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Learn about the electives we offer for pediatrics in our Pediatric Residency Program

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Phoenix Children's is committed to providing training and education to the healthcare leaders of tomorrow. Our Hospital provides the perfect setting - with our advanced technology and innovative research in pediatrics. We bring together a full range of specialists in the field of pediatrics. Phoenix Children’s also has an extensive outpatient facility for initial and follow-up care.

Ambulatory Pediatrics

Elective Director: Dr. Katy Mullens

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Participate in morning clinic providing primary care to infants and children within an advanced learner team and under the supervision of an Attending Pediatrician. The patients are both well and sick children, including patients with medical complexities. Participate in the department teaching activities, including Grand Rounds and weekly teaching conferences.

Child Abuse and Neglect

Elective Director: Dr. Lisa Kirsch

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Participate in observing consults, round on inpatients, observe multidisciplinary team meetings, observe evaluations of clinic patients, read selected journal articles and chapters and develop a brief presentation for the CPT group on a child abuse topic of their choice. May have the opportunity to observe courtroom testimony on a case-by-case basis.

Clinical Genetics/Dysmorphology

Elective Director: Dr. Theresa Grebe

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Attend assigned genetics clinics at Phoenix Children's, participate in inpatient consultations and attend genetics teaching conferences. Provided with a reading syllabus of original articles relating to the embryology of congenital anomalies and the approach to diagnosis of genetic disorders. (Discussion will follow with faculty supervisor.) Carry out an independent literature review of a genetics topic of choice. Orally present topic to the faculty supervisor at the end of the rotation. Participate in the department teaching activities, including attending rounds, Grand Rounds, afternoon lectures and daily noon teaching conferences.

Inpatient Pediatrics (sub-internship)

Elective Director: Dr. Edith Allen

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Care for up to five patients on the inpatient ward at Phoenix Children’s. Take night calls and be off one day a week (complete 22-23 shifts). Become competent in managing a variety of patients admitted to the general pediatrics service. Expected to round at 8:30 a.m. and responsible for attending meetings and educational lectures at the Hospital, including morning report, block conferences, Grand Rounds and Senior Student as a Teacher (SSAT) meetings.

Medical Care for Homeless and At-Risk Kids

Elective Director: Dr. Angela Valdez-Huizar

Length: Two to Four weeks electives

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Gain exposure to 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, human trafficking victims and community outreach can be supported.

Pediatric Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Elective Director: Dr. Daphne deMello

Length: Four weeks

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

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. Read relevant published material related to cases and specimens encountered in the laboratory and responsible for keeping a case log.

Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care

Elective Director: Dr. Lisa Grimaldi

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric clerkship.

Gain exposure to the acute care of critically ill children in the setting of a Pediatric CVICU. Under supervision, provide care to two to three 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. Participate in pre- and post-operative management of infants and children with heart disease and spend time in the cardiovascular operating rooms, cardiac catheterization lab and echocardiography labs. Perform or participate in various procedures under close supervision of the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Attending such as endotracheal intubation, central line placement, CPR, thoracotomy tube placement, etc. Refine ability to apply knowledge of physiology to the bedside care of children with critical illness. “Pre-round” on assigned patients, present patients on attending rounds and develop and carry out a treatment plan for the day with supervision of the Attending, and write daily progress notes on patients. Night call responsibility once per week. Attend teaching sessions and didactic lectures.

Pediatric Cardiology

Elective Director: Dr. Andrew Papez

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric clerkship. Regardless of prior clinical exposure, a successful experience in this elective requires a solid knowledgebase 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.

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 supervision, spend time in the clinic setting to learn the fundamentals of performing a pediatric cardiovascular exam, including listening to murmurs and heart sounds, and refining skills in cardiac disease recognition, evaluation and management. Experience the inpatient aspect of pediatric cardiology by participating in the team performing consults in the emergency department, NICU and pediatric wards. 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.  Fredrick Willyard

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pediatric Clerkship

Supervision provided by pediatric residents and pediatric critical care faculty attending’s during rotation. Faculty attending’s are available on site 24-hours a day to provide continuous supervision and consultation. Assigned to one of two PICU teams (NSST or Med-Surgery) for weeks of day service. Responsible for newly admitted patients for the designated team, up to a maximum of four patients each. Perform comprehensive history and physical examinations on assigned patients and formulate an initial differential diagnosis and management plan. Participate in completing admission paperwork and orders, and follow-up and complete management plans initiated, assist in the management of acute patient care issues and complete transfer or discharge summary.

Pediatric Dermatology

Elective Director: Dr. Vanessa Gildenstern

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites:  General Dermatology Elective must be completed prior to rotation.

