General and Community Pediatrics Education

Faculty in the IU School of Medicine Division of General and Community Pediatrics provide training for medical students, residents, and health care providers, focusing on family-centered advocacy for patients, their families, and their communities. Nationally recognized education programs offered by this division are based at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Residents and fellows interested in becoming physician scientists can take advantage of the department’s robust research programs.

Medical Student Training

The Department of Pediatrics Clerkship Program is approximately 7 ½ weeks. Fourth-year medical students considering a career in Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Combined Pediatrics-Internal Medicine or other combined programs with Pediatrics, Dermatology, Child Psychiatry, Child Neurology or certain surgical specialties should consider taking one or more pediatric electives that provide clinical experience on an inpatient service.


The IU School of Medicine Pediatric Residency Program prepares clinicians for the wide range of pediatric diseases, conditions, and treatments in a supportive environment. Faculty is deeply committed to helping residents grow into outstanding pediatricians with sophisticated clinical expertise, excellent communication skills, and the ability to collaborate. With 18 pediatric specialty divisions, the Department of Pediatrics offers residents a patient population that represents health and wellness visits to the most medically complex cases. Great examples of how general pediatrics faculty work with residents to contribute to patient education are monthly Podcasts. The Kids Healthcast – A Pediatric Podcast for Parents has topics ranging from “Teen Depression” to “How to Help Your Child Start School.” Materials are archived for easy reference.

Faculty and Primary Care Providers

The Division of General and Community Pediatrics has a strong commitment to on-going education of faculty and pediatric primary care providers in the community and provides  continuing medical activities. An extremely popular series is the Pediatric Practical Pearls which focuses on pertinent, practical, and evidence-based education of primary care providers in the community. Held three times per year in the months of January, April and September, Pediatric Practical Pearls is designed for pediatricians, family practice physicians and other pediatric health care providers. This course will review current scientific advances as they apply to daily practice. Participants will advance their diagnostic and therapeutic skills through this highly practice evidence-based review. Continuing medical education credit is provided.

The annual  Riley Pediatric Conference is a two-day event that offers plenary presentations on the latest in pediatric health care issues as well as hot topics on various disciplines. The afternoon features a series of interactive lectures to choose from on a variety of subjects such as eating disorders in children and adolescents, pediatric dermatology, ophthalmology, hypertension, sports injuries, urology, high risk new-born follow-up, management of office emergencies, pediatric endocrinology, and family community resources to name a few.