Medical Student Education

The Department of Pediatrics is well represented throughout the continuum of medical education at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. During the first 18 months of instruction, faculty from multiple divisions within the department provide early clinical experiences for students as well as lecture and lead small groups in numerous basic and clinical science courses.

During the major clinical year (MCY), students spend six weeks on the Pediatric Clerkship, either at Children’s Hospital of New York or Harlem Hospital. The rotation is divided evenly between inpatient and outpatient experiences. The three-week outpatient arm of the clerkship includes exposure to Pediatric Emergency Medicine, General Pediatric office-based medicine and Pediatric and Adult Otolaryngology. The emphasis is on learning to care for children and families in a variety of patient care settings and developing the clinical skills, diagnostic reasoning, basic management strategies, and interpersonal and communication skills core to the practice of pediatrics. Attendings and house officers emphasize normal child development as well as the role illness plays in the lives of children and families. Patient care experience is supplemented with daily rounds, conferences, case-based seminars, and team-based learning modules.

Interested students entering the Differentiation and Integration phase of the curriculum can avail themselves of numerous pediatric electives ranging from subinternships on the general medicine service, the NICU, PICU and Emergency Department and consult/preceptor experiences in virtually all subspecialty divisions within the department. Full participation in these electives is open to visiting US and Canadian medical students from accredited med schools.