Medical Education

Department of Pediatrics

Medical student training clerkships

Doctor with patient 2 CrutchesOur goals are to educate medical students about the unique physiology, pathophysiology, social, and health care needs of children and their families. The Department of Pediatrics hopes this will be an enjoyable and educationally valuable experience for all students. We value your experiences and evaluation and feedback is used on an ongoing basis to improve our clerkships.

Pediatrics 1

Pediatrics 1 is a required five week clerkship taken during the third year of medical training.  Pediatrics 1 focuses on inpatient pediatrics. Students will spend time in large and busy pediatric inpatient units at Doernbecher Children's Hospital at OHSU, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Providence St. Vincent's, or Riverbend in Eugene.   Students can decide which hospital site they prefer. For students rotating at Doernbecher, there are opportunities to explore pediatric subspecialites for a few weeks during the rotation. While the experiences at the three sites may be different, the pediatrics department has taken great care to ensure that the educational experiences are equivalent and valuable regardless of site choice. View the combined goals and objectives for Pediatrics 1 & 2.

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Pediatrics 2

Pediatrics 2 is a required four week clerkship taken during the fourth year of medical training.  Pediatrics 2 offers two tracks: an opportunity to explore a pediatrics specialty or work in a general pediatric clinic.  Specialty experiences are numerous and varied. General pediatrics clinics include OHSU Doernbecher facilities on Marquam Hill or in Beaverton.  Many community pediatricians have graciously welcomed students into their practices to provide even more for educational opportunities for OHSU students. Every effort is made to match students with their preferred site. With department approval, students may also create unique specialty or general pediatrics experiences by developing their own rotations with community or OHSU pediatricians. The flexibility of this clerkship allows students to follow their own interests while completing their pediatrics training. View the combined goals and objectives for Pediatrics 1 & 2.

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The Department of Pediatrics offers numerous elective rotations for both OHSU and visiting students. Sub-internship requirements can be fulfilled with rotations on the pediatric inpatient unit, neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, or on the pediatric hematology-oncology unit.  The department also offers numerous other elective courses. With faculty approval, students may design their own electives. Learn more about electives options

Visiting students

The Department of Pediatrics is one of the busiest OHSU departments in terms of visiting students. The department is committed to providing educationally valuable experiences to as many visiting students as possible.  The department  encourages students to explore all OHSU has to offer, both in terms of medical student education and residency opportunities. Learn about becoming a visiting student