SOM Elective Brochure

Electives Type:  Clinical

Elective Title
Pediatric Pulmonary Elective at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 2 
      Additional Requirements:
Successful completion of Pediatric Clerkship
Responsible Faculty Director:
Jordan Scalo, M.D.
Other Faculty:
Bennie McWilliams, M.D. Jason Fullmer, M.D., Brian Kang, M.D., Ameet Daftary, MD
Location to Report on First Day
Contact Tricia M. McElligott via e-mail at
Periods Offered
including Period 12 (June), including the holiday vacation Period 13 (Dec)
Maximum Enrollment

 To gain experience and knowledge with diagnosis and therapies in the clinical practice of pediatric pulmonology.

 1. Learn comprehensive pediatric respiratory exam specific to age group 2. Be able to construct differential diagnoses of common respiratory complaints such as wheezing, apnea, apparent life threatening event, chronic cough, recurrent pneumonia, dyspnea, stridor, cyanosis, hypoxemia, chest mass. 3. Learn current EPR3 guidelines regarding asthma treatment. 4. Learn indications for, and interpretation of, common diagnostic studies such as blood gas, radiographs, bronchoscopy, pneumocardiogram, sweat test.

Description of course activities
 Elective will consist of initial two weeks in outpatient clinic (Cystic Fibrosis, Tracheotomy, Pulmonary); to be followed by two weeks inpatient consultative service. Students are encouraged to research a relevant topic of their choosing, to be reviewed with faculty.

Type of students who would benefit from the course
 Students interested in general pediatrics, pediatric pulmonology or respiratory physiology. 40 Visiting students should submit an application through VSAS: Select UTMB at Galveston as the host institution and indicate you wish to take PEDU 4043 on the application.

Weekly Schedule
  Clinical Activities (please insert estimated schedule here)
  Day of Week AM PM
  Monday 8:30 5:00
  Tuesday 8:30 5:00
  Wednesday 8:30 5:00
  Thursday 8:30 5:00
  Friday 8:30 5:00
  Saturday n/a n/a
  Sunday n/a n/a
  Average number of patients seen per week: 60  
  Call Schedule:   None  

  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?
  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 inpatient notes
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
    New patient H&P forms, follow-up note 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.
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.