University of Nebraska Medical Center


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The Pediatrics Clerkship at UNMC uses the standardized curriculum developed by the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP). Curricular materials and grading criteria are disseminated to students at orientation and are on Canvas.

Students are randomly assigned to clerkship training tracks. The Community Track positions will be filled first followed by the University Track positions. Once assignments are made, students have the opportunity to switch within their clerkship group if they so choose. However, final approval of the switch is made by the Pediatrics Clerkship administration. The breakdown of each training track is detailed below.

Pediatric Clerkship Goals

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These Goals & Objectives are based on the current COMSEP Curriculum Outline
Overarching Goals:

By the completion of the Pediatric Clerkship our overarching goals include that students will:

  • Summarize basic knowledge of growth and development (physical, physiologic, and
    psychosocial) and of its clinical application from birth through adolescence.
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge necessary for the diagnosis and initial management of common acute and chronic pediatric illnesses.
  • Recognize pediatric specific presenting symptoms and problems as listed in the patient encounter log (PEL).
  • Analyze the approach of pediatricians to the health care of children and adolescents.
  • Evaluate the influence of family, community, and society on the child in health and disease.
  • Develop communication skills that will facilitate clinical interactions with children, adolescents and their families and thus ensure that complete, accurate data are obtained.
  • Demonstrate competency in the physical examination of infants, children, and adolescents.
  • Apply pediatric specific history and physical examination skills under direct observation.
  • Demonstrate clinical problem-solving skills necessary for appropriate evaluate of common pediatric presenting symptoms.
  • Recommend strategies for health promotion as well as disease and injury prevention.
  • Develop the attitudes and professional behaviors necessary for successful clinical practice.


Omaha Track
  • 2 weeks Inpatient (Children's or Nebraska Medicine)
  • 2 weeks General Pediatrics Clinic
  • 1-2 weeks Newborn Nursery or NICU
  • 2-3 weeks Sub-Specialty Pediatrics Clinics
Greater Nebraska Track
  • 2 weeks Inpatient (Children's or Nebraska Medicine)
  • 4 weeks General Pediatrics Clinic (Greater Nebraska site)
  • 2 weeks Sub-Specialty Pediatrics Clinics
Sub-Specialty Pediatrics Clinics
  • Endocrinology
  • GI
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (UNMC or Children's)
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Newborn Nursery
  • PICU
  • Pulmonary/Allergy