to introduce the student to the principles of newborn health care through a structured clinical experience as a subintern in the regional neonatal intensive care unit at the Children’s Hospital.
  • PED 828 Nutrition / Gastroenterology, 4 credits
    The objective of this rotation is to provide the student with an opportunity to evaluate gastroenterologic problems in the pediatric age group, including specific diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, brush border enzyme deficiencies, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, neonatal hepatitis and chronic liver disease.
  • PED 831 Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 4 credits
    The purpose of the rotation in pediatric infectious diseases is to provide an opportunity for students to gain a greater understanding of infectious diseases that occur in children.
  • PED 834 Pediatric Pulmonary Disease, 4 credits
    This rotation is designed to improve the student’s skills in the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of infants and children with acute and chronic pulmonary disease.
  • PED 837 Pediatric Newborn Nursery, 4 credits
    The goal of this rotation is to provide an encompassing experience in the care of a newborn.
  • PED 890 Course At Other University, 4 credits
    The goal of this rotation is to give students an opportunity to take an elective in pediatrics at a university of their choosing, to either study a pediatric subspecialty area that is not available in Buffalo or to participate in a department that they are considering for pediatric residency training.
  • PED 950 Research in Pediatrics, 4 credits
    The objectives of the course are to give fourth-year students an opportunity to participate in an ongoing research program or perhaps initiate a research project of their own to be completed during the academic year.