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Pediatrics Electives (VS)

EL Pediatrics Cardiology Elective

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

EL Pediatrics Endocrinology & Diabetes Elective

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

EL Pediatrics Infectious Disease Elective

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): Limited Availability

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

EL Pediatrics Critical Care Medicine Elective (PICU)

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 01/28/2019 - 02/22/2019, 02/25/2019 - 03/22/2019, 07/15/2019 - 08/09/2019, 08/12/2019 - 09/06/2019

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

Prerequisite: N/A

Accept Visiting Students: Yes

Learning Objectives

EL Pediatrics Respiratory Pulmonary Elective
The Pediatric Respiratory Medicine Elective will provide training and experience in the diagnosis and management of common respiratory and sleep disorders in children and adolescents. Students will participate in the direct patient care and observation of patients on our inpatient service and in the ambulatory pulmonary clinics. They will have the opportunity to go to the operating room to observe bronchoscopies. They will review pulmonary function tests. The inpatient experience will consist of daily bedside rounds and consultations on the wards. Inpatient rounds will be conducted with the attending physician and pulmonary fellow on service. The outpatient experience will occur with the faculty during their office hours and fellows during their continuity clinic. We have a dedicated pulmonary function laboratory for children, a pediatric exercise laboratory, an accredited sleep laboratory and accredited Cystic Fibrosis  (CF) Center.   Our CF Center in one of only 2 CF  Centers in the state of Connecticut and offers a multidisciplinary team approach to providing comprehensive state-of-the-art care for children and adolescents with CF. Students are expected to attend pulmonary conferences and seminars.

At the end of the elective, students should be able to:
1.    Elicit, organize, and synthesize a pertinent pulmonary history and perform physical examination;
2.    Identify common lung sounds and the discuss physiology associated with the sounds;
3.    Classify asthma severity based on National Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management  of Asthma and delineate appropriate therapy based on disease classification;
4.    List the organ systems most affected by cystic fibrosis (CF), describe the effects of CF on organ systems and delineate common therapies for CF-related disease; and
5.    Teach families basic asthma pathophysiology, medication classification, and medication delivery techniques using plain language.

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

Scheduling Restriction(s): Not offered December or May

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

Prerequisite(s): N/A

Accept Visiting Students: Yes

Learning Objectives