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Acceptance of Academic Year 2017-2018 Elective Applications will start April 3, 2017.

All inquiries can be sent to medicalstudentprgm@phoenixchildrens.com

You are encouraged to come to Phoenix Children's Hospital to complete a Senior Elective in Pediatrics and learn more about our Pediatric Residency Program.

Please review the requirements in the student elective application guidelines. To learn more about each elective, click on the elective title below. 

4th Year Student Electives

Ambulatory Pediatrics 
Child Abuse and Neglect
Clinical Genetics/Dysmorphology
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Pediatrics Inpatient (SUB-INTERNSHIP)
Medical Care for Homeless and At-Risk Kids
Pediatric Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care
Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatric Critical Care
Pediatric Dermatology
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Endocrinology
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Pediatric Nephrology
Pediatric Neurology
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Pediatric Psychiatry
Pediatric Pulmonology
Pediatric Radiology
Pediatric Rheumatology
Pediatric Surgery
Pediatric Urgent Care
Pediatric Urology

Application Information

Students applying must have successfully completed a 6 to 8 week core pediatric rotation in an approved allopathic clerkship program or its equivalent. Consisting of a minimum of 3 weeks Pediatric Inpatient and 3 weeks Pediatric Outpatient, from a U.S LCME accredited or Canadian medical school/institution.  Students from other foreign medical schools will be considered on an individual basis.

Once Medical Education approves a student’s elective rotation specific check-in instructions will be provided.

Please submit the student elective application form and supplemental documentation to medicalstudentprgm@phoenixchildrens.com.

Below are general First Day instructions:

First Day Instructions

Where to go: Phoenix Children's Hospital’s EAST Lobby (upon arrival please sign in at the front desk in the East Lobby, near the Emergency Department entrance). You may park in the Cambridge Visitor Parking garage, which is accessed off Cambridge Ave and N. 20th St.

When to be there: First day of the rotation at 8:00 a.m.

Who to meet: Mr. Steven Allen

What to bring: Stethoscope, lab coat. Attire is business casual, however, wearing and/or bringing your white coat is required. Also, students will be asked to leave a deposit of $50 (CHECK only) for their ID/Meal cards, the deposit will be returned upon completion of check-out.

For information about the student programs and scheduling electives, please contact:

Steven Allen
Medical Student Program Coordinator
Medical Education
Phoenix Children's Hospital
1919 East Thomas Road
​Phoenix, AZ 85016

Phone: (602) 933-0778
Fax:(602) 933-0806

Electives

Ambulatory Pediatrics

Elective Director: Dr. Katy Mullens

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Course Description: The student will participate in nursery rounds and morning clinic providing primary care to infants and children under the supervision of an Attending Pediatrician. The patients are both well and sick children and include some specialty referral patients. The student will also participate in the department teaching activities including attending rounds, grand rounds, daily new teaching conferences, and nursery conferences.

 

Child Abuse and Neglect

Elective Director: Dr. Melissa Jones

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Course Description: Students will participate in consults (observing), round on inpatients, observe multidisciplinary team meetings, read selected journal articles and chapters and participate in journal club. In addition, students may have the opportunity to "ride along" with CPS and observe courtroom testimony on a case by case basis.

 

Clinical Genetics/Dysmorphology

Elective Director: Dr. Kirk Aleck

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Course Description: The student will attend all assigned genetics clinics at Phoenix Children's Hospital. The student will also participate in all inpatient consultations. The student will attend all genetics teaching conferences. The student will be provided a reading syllabus of original articles relating to the embryology of congenital anomalies and the approach to diagnosis of genetic disorders, which they are expected to read during the elective. Discussion will follow with faculty supervisor. The student will carry out an independent literature review of a genetics topic of his/her choice. The topic will be presented orally to the faculty supervisor at the end of the rotation. The student may participate in the department teaching activities including attending rounds, grand rounds, afternoon lectures and daily noon teaching conferences.

 

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Elective Director: Dr. Robin Blitz

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Course Description: The student will observe and participate in patient care with direct attending faculty supervision in Developmental Pediatrics Clinic and ADHD Diagnostic Clinic. The student will also participate in site visits with residents to community partners and independent learning modules.

