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Blank Children's Residency Program

For Medical Students

The Pediatric Residency Program at Blank Children's Hospital offers third and fourth year medical students the opportunity to rotate on selected clinical units within Blank Children's Hospital. For information regarding eligibility and availability, please contact the program coordinator at (515) 241-5008 or elizabeth.bolten@unitypoint.org.

Third-Year Pediatric Rotation

Six-Week Pediatric Clerkship: Open to four affiliated third-year medical students from the University of Iowa every six weeks, this rotation fulfills the required pediatric clerkship.

The rotation is structured as follows:

  1. General pediatric and surgical inpatient unit - three weeks
  2. General pediatric outpatient clinic - one week
  3. Newborn nursery - one week
  4. Community pediatric office - one week
Students are excused from clinical duties every Tuesday afternoon for participation in didactic sessions relating to the course objectives. Five CLIPP case lectures are also presented by various faculty during the course of your six weeks. 

Four-Week Pediatric Clerkship: Open to two Des Moines University Students every four weeks, this rotation fulfills the required pediatric clerkship. 

The rotation is structured as follows: 
  1. General pediatric and surgical inpatient unit - 2 weeks
  2. General pediatric outpatient clinic (Blank Children's Health Center) - 2 weeks
  3. Newborn nursery - 2 mornings
Students are excused from clinical duties every Tuesday afternoon for participation in didactic sessions relating to the course objectives. CLIPP case lectures are also presented by various faculty during the course of your four weeks. 


Fourth-Year Pediatric Rotations

Sub-Internship

A four-week rotation on BCH's 53-bed general pediatric and surgical inpatient unit.

Mission: Rotation is designed to advance the pediatric-specific knowledge and clinical competency, and expand awareness of the complex interrelations between families and the healthcare team. This rotation helps prepare students for the challenges and demands of the internship.

Overview: The student will function as a sub-intern on the general pediatric teaching service at Blank Children's Hospital. This service cares for general pediatric and subspecialty pediatric patients from birth through adolescence. Students will increase their knowledge of inpatient pediatrics, gain skill in pediatric procedures, and learn to function as an intern. The student will be under the supervision of senior pediatric residents and pediatric hospitalists. Teaching rounds will be held daily. 

Pediatric Emergency Department

A four-week rotation in BCH's dedicated pediatric emergency department, which is a Level II trauma center for pediatric patients (Level I for adults). This rotation is open to one fourth-year medical student every four weeks.

The pediatric ED is staffed 24 hours a day with pediatricians who are board certified in emergency medicine. The ED has approximately 25,000 patients in 2017. 
The student will become familiar with the management of conditions in infants, children and adolescents that may present urgently to an emergency department, general pediatrician, or family practitioner.

This rotation is focused for those interested in entering a residency in pediatrics, family medicine, or emergency medicine who wants to learn more about the management of common pediatric illnesses and emergencies.


NICU

A four-week rotation in BCH's 36-bed Level IV NICU. This rotation is open to one fourth-year medical student every four weeks.

Mission: The student will develop the knowledge and clinical skills in the resuscitation of newborns, as well as the basic management of acute illness in neonates. 

Overview: This rotation is focused for those interested in entering a residency in pediatrics, family medicine, obstetrics or emergency medicine who wants to learn more about the management of acute illness in neonates.