Pediatric Endocrinology

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Department: PEDIATRICS
Rotation Title: Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Faculty: Jennifer Amaral, MD
Location: Driscoll Children's Hospital - Specialty Clinic
Duration: 4 weeks
Number of Students: 1
When Offered: All Year
Rotation Hours: Contingent upon physician and clinic schedules
Prerequisite(s): 4th Year Status

Goals-The faculty will strive to:

  • Give the senior medical student exposure to the evaluation and management of common pediatric endocrine problems in an outpatient setting.

Objectives-At the end of the rotation, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the approach to the child with a suspected growth disorder.
  • Clinically assess the stages of pubertal development.
  • Perform basic auxologic measurements accurately and properly interpret them.
  • Understand common disorders of the adrenal gland and their management.
  • Understand the significance of the Texas State Newborn Screening Program.
  • Appreciate the critical significance of diabetes education.
  • Understand the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis.
  • Understand the clinical use of insulin in children with diabetes.
  • Understand the psychosocial aspects of pediatric diabetes management.
  • Better understand the pathophysiology of Type I diabetes and its complications.
  • Have a basic understanding of dynamic endocrine testing.
  • Describe the approach to treatment of delayed pubertal development.
  • Understand the approach to a child with a thyroid disorder.

Learning Activities:

  • The student will work directly with faculty in the pediatric endocrinology clinic five days a week. The student will also observe diabetes nurse educators and nutritionists working with children with diabetes and their families. After a period of observation, the student will perform an initial history and physical examination on an endocrine/diabetes patient.
  • The student will participate in a weekly pediatric endocrine case conference with the entire division staff. There is also a monthly diabetes team meeting.
  • Hospital rounds on inpatient endocrine/diabetes patients and consults.
  • Assigned reading.

Learning Resources:

  • Insulin - Dependent Diabetes Mellitus, 9th Edition by Luther B. Travis (textbook)
  • Clinical Pediatric Endocrinology, 2nd Edition by S.A. Kaplan (textbook)
  • Medical Library


  • Faculty will base evaluation on observations and those of staff. The clinical evaluation form will be used.

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