Medical Student Education

Third Year Clerkship

The Third Year Pediatric Clerkship is directed by Eve Colson, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics. This core clerkship is eight weeks in length. Each medical student spends four weeks on an inpatient service, either at the Yale New Haven Children's Hospital or at Bridgeport Hospital, and four weeks in two two-week ambulatory settings.

The goal of the clerkship is to incorporate the clerks as critical thinking and working members of the ward or outpatient team, to introduce them to the pediatric history and physical exam, to introduce them to the physical examination of a newborn and the care of families with neonates and to actively engage them in critical thinking and reasoning, especially in relation to those diseases and pathologic conditions that are seen in children.

All Yale medical students must complete the clerkship prior to graduation.