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Common Objectives for the Core Clerkship in Pediatrics at HMS Goals:

  1. To use pediatrics as a model to teach the core skills of clinical medicine.
  2. To understand the importance of development as a concept (e.g., physiologic, psychosocial, etc.) within pediatrics
  3. To develop familiarity with commonly encountered acute and chronic pediatric illnesses.
  4. To understand the importance of providing family-centered care.

Competency 1: History taking and physical examination skills (Data gathering)

The student will be able to obtain a complete history and perform a complete physical examination on all patients across all pediatric age groups including newborns, infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents.

Competency 2: Data presentation skills

The student will effectively and professionally communicate information about the patient, history and physical, diagnosis and treatment plan to other caregivers and to the patient/family.

Competency 3: Core knowledge and clinical thought process

The student will be able to recognize common pediatric conditions and formulate differential diagnoses and management plans. When a particular diagnosis is not seen via clinical encounters, additional reading materials including CLIPP cases may be used to augment learning.

Competency 4: Professionalism and interpersonal skills

The student will demonstrate intellectual curiosity, initiative, responsibility, and reliability in patient care and self-directed learning.