Elective Rotations

Outpatient Pediatrics

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Department: PEDIATRICS
Rotation Title: General Outpatient Pediatrics
Faculty: Dr. Uduak Etuknwa and Dr. William J. Reed
Location: Driscoll Health Center
Duration: 4 weeks
Number of Students: One
When Offered: All Year
Rotation Hours: Contingent upon physician schedule
Prerequisite(s): 4th Year Status

Goals-The faculty will strive to:

  • Develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge that constitute a good foundation in outpatient pediatrics.

  • Teach competence in the clinical evaluation of infants, children and adolescents with a wide range of outpatient problems.

  • Correlate basic science knowledge with normal growth, development and clinical diseases in children and adolescents.

  • Enhance the student's communication skills with patients, parents and professional colleagues.

  • Expose the student to the multiple presentations of common pediatric disorders and to the clinical features of less common problems in children and adolescents.

  • Contrast science-based pediatrics with common sense and the required art of medical practice.

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

  • Obtain a well-organized/focused medical history from a second party or adolescent and perform a complete physical examination.

  • Present findings in focused/cohesive manner and suggest a sort differential diagnosis and treatment plan.

  • Understand the longitudinal use of growth graphs, basic growth and development, Tanner stages and puberty.

  • Perform tympanometry, write prescriptions, use a rotational approach to the Tier I and II antibiotics.

  • Understand EPSDT screening, NB screening, lead evaluation, and hearing/vision screens.

  • Recognize common pediatric problems in the outpatient setting.

  • Learning Activities:

  • Diagnostic algorithm modules of common pediatric complaints, for example, "the red eye", "the painful limp", and "stridor", etc.

  • Observe and perform tympanometry, acoustic reflexometry, pneumatic otoscopy, ear washes.

  • Outpatient bacteriology experience and learning module on rational antibiotic usage.

  • Outlining brief impressions, differential diagnoses, laboratory testing and treatment plans; provision of appropriate prescriptions with staff supervision.

  • Learning Resources:

  • Textbooks, collection of journal references

  • Clinic staff, physicians and nurses, available to work with the student

  • Medical Library located on hospital campus and at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

  • Evaluation:

  • Direct observation and feedback during rotation

  • Standard student clinical evaluation form upon completion of rotation

  • Clinical Evaluation Form (100%) to be completed by the physician preceptor with whom the student has worked.
  • Contact Information

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