My third year of medical school and first time being in the hospital and actually dealing with real patients began with Pediatrics. Here is a breakdown of what that clerkship was like for me.
Timeline: 8 weeks
4 weeks inpatient- 2 weeks on a general peds team, 2 weeks on a specialty team (I was on the pulmonary team)
4 weeks outpatient- 1 week in the general peds clinic, 1 week in various specialty clinics, 1 week nursery, 1 week night float
Other: weekly lecture/case based study with quiz; NBME at the end of the clerkship
Inpatient- ~6:30-4:00 everyday and every other weekend
Outpatient- ~8:00-4:00 with no weekends; except for nursery and night float
First Aid for the Pediatrics Clerkship: As always, the First Aid series of books are great. This book gave a great overview of the most common pediatric points to know for boards and was an easy and quick read.
UWorld questions: UWorld questions are always great to help grasp the types and format of questions that will be asked on board exams.
Emma Holliday Ramahi’s Review: This video review, which can be found on the UT San Antonio COM website, is a great study alternative to just reading a textbook. It is a quick, high-yield review that is great to watch the day before a final.
The atmosphere in a children’s hospital is unlike anywhere else. One of my brothers is special needs and therefore has spent lots of time in various children’s hospitals. Even though there are sad times and one would think everyone would be depressed from being around so many sick kids, all of the workers, from doctors and nurses to housekeeping and cafeteria workers, are so cheerful. Kids are the best, always being so optimistic and joyful, and it is hard to not be happy while being around them.
I loved my time on pediatrics!! I had been thinking about it for a while, but after completing this clerkship, I know without a doubt that I want to pursue a career in pediatrics. I loved my time on inpatient and can totally see myself being a hospitalist in a children’s hospital one day!
Have you spent any time in a children’s hospital? What was your experience like? Do you have any other questions about pediatrics? Feel free to leave your comments and questions below.
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