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 are 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.

A great example of how General Pediatrics faculty work with residents to contribute to patient education is the monthly podcast. Topics include, Kids Healthcast – A Pediatric Podcast for Parents. Topics range from “Teen Depression” to “How to Help Your Child Start School.” Materials are archived for easy reference.

Faculty and Primary Care Providers

Our commitment to on-going education of faculty and pediatric primary care providers in our community transpires in many continuing medical activities.

Extremely popular series is the Pediatric Practical Pearls during which we focus on pertinent, practical, and evidence-based education of primary care providers in our community.

Annual we offer the Riley Pediatric Conference. The two-day event offers plenary presentations on the latest in pediatric health care issues as well as Hot Topic 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, family community resources, just to name a few.