Pediatric Clerkship Review

Pediatric Clerkship Review

Pediatric Clerkship Review

I cannot believe that I have already finished another clerkship. Third year is flying by! Read on to find out all about my 6 weeks of pediatric clerkship.

Course Structure:

-Outpatient (2 weeks): My first two weeks of the rotation were spent in outpatient clinics. I rotated through general peds clinic, specialty peds clinics, and surgery specialty clinics. For general clinic, I would go in to see the patient first, do a history and physical, and present my plan to the resident. In the specialty clinics I spent most of my time shadowing. It was busy but a lot of fun!

-Nursery (1 week): This was my favorite week of the rotation! I loved examining and holding the sweet babies. When the babies were admitted to the nursery after birth, I would examine the babies and interview mom, making sure she was prepared for taking home a newborn.

-Inpatient (3 weeks): On inpatient it the students’ job to see new patients and do history and physicals and follow them every day that they were in the hospital. This meant going to see the patient every morning before rounds, discussing the patient on rounds and creating a treatment plan, writing a progress note, and checking back in with the patient later in the day. I enjoyed this part of the rotation because I had the chance to follow patients for multiple days and get to know them. It was a little sad at times though, because kids in the hospital are sicker than on outpatient.

Takeaways:

-Pediatricians counsel parents A LOT. Parenting does not come as naturally as you might think. Pediatricians constantly discuss developmental milestones, nutrition, and safety at each visit. I was surprised to learn how often things I thought were simple, like mixing formula, can be done incorrectly.

-Kids are the best patients! I had so much fun on this rotation, probably because I’m a big kid at heart. I loved talking to kids and making the physical exam a game. I even wore my glitter shoes and impressed several little girls. On my last day, one of my patients saw me in the hallway and ran up and gave me a hug. It melted my heart!

-I do not think primary care is for me. As much as I loved working with kids, I see myself in a more specialized field. I was overwhelmed by the breadth of the field!

Shelf Resources:

-Casefiles for Pediatrics: I enjoy the casefiles series. I like that each case helps you think through a differential for common complaints. However, pediatrics requires more than 1 resource. There’s just too much to learn! I recommend reading this book at the beginning of the clerkship to familiarize yourself with common complaints.

Deja Review Pediatrics: This was my second textbook resource, and I was not a fan. It covered more topics than Casefiles but did not explain topics in depth. It is meant to be a rapid review.

-Uworld: There are about 400 questions. I suggest doing them once and then doing your incorrects again.

-NBME Exams: The NBME exams were helpful for giving me an idea of the rarer diseases that are fair game for the shelf exam. I also saw 2 questions on my shelf that were from the practice exams.

-First Aid for Step 2 CK (and a few pages of FA for Step 1): Because the shelf likes to throw Step-1-like questions about rare genetic disorders on the test, I used charts from these two books to study them. I had 3-4 questions about immunodeficiencies on my test, so know them well!

UT Review: This is a good review to do the day before the test! There is a podcast that you can speed up, and a powerpoint.

-BRS Pediatrics: I did not use this textbook, but some of my classmates liked it. It seemed more comprehensive than the resources I used. I used the BRS series a lot during MS1 and 2, so I wish I had committed to this book instead of Deja Review.

P.S. Read my OBGYN Clerkship Review here.

Lexi Sebren

Hi y’all! I’m a wife, third year medical student, and puppy momma from Louisiana. Welcome to Life, Love, & Medicine, your dose of outfit and lifestyle inspiration, with my journey through medical school mixed in!

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