Pediatric Medical Student Education
Harvard Medical School Core Clerkship in Pediatrics
MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides an important resource for the education of medical students. Students come for their core clerkship in pediatrics, sub-internship in pediatrics and electives in pediatric subspecialties. All education experiences are coordinated under the guidance of Harvard Medical School.
Core Clerkship in Pediatrics
Course Number: IN550M.3B
Working with children provides many opportunities for observing the natural process of growth and maturation. By becoming involved in the clinical management of infants, children and adolescents, students familiarize themselves with indicators of health, strategies for disease and injury prevention, and treatment of medical conditions affecting children. Acquisition of clinical skills and a critical approach to clinical decision-making are emphasized. The clerkship includes three weeks of pediatric wards and one week each in the pediatric emergency room, newborn nursery and general pediatric outpatient settings. In each of these settings, students participate in all aspects of patient care under the supervision of residents and attendings. In addition to participating in work rounds, teaching attending rounds and daily case conferences, students attend a core lecture series on Friday afternoons. These lectures are attended by students in all core pediatric rotations and take place at both Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. This course is a component of the Core Clinical Clerkship in Women's and Children's Health. For more information, see the Harvard Medical School Course Listings.
T. Bernard Kinane, MD
Ann Murray, MD, MPH
MGfC Student Programs: 617-643-0715
Harvard Medical School Pediatric Advanced Clerkship and Advanced Elective in Pediatrics
Course Number: PD550M.3
This is an advanced pediatric clerkship (sub internship) designed for students who have completed their Core Clerkship in Pediatrics and who desire a more intensive experience with increased responsibility in the management of pediatric patients. The goal of this clerkship is to provide students with an opportunity to strengthen skills in the evaluation and management of pediatric patients. Students work on the general inpatient wards admitting and managing general pediatric and subspecialty patients as part of the ward team under the supervision of senior residents and attending physicians, as well as attend daily teaching conferences with their team. There are also opportunities to shadow physicians.
Course Number: PD501.M.3
This rotation is primarily for non-Harvard Medical School students who are visiting from other institutions. This is an advanced pediatric clerkship designed for students who have completed their Core Clerkship in Pediatrics and who desire a more intensive experience with increased responsibility in the management of pediatric patients. The goal of this clerkship is to provide students with an opportunity to strengthen skills in the evaluation and management of pediatric patients. To achieve this goal, students are offered some flexibility in choosing inpatient and outpatient experiences that match their individual interests and educational goals. Students primarily choose to spend time on the general inpatient wards to admit and manage patients as part of the ward team under the supervision of senior residents and attending physicians, as well as attend daily teaching conferences with their ward team. This is equivalent to the Harvard Medical School sub-internship (PD550M.3) Experiences can also be arranged in a variety of subspecialty inpatient and outpatient settings, including but not limited to pediatric emergency medicine, adolescent medicine, pediatric radiology and pediatric hematology/oncology. For more information, see the Harvard Medical School Course Listings.
Vandana Madhavan, MD, MPH
MGfC Student Programs: 617-643-0715
Multiple student electives are available in Pediatrics. Electives at Mass General for Children are administered by Harvard Medical School through their Registrar's office. All away rotators apply through the Harvard Medical School Exchange Clerkship Program, which can be found at https://meded.hms.harvard.edu/registrar-visiting-students.
We encourage you to read more about some of the phenomenal electives offered at Mass General for Children:
PD507M.3 Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
PD515M.3 Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition
PD520M.3 Pediatric Intensive Care
PD528M.3 Primary Care Pediatrics in a Neighborhood Health Center
PD529M.3 Pediatric Emergency Medicine
PS530M.3 Lurie Ctr: Multidisciplinary Clinic for Children, Adolescents & Adults w/ Autism Spectrum Disorder
PD550M.3 Core Subinternship in Pediatrics
We encourage rotating students to take part in resident conferences and to meet with the Chief Residents and one of the Program Directors during their time at MGfC.
Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP)
Mass General for Children is proud to partner with the HMS Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP), which is designed to increase the number of national minority students applying to HMS-affiliated hospital training programs. In order to be placed at Mass General for Children, please indicate this as your first preference when applying to VCP. Rotation descriptions are linked above. If you have any questions about the VCP at Mass General for Children please contact Dr. Carlos Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and to obtain a VCP application, please visit: https://mfdp.med.harvard.edu/vcp
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