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Pediatrics

 

Pediatric Clerkship Course Description

(PE011, PE012, PE013, PE016, PE016-D)

A required six-week clinical clerkship in Pediatrics is offered in the Departments of Pediatrics at multiple sites: the Mattel Children’s Hospital, in combination with Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Sunset Medical Center, and at Riverside/Redlands Community Hospitals, in combination with Riverside County Regional Medical Center (RCRMC). Students spend all of their time based at one of these five sites. Although the teaching programs vary somewhat, essentially comparable material in pediatrics is presented at each of the institutions. Students spend time in both inpatient and outpatient settings as defined in the table below.

  Clerkship Objectives - Upon completion of the clerkship, you should be able to:  

  1. Obtain pertinent historical data from a parent and/or child interview enabling you to develop the historical basis for a   comprehensive evaluation of clinical problems.
  2. Skillfully perform a physical examination on any age child, including an assessment of physical growth and psychomotor development, while mastering the skills to clearly and concisely record your findings.
  3. Critically evaluate and integrate data in seeking solutions to clinical problems (i.e., synthesizing and analyzing the information gathered to develop an approach to the differential diagnosis, and the subsequent formulation of evaluation and management plans.)
  4. Acquire a core fund of knowledge in general pediatrics that may be applied to the evaluation and management of children in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  5. Strengthen both your written and verbal communication skills in multiple settings.
  6. Address the care of each child with an understanding of health care systems and the resources available to the patient.
  7. Better appreciate the impact of psychosocial factors and stresses (for example, family and domestic violence) on the well-being and subsequent evaluation and management of children.

For all patients encountered in the clinic and on the ward, students are expected to take a thorough history, perform a thorough physical exam, assess development if indicated, formulate a differential diagnosis by synthesis and analysis of the information obtained, and develop diagnostic and management plans.  Students will also be introduced to evidence-based pediatric medicine and evaluation of the child as a part of the whole health care system.  Attention will be primarily given to illness and disease processes in children, but strategies for prevention and health promotion will also be reviewed.  Students are encouraged to be actively involved in the ongoing care and follow-up of their patients. 

Teaching, supervision, and evaluation of students are primarily the responsibility of the faculty.  Pediatric residents will also play an important role in teaching.  Students are evaluated on their performance in the ambulatory setting, on the ward, in the nursery, and on the final written examination. The computer-based examination is given on the last day of the clerkship and is a case-based multiple choice exam.  A more detailed description of the exam and information about who will be participating in the evaluation of students’ clinical performance will be provided in the clerkship orientation.


Breakdown of Pediatric Rotations at the UCLA Hospitals

 

Site

Ward

Nursery

Clinic

Community Medicine

OVMC

Ward Call

Nursery Call

Clinic  Night Call

Community Medicine Call

OVMC Call

UCLA

 

2

 

0.3

 

1.7

 

 

2**

1 weekend, and 2 weeknight calls until 2200

 

--

--

1Weeknight 1 Weekend call until 2000

CEDARS-SINAI

3

1

1

Off site

Ambulatory

1*

--

q4th night

until 2200

q4th night

'til 2200

 

q4th night

'til 2200

 

--

HARBOR-UCLA

3

1.5

1.5

Peds (ED)

--

--

q4th night

until

2200

1 night/ rotation

until 2200

1 night until

2000

(ED call)

 

1 wkend day 0800-1600

--

--

KAISER SUNSET

3

1

2

--

--

Q4th night until 2200

Q4th night until 2200

Once each week (2 shifts)

--

--

KAISER SUNSET -D

2

1

3

 

 

Q4th night until 2200

Q4th night until 2200

Once each week (2 shifts)

 

 

RIVER/RED

3

0.3

2.7

 

 

3 overnight calls in 3 weeks

 

Q week until 2200

 

 

*           Includes subspecialty clinic experiences

**          Olive View-UCLA Medical Center - Acute Care Clinic (Includes subspecialty clinic experiences)

***        UCLA Brentwood Med-Peds Practice

 

Course Chair:

Lee Todd Miller, M.D.
(310) 206-8468
ltmiller@mednet.ucla.edu

Coordinator:

Madeline Verzola
(310) 267-9128
mverzola@mednet.ucla.edu

 

     

ORIENTATION
Students on the Pediatrics rotation will attend a one day orientation session on the first day of the clerkship.  During the orientation session, students will receive an introduction to the Pediatric history and physical examination, as well as an introduction to Pediatric Radiology.  The orientation session will be held at UCLA.  Students will go to their sites on the second day of the clerkship.

 

CLERKSHIP CONTACTS

 

Hospital Site

Site Director(s)

Student Coordinator

  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center 
  • Olive View Hospital

UCLA/OVH (PE011)

James H. Lee, MD
(310) 825-9346
jameslee@mednet.ucla.edu

Alan Quillian , MD
(818) 364-3233
aquillian@dhs.lacounty.gov

Madeline Verzola
(310) 267-9128
mverzola@mednet.ucla.edu

Lupe Cevantes
(818) 364-3233
lcervantes@dhs.lacounty.gov

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

CS (PE012)

Debbie Lehman , MD
(310) 423-4471
deborah.lehman@cshs.org

Arthur Cho, MD

(310) 423-4467
arthur.cho@cshs.org

Esther Tolentino
(310) 423-4780
esther.tolentino@cshs.org

  • HARBOR-UCLA Medical Center

HARBOR (PE013)

Monica Sifuentes, MD
(310) 222-3080
msifuentes@pol.net

Lynne Smith, MD
(310) 222-1968
smith@labiomed.org

Alma Peña
(310) 222-2343
apena@labiomed.org

  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center- Sunset

KAISER.SUN (PE016 & PE016-D)

Neilsh J. Patel, MD, FAAP
(323) 783-7421
nilesh.j.pagel@kp.org

Christopher Grybauskas, MD
(323) 783-6243
christopher.k.grybauskas@kp.org

 

Narine Mirzakhanyan
(323) 783-7836
Narine.mirzakhanyan@kp.org

Tiffany Johnson (Fry)

(323) 783-0256
Tiffany.a.Fry@kp.org

Karla St. Germain, MD
karla.d.stgermain@kp.org