Participate in both outpatient and inpatient patient care. Additional opportunities 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: Four weeks

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

Care of patients presenting to the Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) at the Hospital. Assigned to attending physicians, and work with them to manage patients during their ED visit. 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 our ED range from newborns to 18 years of age. Assigned eight-hour shifts, with weekday and weekend exposure. There is no on-call time during this rotation. Required to review the orientation package and complete computer training prior to beginning the rotation.

Pediatric Endocrinology

Elective Director: Dr. Reeti Chawla

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pediatric Clerkship.

Evaluate patients primarily in the outpatient setting. Spend one week with the endocrine inpatient service and participate with consults and admissions to the Hospital. Formal didactic session with the course director. At the end of the elective, make a formal presentation of an interesting topic of clinical case.

Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Elective Director: Dr. Elizabeth Collyer

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pediatric Clerkship.

Participate in outpatient GI clinics, inpatient consultative services and neonatal consultative services, as well as hepatology inpatient and outpatient services. Case-related didactic teaching given frequently throughout the elective period. Present a short talk on a GI topic of interest. Participate in the department teaching activities, including attending rounds, Grand Rounds, lectures and daily noon teaching conferences.

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Elective Director: Dr. Cathy Lee-Miller

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Assigned to the outpatient hematology/oncology clinic at Phoenix Children's, working alongside a full-time faculty member, nurse practitioners, rotating house staff, nurses and other healthcare personnel of the interdisciplinary team. Experience with the diagnosis and management of patients with presumed and established hematological/oncological diagnoses. Can also be assigned to the fellows. Locations include inpatient and outpatient at the Hospital, as well as in the East and West Valleys. 

Pediatric Nephrology

Elective Director: Dr. Sharma Sheen

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Participate in the initial evaluation, diagnosis and management of inpatients and outpatient with kidney diseases and related problems, and the methods and procedures performed in the renal metabolic laboratory. Participate in daily discussions on topics relating to renal disease and department teaching activities, including attending rounds and Grand Rounds.

Pediatric Neurology

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

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successfully completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

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 is provided.

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Elective Director: Dr. Judson Karlen

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successfully completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Spend time at Phoenix Children's Children's Rehabilitation Services (CRS) and local outside clinics. Function in the role of an acting intern, take histories and perform physical exams, participate in pediatric orthopedic 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. Attend teaching and clinical conferences. A pediatric orthopaedic topic will be decided upon 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 education during the rotation. Keep a log or portfolio of pediatric activities.

Pediatric Psychiatry

Elective Director: Dr. Funda Bachini

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successfully completion of the Pediatric Clerkship and Psychiatry Clerkship

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. Provided with child psychiatry reading material and attend the weekly multidisciplinary clinical case conference. During month-long elective rotations, attend fellowship-level didactic sessions.

Pediatric Pulmonology

Elective Director: Dr. Arpana Rao

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Participate in inpatient rounds and patient evaluation of pulmonary patients in the morning and outpatient clinic visits, evaluate and treat pulmonary patients in the afternoon. Interactive didactic discussion regarding pulmonary diseases will occur periodically throughout the rotation. 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: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Participate with attendings and residents reviewing and reading studies in various fields of pediatric radiology, usually one week at a time on each service, including Body Imaging, Interventional Radiology, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Neuroradiology, Nuclear and Molecular Imaging, Chest and Airway Imaging and Ultrasound. Attend one to two 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: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Learn the proper way to perform a musculoskeletal exam in children and adolescents, as well as become familiar with pediatric rheumatic diseases. Evaluate patients primarily in the outpatient setting with the opportunity to see inpatient consults. Didactic lectures with attending rheumatologists will be provided throughout the lecture. Prepare a formal presentation of an interesting topic based on a clinical case encountered during the elective.

Pediatric Surgery

Elective Director: Dr. Mark Molitor

Length: Four weeks

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

Exposure to common surgical diseases and congenital abnormalities in infants and children. Perform selected histories and physicals on these patients, will second or first assist in surgery and work closely with surgery fellows and residents on service.

Pediatric Urgent Care

Elective Director: Dr. Chris A. Ramsook

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Encounter minor pediatric problems that present to our urgent care centers. Supervised by an attending physician at all times but will have the autonomy to perform a history and physical exam prior to presenting the case. Experience includes minor trauma, wound repair, common minor illnesses and occasionally more severe diseases requiring transfer to an emergency department. Urgent cares are open from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. during the week and noon - 11 p.m. on weekends, but shifts typically will end at 6 p.m..

Pediatric Urology

Elective Director: Dr. Robert Bailey

Length: Four weeks

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Pediatric Clerkship.

Participate in daily patient care/attending rounds and have continuous informal attending contact while in the patient care setting. When appropriate and with supervision, perform or participate in various procedures such as, bladder catheterization, urodynamic studies, etc.

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