Pediatrics Clerkship Overview

Pediatrics Clerkship


The world of children is a unique and challenging place.  Unlike adults, children can’t always tell you what is wrong with them.  During this clerkship, students will use the skills that they already have and learn additional techniques that will aid them in the care and evaluation of the pediatric patient.  During this rotation, students will have opportunities to provide pediatric care in a variety of clinical environments, which may include: inpatient ward services, outpatient primary care & specialty clinics, emergency department, and the newborn nursery. This is an exciting and busy clerkship where we anticipate students will learn a lot about children and their unique medical care.

Goals of the Clerkship

The Boston University School of Medicine’s curriculum is based on the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) core curriculum which fosters excellence in undergraduate medical education in pediatrics. Our common goals for the Pediatrics Curriculum include:

  • Perform effective oral presentations to communicate key clinical information to other clinicians
  • Acquisition of basic knowledge of growth and development (physical, physiologic and psychosocial) and of its clinical application from birth through adolescence.
  • Development of communication skills that will facilitate the clinical interaction with children, adolescents and their families and thus ensure that complete, accurate data are obtained.
  • Development of competency in the physical examination of infants, children and adolescents.
  •  Acquisition of the knowledge necessary for the diagnosis and initial management of common acute and chronic illnesses.
  • Development of clinical problem-solving skills.
  • Develop an understanding of the influence of family, community and society on the child in health and disease & foster a passion and respect for children and their families of many cultural backgrounds.
  •  Acquire strategies for health promotion as well as disease and injury prevention.
  • Enhance the attitudes and professional behaviors appropriate for clinical practice.
  •  Gain an understanding of the approach of pediatricians to the health care of children and adolescents.
  •  To engage students, residents and faculty in learning and teaching about the common issues of health and illness in pediatric patients