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Pediatrics at Orange: Community Practice Elective

Elective Number: 2413 (lottery)

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Schinstock, ecb7c@virginia.edu

Duration: Maximum 4 weeks, Minimum 2 weeks

Available: all Rotations

Report to: Attending Physician

Time to Report: 8:30 am

Place to Report: Orange Medical Center. Students must provide transportation to Orange. Students should contact Dr. Schinstock, ecb7c@virginia.edu 2 - 3 weeks in advance to obtain information for the elective.

Typical day: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation: 1  

Course Description: Pediatrics at Orange is a rural pediatric practice with a diverse patient population located approximately 45 minutes north of Charlottesville. Here, the student can participate in the primary care of pediatric patients, from well child-care and routine sick visits, to patients with more complicated and chronic medical conditions, as well as those with complex social issues which impact health. There is no weekend call or rounds during the rotation. In particular, students can expect the following:

  • Students will work in the office four to five days each week. In addition, there will be many opportunities to experience the entire range of rural health care; time will be spent with other professionals, which may include the county health department and the WIC nutritionist.
  • Students will refine their history taking and physical examination skills as they relate to pediatric patients.
  • Students will refine their communication skills (written and oral) with patients of varying ages and backgrounds.
  • Students will become familiar with the complexity of social issues that directly and indirectly impact on the health and welfare of children.
  • Students will refine their understanding of normal and abnormal child development.
  • There will be required reading to be completed by the student.


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