Pediatric Inpatient (q4 call)

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Department: PEDIATRICS
Rotation Title: General Inpatient Pediatrics/Sub Internship in General Inpatient Pediatrics
Faculty: Floor Attendings/Residents
Location: Driscoll Children's Hospital
Duration: 4 weeks
Number of Students: Maximum - 4
When Offered: All Year
Rotation Hours: M - F; 7:00 - 4:00 (on call as desired)
Prerequisite(s): 4th Year Status

Goals-The faculty will strive to:

  • Develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge that constitute a good foundation in inpatient pediatrics
  • Involve student actively in patient care and stress the assessment and management of common inpatient childhood conditions
  • Demonstrate the continuum of care from outpatient-inpatient-outpatient
  • Clarify which patients require in-hospital care and why
  • Emphasize the important role of social factors in child's care
  • Assist the student in leaning the indications, limitations, and interpretation of laboratory tests and imaging studies
  • Facilitate the development of a logical and appropriate clinical approach to the care of hospitalized children
  • Help the student understand how to maintain accurate, timely and legally appropriate medical records;
  • Interact with members of the medial staff and patient's families as a role model
  • Demonstrate the appropriate utilization of consultations
  • Enhance the student's ability to research the literature and use reference books and manuals in the day to day care of patients

Objectives-At the end of the rotation, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss indications for hospitalizations
  • Perform a thorough and age appropriate history and physical examination
  • Record the obtained information in a legible, complete and well organized fashion
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis with age appropriate consideration
  • Explain the indications and limitations of laboratory testing and interpret abnormalities in the context of specific physiologic derangements
  • Apply principles of decision-making and problem-solving in the care of hospitalized children
  • Identify problems and risk factors in the child and the family
  • Communicate well with residents, attending staff, nurses
  • Recognize the limit of one's knowledge and ask for help as needed
  • Maintain daily progress notes, relevant investigations and management plans.

Learning Activities:

  • Morning Report 7:00-8:00 a.m. Includes night's prior admissions including emergency department admissions;
  • Morning floor rounds with senior resident supervision taking place daily from 8:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Teaching floor rounds targeted to the knowledge and skills required of a general pediatrician is conducted by the faculty daily from 11:00-12:00 p.m. or from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • Core conference: Monday-Thursdays which include diverse topics fundamental to general pediatrics (12:00-1:00 PM);
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds are presented each Friday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
  • Bedside rounds held by the faculty from 2:00-3:30 p.m. with students include all patient from whom students are responsible
  • Sign-out rounds at 4:00 p.m. are used to discuss patients who are admitted to the hospital during the day and patients in need of close observation.

Learning Resources:

  • Textbooks, collection of journal references
  • Clinic staff, physicians and nurses, available to work with the student.
  • Medical Library on hospital campus and library at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi


  • Direct observation and feedback during rotation
  • Standard student clinical evaluation form upon completion of rotation
  • Clinical Evaluation Form (100%) to be completed by the physician preceptor with whom the student has worked.

Contact Information

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