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Electives - Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Elective Number: 1304
Coordinator: Aileen Watchko, 924-8485
Duration: Maximum 4 weeks, Minimum 2 weeks
Available: All Rotations
Time to Report: Orientation date & time arranged prior to elective
Place to Report:
Typical day: 10am-6pm OR 6pm-2am
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.
Number of students per rotation: 2
Course Description: Students participate in the highest level of pediatric patient care allowed a medical student. Students obtain a history and perform a physical exam on pediatric patients from newborn to adolescence. Under the direct supervision of attendings and senior residents, students exercise clinical thinking and develop differential diagnosis, management and disposition for pediatric patients presenting with medical illness, for an OBGYN workup, surgical workups, traumatic injuries and psychiatric issues. The students will become familiar with common infectious diseases, pediatric surgical/orthopedic emergencies and toxicology emergencies, as well as pregnancy related issues. The student will increase their communication skills with children, families, consultants and emergency medicine staff. Students will participate under supervision in common procedures in pediatric emergency medicine such as suturing, conscious sedation, and splinting of extremity injuries. Students work 8 hour shifts which may include weekends.
1. To expand history taking skills and physical exam skills in pediatric patients and their families. To develop differentials and management goals for a variety of medical, surgical, OBGYN and psychiatric diagnosis in pediatrics.
2. To expand writing skills in the documentation of patient encounters in Peds EM.
3. To develop consultation skills when requesting input from specialty services.
4. To develop skills of multitasking in a busy ED setting.
5. To develop signoff/sign in skills.
6. To increase skill with procedures as splinting of extremities and wound care with suturing
7. To maintain professionalism, respect for all colleagues working in the health care system