 

Inpatient Pediatrics: SUB-INTERNSHIP

Elective Director: Dr. Edith Allen

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Course Description: This is a four week rotation in which the sub-intern will be responsible for the care of up to five patients on the inpatient ward at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The student will become competent in managing a variety of patients admitted to the general pediatrics service. The student will be expected to pre-round with their supervising senior resident at 8:30AM and have their notes completed and ready to present their patients to the attending hospitalist at 9:00AM. The student will also be responsible for attending all meetings and educational lectures at PCH including morning report, noon conference, Grand Rounds and Senior Student as a Teacher (SSAT) meeting.

 

Medical Care for Homeless and At-Risk Kids

Elective Director: Dr. Lara Yoblonski

Length of Course: 2- 4 weeks electives

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Course Description: The elective in Medical Care for Homeless and At Risk Kids will offer medical students exposure to gain knowledge in basic outpatient pediatric and adolescent medicine as well as learn how homeless families, uninsured, and itinerant patients access the healthcare system. Additional interests regarding advocacy, teen health, teenage parenting, border health and community outreach can be supported.

 

Pediatric Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Elective Director: Dr. Daphne deMello

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship. Additional courses in Pathology a plus.

Course Description: The elective in pediatric anatomic and clinical pathology offers the medical student in-depth exposure to pediatric surgical pathology, cytopathology, and autopsy pathology. Various aspects of the clinical laboratory may be experienced, including hematopathology, microbiology, transfusion medicine, and clinical chemistry. Clinical conference attendance is required, including pediatric oncology tumor board, brain tumor conference, and gastroenterology conference. Students are expected to read relevant published material related to cases and specimens encountered in the laboratory. The student is responsible for keeping a case log.

 

Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care

Elective Director: Dr. Lisa Grimaldi

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of the Pediatric clerkship.

Course Description: The Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Rotation is designed for Senior Medical Students and is an opportunity to gain exposure to the acute care of critically ill children in the setting of a Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. Under the direct supervision of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care faculty, students will provide direct patient care to 2-3 critically ill children with various types of congenital or acquired heart disease as well as other organ system problems including respiratory failure, renal failure and shock. Students will participate in the pre and post-operative management of infants and children with heart disease and will have the opportunity to spend time in the Cardiovascular Operating Rooms, cardiac catheterization lab and echocardiography labs. Students will also have the opportunity to perform or participate in various procedures under the close supervision of the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Attending such as endotracheal intubation, central line placement, CPR, thoracotomy tube placement, etc. By participating fully as a member of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care team, students will refine their ability to apply their knowledge of physiology to the bedside care of children with critical illness. The Students are expected to “pre-round” on their assigned patients, present their patients on attending rounds and develop and carry out a treatment plan for the day with the close supervision of the attending, and write daily progress notes on their patients. Night call responsibility will be approximately once per week. Students will also attend teaching sessions, didactic lectures.

 

Pediatric Cardiology

Elective Director: Dr. Andrew Papez

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric clerkship. Regardless of prior clinical exposure, a successful experience in this elective requires a solid knowledge base in the principles of normal cardiac anatomy and cardiovascular physiology.  Review of these topics prior to the elective (and returning to them frequently during the elective) is strongly encouraged.

Course Description: The Pediatric Cardiology Rotation is designed for Senior Medical Students and is an opportunity to gain exposure to the full range of pediatric cardiac disease, both congenital and acquired, with a specific focus on the outpatient component of pediatric cardiology. Under the direct supervision of the Pediatric Cardiology faculty, students will spend most of their time in the clinic setting where they will have great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of performing a pediatric cardiovascular exam including listening to murmurs and heart sounds and refining their skills in cardiac disease recognition, evaluation and management. Students will also experience the inpatient aspect of pediatric cardiology by being an active participant in the team performing consults in the emergency department, neonatal intensive care unit and the pediatric wards. Students will also have the opportunity to spend time in the Cardiovascular Operating Rooms, cardiac catheterization lab and echocardiography labs. Clinic Schedule will be provided at the beginning of the rotation.

 

Pediatric Critical Care

Elective Director: Dr.  Anthony Willyard      

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pediatric clerkship

Course Description: The student will have direct supervision provided by pediatric residents and pediatric critical care faculty attendings during the rotation.  CCM faculty attendings are available on site twenty-four hours a day to provide continuous supervision and consultation. Each medical student will be assigned to one of two PICU teams (NSST or Med-Surgery) for their weeks of day service. They will be responsible for newly admitted patients for their designated team up to a maximum of 4 patients per student. Medical students will be expected to perform comprehensive history and physical examinations on assigned patients and formulate an initial differential diagnosis and management plan.  Students will be expected to participate in completing admission paperwork and orders. They will be expected to follow-up and complete management plans initiated, assist in the management of acute patient care issues, and complete transfer or discharge summary.

