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Format and General Schedule of the Pediatrics Clerkship

The Pediatrics Clerkship is an eight-week experience in which students care for patients in both inpatient and outpatient (ambulatory) settings. The clerkship focuses on general pediatrics but students participate in the care of patients with subspecialty needs as well.

After a three-day program of educational sessions or lectures intended to orient students to pediatrics (PRECEDE), students spend approximately four weeks rotating in an inpatient setting and four weeks rotating in an outpatient setting. Additionally, students are required to complete a one-day rotation at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, an affiliated hospital for children with developmental disabilities and rehabilitation needs.

Throughout the clerkship, there are weekly lectures presented by exceptional faculty. These serve as an aide in preparing for the National Board of Medical Examiners shelf exam in pediatrics, which is administered at the end of the clerkship.

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