MD Education

Children aren’t just small adults. Their anatomy and diseases are unique, as are the medicines and medical equipment used to care for them. Pediatric education is an important part of any student’s overall medical training. At IU School of Medicine, MD students consistently rate pediatrics as one of the best clinical rotations. They appreciate the diversity of clinical experiences and the mentorship of pediatric faculty. The department’s robust research activities offer additional opportunities for students to explore basic, clinical, translational and health-service delivery research.

Clinical Clerkship Rotations

Third-year medical students complete two different subspecialty inpatient rotations and one outpatient ambulatory rotation during a seven-and-a-half week period. Students may be assigned inpatient rotations at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health North Hospital and Eskenazi Hospital. Outpatient assignments may occur at a community health clinic or private pediatric practices.

Fourth-year medical students considering a career in pediatrics, family practice, combined pediatrics-internal medicine, dermatology, child psychiatry, pediatric neurology, academic pediatrics or certain surgical specialties should consider taking one or more pediatrics electives that provide clinical experience on an inpatient service. During the one-month elective, students attend resident morning report, noon conferences and Grand Rounds and function as an intern. This type of involvement allows senior students to expand their basic pediatric knowledge, gain experience in the diagnosis and management of children with serious illnesses, become more comfortable with technical procedures, and develop organizational skills necessary for residency. Depending on a student’s career interest, they may also benefit from spending at least one month in a busy newborn intensive care unit at Riley, Methodist or Eskenazi hospitals. Find more information about MD electives at IU School of Medicine.

Additional Clerkship Details

The Pediatric Clerkship is weighted as follows: 70 percent clinical evaluations, 25 percent final written examination and 5 percent completion of required assignments. Clinical evaluations are recorded by attending physicians and residents, with midpoint feedback provided to students. However, students are encouraged to talk with the physicians they work with throughout the clerkship to obtain immediate feedback and mentoring.

Grades are assigned as honors, high pass, pass and fail. Students must pass the written examination in order to earn a passing grade for the course. Students should contact the Clerkship Office for a meeting if they have questions regarding grades. Complete information regarding evaluations and grading is provided with other course information and curriculum at the beginning of the clerkship.

Student expectations include reliability, honesty, integrity and self-discipline. Students should conduct themselves in a responsible and professional manner at all times with regard to dress and grooming, maturity, treating patients and staff with respect, and respecting patient rights and privacy. Behavior deemed unprofessional will result in removal from the clerkship and a failing grade.

IU School of Medicine limits the number of visiting MD students allowed per year due to the size of its medical school classes. There are a limited number of slots for visiting students each year with priority given to students with strong ties to IU or Indianapolis or who have high interest in the Department of Pediatrics program for specific reasons. The residency program does not require or expect applicants to complete a visiting rotation; residency admission is based on the ERAS, interview and Match process only.