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Medical Student Clerkship

Children's Mercy Hospital is the host site for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine Pediatric Clerkship. Clerkship students also rotate through the NICU at Truman Medical Center. Course instructors are Clerkship Director Maria Dycoco, MD, and Associate Directors, Bobby Riss, MD and Brian Burghardt, MD.


Clerkship Program Highlights

  • Competencies of our program align with the six competencies of the school of medicine.

  • Teaching methods include: orientation, patient presentations on rounds, progress notes, role modeling, observation, student presentations, CLIPP cases, conferences, chief resident report, teaching sessions, formal observation of H&Ps and workshops.

  • Assessment methods include: written assessment, daily feedback forms, formative assessment by residents and faculty after direct observation, NBME exam, CLEX journal and review of medical student written patient documentation.


Pediatric Core Rotation

The Pediatric Core Rotation is divided into the following three blocks:


Inpatient Pediatrics at Children's Mercy Hospital 

The Inpatient block consists of two parts: a three-week daytime inpatient team experience and one- week evening/overnight Owl team experience.
Duration: 4 weeks


Newborn Nursery at Truman Medical Center 

The Nursery block is organized by Nursery Director Beth Simpson, MD.
Duration: 2 weeks


Program Schedule

  • 7 a.m. arrival, examine and gather patient history

  • Team rounds with the attending and residents

  • Teaching sessions with the attending residents

  • Afternoons spent working up new admissions, planning discharges, attending deliveries and observing circumcisions

  • Finish work at roughly 4 p.m.

  • During the Nursery block, students take two twelve-hour shifts in the NICU from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Students will have an average of one NICU shift per week. students are expected to attend deliveries during their shift.


Outpatient General Pediatrics at the Pediatric Care Center (PCC) at CMH (2 weeks)

The Outpatient block of the clerkship takes place in the Children's Mercy Hospital Pediatric Care Clinic (PCC) at 31st and Broadway. It is organized by Clerkship Associate Director Maria Dycoco, MD.  


Types of Teaching Clinics

  • Teaching FPC – Students can work directly with an attending in their faculty practice clinic.

  • PCC Ill Child Clinics – Students can interact directly with pediatric patients. 


Additional Training

  • Well Child Workshop – three-hour preventive medicine workshop

  • Docent Continuing Care Clinic – one day a week throughout pediatric