SOM Elective Brochure

Electives Type:  Clinical

Elective Title
Pediatrics Infectious Diseases-at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 3 
      Additional Requirements:
Responsible Faculty Director:
Sarmistha B. Hauger M.D.
Other Faculty:
Marisol Fernandez, MD Natascha Ching MD
Location to Report on First Day
Contact Tricia M. McElligott at or 512-324-7860
Periods Offered
including Period 12 (June), including the holiday vacation Period 13 (Dec)
Maximum Enrollment

 To acquaint the student with the evaluation and management of both the common and unusual presentations of infectious diseases in children.

 1. Learn to take a complete and thorough history pertaining to common infectious disease problems. 2. Learn about antimicrobials and their proper use in pediatrics. 3. Learn about the microbiology laboratory and lab diagnoses of common infections 4. Learn how to correlate lab finidings such as antibiotic sensitivity reports to the patient at the bedside. 5. Learn how to write a consultation report.

Description of course activities
 First contact with ID consults at Dell Children's Medical Center as well as participation in outpatient consultations. The student will be responsible for seeing ID consults in the hospital, and follow ups. Patients are seen on the general wards, as well as the pediatric intensive and neonatal intensive care units. The student will follow a panel of patients, present their progress daily to the attending of the month, and carry out proper evaluation and management. The student may also see patients with the attendings in the private office, but will not have their own panel of patients. The student will be expected to attend all pediatric conferences. A formal presentation on a subject of interest will be required during the rotation. Opportunities for clinical research may be available.

Type of students who would benefit from the course
 Any student interested in primary care of children or considering subspecialty training in infectious disease. 42 Visiting students should submit an application through VSAS: Select UTMB at Galveston as the host institution and indicate you wish to take PEDU 4042 on the application.

Weekly Schedule
  Clinical Activities (please insert estimated schedule here)
  Day of Week AM PM
  Monday 8:00 5:00
  Tuesday 8:00 5:00
  Wednesday 8:00 5:00
  Thursday 8:00 5:00
  Friday 8:00 5:00
  Average number of patients seen per week: 15-20  
  Call Schedule:   n/a  

  Research Activities (please insert estimated schedule here)
  Activity Hours per Week
  Faculty contact time


  Self-directed study

  Data collection/analysis


Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Where are students observed on this elective?
    Inpatient service   Ambulatory   Surgery   Standardized patients
Patients simulators   Other
  B. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
  C. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    Clinical Case presentations
  D. Assessment - Who assesses the student's presentation performance?
    Self-assessment   Peer assessment   Faculty assessment
  E. Method of content selection
    Current cases  Student-selected topic   Assigned topic

3.  Written Assignment (H&P's, notes, papers, abstracts, etc.)
  A. Frequency of written assignment(s)?
    Daily consultation notes
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
    Clinical SOAP format
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?   No    If yes, how are they selected?
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
  F. Audience - Who assesses the studentís written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Examination
    Oral   Written multiple choice   Written essay / short answer   OSCE

5.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the elective (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, resident lecture attendance)?

6.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.
    Observation by faculty and completion of UTMBís elective evaluation form. A part of the student's evaluation will be based on independent study about various infectious disease problems.
7.  If this course is an Acting Internship, please complete the following:
  A. Specify how the student will be given formative feedback on their clinical skills.
B. List advanced clinical skills that a student will be assured an opportunity to practice.
C. List other advanced clinical skills that a student may be exposed to depending on clinical case availability.
  D. How will the acting intern student have responsibilities similar to a PGY1 resident? How will their responsibilities differ?
  E. How will this course help prepare a student enter an internship in this field or a related field?
  F. How will midpoint feedback be provided to the student? How will you remediate deficiencies identified at midpoint?
  G. Acting Internship students often seek letters of recommendation following their experience. How many different faculty are they likely to encounter during this course? What is the usual number of working days they can expect to encounter the same individual faculty member? Describe the degree of supervision and interaction with faculty vs. residents or other providers.