Pediatrics Electives (VS)

Trainees will be exposed to a broad array of congenital and acquired heart disease in pediatrics, ranging from fetal to adult congenital heart patients. Over the course of the elective, students will develop a basic understanding of the physiology of normal circulation, as well as the pathophysiology, diagnostic tests, and management of common forms of congenital and acquired heart disease encountered. Students will be exposed to patients over a broad range of settings, from daily inpatient rounds to outpatient continuity clinics. Additionally, there may be opportunities for trainees to observe complex diagnostic and therapeutic management options, including advanced cardiac imaging, cardiac catheterization, and surgical repair of pediatric heart defects.

Length of Rotation: 4 weeks (maximum - 1 student)

Scheduling Restriction(s): N/A

Student's Class Level: 3rd, 4th, 5th year

Prerequisite(s): N/A

Accept Visiting Students: Yes

Learning Objectives

This elective will provide an extensive exposure to various aspects of pediatric endocrinology, with an emphasis on disorders of growth and sexual development, thyroid function, diabetes (type 1 and type 2), obesity, and bone and mineral metabolism.  The student will participate primarily in the Outpatient Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Clinics, as well as the inpatient service.  Many of our clinics are located at 1 Long Wharf Drive, therefore, transportation is necessary.  The rotation includes participation in weekly pediatric endocrinology endocrinology conferences as well as conferences held jointly with the adult endocrinology service.  

Length of Rotation: 4 weeks (maximum - 2 students)

Student's Class Level: 3rd, 4th, 5th year

Prerequisite(s): N/A

Accept Visiting Students: Yes - must have a strong command of English

Learning Objectives

Students will participate in pediatric infectious disease rounds by presenting the case study of an inpatient that they have examined to a group of faculty and fellows. Emphasis will be placed on the correlation of the clinical problem and its practical management with principles of infectious epidemiology and clinical microbiology (bacteriology and virology). Consulting rounds are held daily. Teaching rounds in Diagnostic Microbiology are held four times per week at 11:00 A.M. Weekly divisional rounds will last approximately two hours and are held on Thursday afternoons. Students also attend the Pediatric AIDS Clinic.

Length of Rotation: 4 weeks (maximum - 1 student)

Scheduling Restriction(s): N/A

Student's Class Level: 4th, 5th year

Prerequisite(s): Completed Pediatric clerkship or special permission from ID faculty member

Accept Visiting Students: Yes - one visiting student per elective period, departmental approval

Learning Objectives

Senior medical students will have an opportunity to participate as a member of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit team. During the elective, students are directly responsible for the care of their assigned patients under the supervision of pediatric residents, critical care fellows, and attending intensivists. A core curriculum composed of interactive talks on the major pediatric critical care topics is presented two to three times a week, as well as daily radiology rounds and monthly morbidity and mortality conference.


Length of Rotation: 4 weeks (maximum - 1 student)

Scheduling Restriction(s): Not offered 06/19/17 - 07/14/17, 07/17/17 - 08/11/17, 08/14/17 - 09/08/17 and 11/06/17 - 12/01/17.

Student's Class Level:   4th, 5th year

Prerequisite: N/A

Accept Visiting Students: Yes

Learning Objectives

During this elective, you will be exposed to a broad variety of activities in the Section of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine. These will include evaluation and treatment of infants and children with acute and chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, aspiration syndromes and obstructive sleep disorders. We will review the basics of mechanical ventilation. The emphasis is learning how to assess respiratory dysfunction by physical exam and laboratory testing.

You will rotate through the inpatient and various outpatient services and specialty clinics (i.e. Asthma, BPD, EIB, MDA, Trach /Vent & Sleep), Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Exercise Stress Testing Lab and Pediatric Sleep Center.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to experience one of only 2 CF Center's in the state of CT offering a multidisciplinary team approach providing a comprehensive “state of the art” care of CF patients.

  • Students expected to participate in seminars, journal club and patient rounds and clinics.
  • Visiting students must submit their Transcript, CV, copy of application and one letter of recommendation for consideration.

Length of Rotation: 2 or 4 weeks (maximum - 1 student)

Scheduling Restriction(s): N/A

Student's Class Level: 3rd, 4th, 5th year

Prerequisite(s): N/A

Accept Visiting Students: Yes

Learning Objectives