The following goals are based on the current COMSEP Curriculum Outline.
- Acquisition of basic knowledge of growth and development (physical, physiologic and psychosocial) and of its clinical application from birth through adolescence.
- Acquisition of the knowledge necessary for the diagnosis and initial management of common pediatric acute and chronic illnesses.
- An understanding of the approach of pediatricians to the health care of children and adolescents.
- An understanding of the influence of family, community and society on the child in health and disease.
- Development of communication skills that will facilitate the clinical interaction with children, adolescents and their families and thus ensure that complete, accurate data are obtained.
- Development of competency in the physical examination of infants, children and adolescents.
- Development of clinical problem-solving skills.
- Development of strategies for health promotion as well as disease and injury prevention.
- Development of the attitudes and professional behaviors appropriate for successful clinical practice.