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Objectives of the Pediatrics Clerkship

Medical Knowledge

  1. Demonstrate the ability to generate an age-appropriate differential diagnosis based on the interview and physical examination.
  2. Describe the components of a pediatric health supervision visit, including health promotion and disease and injury prevention, the use of screening tools, and immunizations for newborns, infants, toddlers, school age children, and adolescents.
  3. List the differential diagnosis for common symptoms or patient presentations. such as abdominal pain, abnormal growth pattern, ALTE, respiratory distress, jaundice, vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing and seizures.
  4. Describe the clinical features of common acute and chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, anemia, atopic dermatitis, AD/HD, bronchiolitis, Kawasaki disease, cellulitis, cerebral palsy, child abuse, croup, dehydration, diabetes, strep pharyngitis, meningitis, epilepsy, urinary tract infection, osteomyelitis, gastroenteritis, gastroesophageal reflux, otitis media and viral URI. 

Clinical Care

  1. Demonstrate an ability to perform an age-appropriate history and physical examination in children of all ages. 
  2. Interpret the results of common diagnostic tests with an emphasis on age-related norms. 
  3. Search for relevant information using data sources (textbooks, electronic searches) and critically appraise the information obtained to make evidence based decisions in patient care.  

Professional Behavior

  1. Demonstrate a positive attitude and regard for education by demonstrating universal attendance, punctuality, intellectual curiosity, initiative, honesty, responsibility, dedication to being prepared, maturity in soliciting, accepting and acting on feedback. 

Communication Skills

  1. Demonstrate communication skills with patients and families that convey respect, integrity, flexibility, sensitivity and compassion while avoiding use of medical jargon. 
  2. Present a complete, well-organized verbal and written summary of the patient’s history and physical examination findings, including an assessment and plan modifying the presentation to fit the time constraints and educational goals of the situation.

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