PD529M.3

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Director(s): Jean Klig, Alberto Puig
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent.
Offered: Full time every month.
Location: MGH - Mass. General Hospital (3)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: The elective provides an opportunity for you to directly participate in the clinical care of acutely ill and injured patients ages 0-19 years in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. It is open to all senior students who would like gain additional clinical exposure to acute evaluation and management in an emergency setting, and recommended for students who are considering a career in pediatrics or emergency medicine. There are usually 4-5 eight hour clinical shifts for each week of the elective, in addition to training sessions on bedside ultrasound, airway management, and suturing.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Clinically applicable basic science content and evidence-based medicine topics are primarily integrated at the bedside. Resources will be available online including articles, as well as sample questions for topic practice.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction An “honors with distinction” grade will be given to students who both consistently excel in all criteria for the “honors” designation (see below) and produce a scholarly work that is pertinent to the elective. The latter should be determined with the course director before the mid-rotation meeting and must be submitted by the end of the rotation. Examples include a case discussion (written, evidence-based literature review and assessment of a clinical problem or case), a publishable case report or brief clinical perspective, or a presentable scholarly educational offering. These requirements for honors with distinction apply to all EM and Pediatric EM clerkships offered through HMS. It is anticipated that approximately one-third of students will achieve an “honors with distinction” grade. Honors: It is anticipated that many students will achieve an “honors” grade in this rotation. This will apply when a student excels at meeting the basic course requirements (all assigned shifts, sessions, and duties for the rotation) and demonstrates a high level of teamwork and professionalism, notably with clear growth in clinical performance across the rotation. Specific honors requirements also include: 1) submit a brief follow-up table of your patients who are admitted to the hospital (using a grid provided by the course director) and; 2) present a 5-10 minute “Ted” talk on a common topic in pediatric emergency medicine (as approved by the course director before the mid-rotation meeting). It is anticipated that at least one-third of students will achieve an “honors” grade. Satisfactory: A grade of “satisfactory” will be assigned when a student meets the basic course requirements (all assigned shifts, sessions, and duties for the rotation) and demonstrates an appropriate level of teamwork and professionalism, with modest progress in clinical performance across the rotation. Unsatisfactory: An “unsatisfactory” will be assigned as a final grade in the rare circumstance that a student either does not complete his or her assigned shifts, sessions, and duties for the rotation, or otherwise engages in unprofessional behavior for which remediation has been unsuccessful.