Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition

Sites: MGH
Director(s): Stephen Hardy, Esther Israel, 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: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the wide range of gastrointestinal and hepatic diseases encountered in infants, children, and adolescents. The student will have the opportunity to participate in the management of inpatients at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, as well as to evaluate patients on an ambulatory basis in a variety of settings. The exact schedule will be tailored to the specific interests of the student. Students will also observe endoscopic and manometric procedures. An extensive conference schedule will familiarize student with the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and management of gastrointestinal diseases and provide examples of relevant clinical research. Over the course of the elective the student will work closely with several attending physicians and fellows in the division.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
1. Basic science and EBM, when available, will be incorporated in all decision making related to clinical care of the patient 2. Journal Club or Clinical conference as well as core lecture series will incorporate the basic science aspects as well as EBM concepts.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Unusual performance beyond that usually expected of a fourth year student. A student with remarkable and unusual talents and commitment, knowledge base, and work-ethic. Independent in the evaluation and management of patients who searches out primary EBM-practice and details regarding pathophysiology. Excellent interpersonal skills a must. Honors: Performance on a high level, as expected of a fourth year student who has completed core clerkships. A highly motivated student who reviews literature as directed and suggested by staff and participates actively in the discussions. Good interpersonal skills. Satisfactory: A student with adequate interest and commitment who has adequate performance, sees and presents patients, with guidance from staff. Participates passively in the discussions. Unsatisfactory: Unsatisfactory performance - poor attendance. Obvious absence of commitment to see patients.