Pediatrics (Third Year): 1 block rotation (4 weeks):

During the students 4-week pediatrics rotation, they are expected to be proactive learners and ask questions. The role of the pediatrician in the prevention of disease and injury and the importance of collaboration between the pediatrician and other health professionals is stressed. Pediatrics involves the recognition of normal and abnormal mental and physical development as well as the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic problems. As one of the core clerkships during the third year of medical school, pediatrics also shares the joint responsibility to teach the knowledge, skills, and attitudes basic to the development of a competent general physician.

Most students will spend most of their time in the outpatient setting, while others might take care of patients in the inpatient setting as well. It is essential to learn how to obtain a complete pediatric history and perform physical examinations on children of various ages. Students should become proficient in assessing childhood development and in giving anticipatory guidance to children and their families.

There is an optional curriculum framework that incorporates aspects of the COMSEP Curriculum to help create a uniform guideline for all learners out on their clinical clerkship no matter where they are rotating. There is a recommended outline that incorporates, podcasts, utilization of a review book, and True Learn questions for their monthly didactics. View the full curriculum.


  • 50% based on preceptor rotation evaluation
  • 30% based on the shelf examination, which is taken on the last Friday of the rotation
  • 20% based on the online curriculum. The 20% for the online portion is broken up into 3 components:
    • End of rotation quiz (50%) on True Learn. View the instructions on where to find this quiz
    • Completion of the weekly required questions (100) on True Learn, each week is worth 6.25% for a total of 25%
    • Keep a rolling average of >50% on the weekly True Learn questions, each week is worth 6.25% for a total of 25%
    • Completion of the Radiology Teaches Modules
    • Completion of the assigned EPA for review

Required Reading

Textbooks (Pick One)

Review Books and other materials (Pick One)

There is a Step 2 ANKI deck that is approved for use to study. Don’t spend your time creating one, just use the one that has proven success. Use this in addition to your review book.

  • Case-Based Pediatrics (Recommended) Most students use this for review. It presents common pediatric subjects in the form of clinical vignettes similar to the subject exam. It is relatively complete but it is not separated into body systems, just random cases.
  • Blueprint: Pediatrics (Supplemental) Contains high yield peds subject matter in paragraph format. It is a very thorough resource and it contains practice questions at the end of the book. It is probably the second most utilized review book by students.

Pediatric OMM Suggestions

  • Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine. (Recommended) Philadelphia: Chila, Anthony G. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment (3rd ed.). (Recommended) Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • A Comprehensive Review in Osteopathic Medicine. (Recommended) Savarese, Robert G.; Capobianco, John D.; Cox, James J. Jr. (2003). OMT Review; S.I: Savarese