At the end of their day shift, the medical student will be responsible for signing out their patients to the evening or night resident. These sign outs should address salient points regarding patient care and should provide the on call resident with information about any anticipated (or even unanticipated) problems.  Additionally, the nighttime medical student is responsible for presenting newly admitted patients to the resident and attending and for signing out their patients to the daytime team.  Finally, the overnight medical student is responsible for completing admission history and physicals on new patients admitted overnight. On weekends, medical students are expected to pre-round on their patients and be prepared to present on rounds.

 

Pediatric Dermatology**(requires a prerequisite)

Elective Director: Dr. Vanessa Gildenstern

Length of Course:  4 weeks

Prerequisites:  General Dermatology elective must be completed prior to rotation

Course Description: Students will have the opportunity to participate in both outpatient and inpatient patient care. Additional opportunities will be available to observe and participate in a variety of dermatologic procedures, perform microscopic examination for parasites and fungal hyphae, and learn about phototherapy of various disorders. Inpatient consultation will also occur.

 

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Elective Director: Dr. Karen Scharlatt

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Must have successfully completed the pediatric clerkship and must be interested in Pediatric ER, ER or Pediatrics as a career choice.

Course Description: Students will participate in the care of patients presenting to the Pediatric Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital. Students are assigned to attending physicians, and will work with the attending physician to manage the patients during their Emergency Department visit. At all times, the student will be under the direct supervision of the attending physician. The patient population provides a wide range of experience in the care of minor and major traumatic injuries, multiple pediatric medical illnesses, care of the poisoned pediatric patient and pediatric patients with psychiatric illness; patients seen in Phoenix Children’s Hospital Emergency Department range from newborns to 18 years of age. Students are assigned eight-hour shifts, with week day and weekend exposure. There is no on-call time during this rotation. The student is required to review the orientation package and complete computer training prior to beginning the rotation.

 

Pediatric Endocrinology

Elective Director: Dr. Dorothee Newbern

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pediatric clerkship

Course Description: The student will evaluate patients primarily in the out-patient setting, but also have the opportunity to participate with consults and admission to the hospital. At the end of the elective, the student will have a chance to make a formal presentation of an interesting topic of clinical case.

 

Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Elective Director: Dr. Elizabeth Collyer

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pediatric clerkship

Course Description: The student will be an active participant in out-patient GI clinics, inpatient consultative services and neonatal consultative services. Didactic sessions on major topics in Pediatric GI will be given frequently throughout the elective period. The student will present a short talk on a GI topic of interest. The student will participate in the department teaching activities including attending rounds, grand rounds, afternoon lectures and daily noon teaching conferences.

 

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Elective Director: Dr. James Williams

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric clerkship.

Course Description: The student will be assigned to the outpatient hematology/oncology clinic at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Working alongside a full-time faculty member, and with nurse practitioners, rotating house staff, nurses, and other health care personnel of the inter-disciplinary team, the student will gain experience with the diagnosis and management of patients with presumed and established hematological and oncological diagnoses. Dr. Henry or one of his associates will discuss the goals and objectives of the rotation with the student on the first day of the rotation.

 

Pediatric Nephrology

Elective Director: Dr.Kanwal Kher

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric clerkship.

Course Description: The student will participate in the diagnosis and management of inpatients and outpatient with kidney diseases and related problems. They will perform the initial evaluation of new patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. They will participate in the methods and procedures performed in the renal metabolic laboratory. They will participate in daily formal and informal discussions on topics relating to renal disease. The student will participate in the department teaching activities including attending rounds and Grand Rounds.

 

Pediatric Neurology

Elective Director: Dr. John Kerrigan & Dr. Robert Little

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successfully completion of the Pediatric clerkship.

Course Description: This elective is appropriate for students considering a career in pediatrics or neurology. It is particularly encouraged for those students considering a career in child neurology, developmental pediatrics, or developmental neuroscience. The student will act as a sub-intern, integrated into a team consisting of the pediatric neurology faculty member, pediatric neurology resident (fellow), and usually an adult neurology resident. Experience with inpatient consultation and a wide variety of outpatient clinics are provided. The choice of outpatient clinics can be tailored to the student’s interests

 

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Elective Director: Dr. Judson Karlen

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successfully completion of the Pediatric clerkship.

