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Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Educational objectives: Develop a logical, efficient approach to the assessment of the urgent and emergent pediatric patient. Become oriented to procedures needed to resuscitate and stabilize pediatric patients. Expand knowledge and technical skills through the management of various pediatric patients. Learn how to interact with families under stress. Develop skills of telephone communication with consultants and primary care providers. 

Responsible faculty: Michelle DePhillips, MD

Administrative assistant:  Nichole Pfeifauf (, (816) 559-5903

Contact person: April Gerry, BS (,  (816) 234-1367

Elective duration: One month

Prerequisites: Completion of the Core Pediatric Clerkship.

Description: Average of four ten-hour shifts per week. Usually 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. or Noon - 10 p.m. with full weekends.

Expectations for the pediatric emergency medicine rotation:

  • Basic pediatric knowledge gained during medical school and general pediatrics rotations.

  • Ability to take accurate, concise history which should include: chief complaint; pertinent history related to chief complaint; past medical birth history; medications, allergies and immunizations; social history; family history; pertinent developmental and diet histories. 

  • Ability to perform an accurate, directed physical examination for various levels. 

  • Ability to present the patient concisely including: history, physical exam and differential diagnosis. 

  • Prescription writing skills and ability to use available references to calculate drug doses.

Calls: No

Criteria for passing:  Satisfactory performance on the clinical evaluation.

Criteria for honors:   Outstanding performance on the clinical evaluation.