Course Description: Students with spend time at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Children's Rehabilitation Services (CRS), and local outside clinics. The student will function in the role of an acting intern, take histories and perform physical exams, participate in the pediatric orthopaedic call schedule, have in-patient responsibilities, and participate in emergency and elective operative procedures as either an observer or assistant. Outside reading is expected with completion of reading Staheli's Pediatric Othopaedics, and Rang's Pediatric Fracture texts provided during the rotation. Students are expected to attend teaching and clinical conferences. A pediatric orthopaedic topic will be decided upon by the student and faculty early in the elective and a presentation/discussion will be expected at the completion of the course. A pre- and post-rotation learning map will guide student education during the rotation. Students are expected to keep a log or portfolio of their pediatric activities.

 

Pediatric Psychiatry

Elective Director: Dr. Funda Bachini

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successfully completion of the Pediatric clerkship and Psychiatry clerkship

Course Description: Medical students will observe or participate in the evaluation and treatment of children and families with direct attending faculty supervision. Settings may include outpatient clinics, consultation, and residential treatment facilities. Students are provided with child psychiatry reading material and attend the weekly multidisciplinary clinical case conference. During month-long elective rotations, students attend fellowship-level didactic sessions.

 

Pediatric Pulmonology

Elective Director: Dr. Arpana Rao

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric clerkship.

Course Description: The student will participate in Inpatient rounds and patient evaluation of pulmonary patients in the morning. They will also participate in outpatient clinic visits, evaluate and treat pulmonary patients in the afternoon. Interactive didactic discussion regarding pulmonary diseases will occur periodically throughout the rotation. The student may participate in the department teaching activities including attending rounds, grand rounds, afternoon lectures and daily noon teaching conferences.

 

Pediatric Radiology

Elective Director: Dr. Gerald Mandell

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric clerkship.

Course Description: The student will participate with attendings and residents reviewing and reading studies in various fields of pediatric radiology, usually one week at a time on each service. These services include: Body Imaging, Interventional Radiology, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Neuroradiology, Nuclear and Molecular Imaging, Chest and Airway Imaging and Ultrasound. Also attend 1-2 daily noon lectures on Pediatric Neoplasms, Pediatric Pulmonary System, Pediatric Genitourinary System, Pediatric Musculoskeletal System, Pediatric Gastrointestinal System, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Diagnostic X-Ray, Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound.

 

Pediatric Rheumatology

Elective Director: Dr. Kaleo Ede/Dr. Michael Shishov

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric clerkship.

Course Description: The student will evaluate patients primarily in the out-patient setting, but also have the opportunity to participate with consults and admission to the hospital. At the end of the elective, the student will prepare a formal presentation of an interesting topic of a clinical case encountered during the elective.

 

Pediatric Surgery

Elective Director: Dr. Mark Molitor

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric clerkship and Surgery clerkship.

Course Description: This rotation will expose the student to common surgical diseases and congenital deformities in infants and children. The student will be required to perform selected histories and physicals on these patients and will second or first assist in surgery. The student will also work closely with the surgery resident.

 

Pediatric Urgent Care

Elective Director: Dr. Chris A. Ramsook

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric clerkship.

Course Description: Students will participate in the care of patients presenting to the Pediatric Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital. Students are assigned to attending physicians, and will work with the attending physician to manage the patients during their Emergency Department visit. At all times, the student will be under the direct supervision of the attending physician. The patient population provides a wide range of experience in the care of minor and major traumatic injuries, multiple pediatric medical illnesses, care of the poisoned pediatric patient and pediatric patients with psychiatric illness. Patients that are seen in Phoenix Children’s Hospital Emergency Department range in age from newborn to 18 years of age. Students are assigned 6-hours shifts starting at 5PM during the weekday and starting a noon during the weekend. The urgent care opens until midnight on the weekend but students can end their shifts at 6PM.

 

Pediatric Urology

Elective Director: Dr. Robert Bailey

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric clerkship.

Course Description: By providing patient care under direct supervision of the urology faculty, the student will become acquainted with general principles of pediatric urology. The student will participate in daily patient care/attending rounds and has continuous informal attending contact while in the patient care setting. When appropriate and with supervision, the student will perform or participate in various procedures such as, bladder catheterization, urodynamic studies, etc.

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