The practice of Pediatrics focuses on the care of patients from birth through the teenage years. This care can be accomplished in the hospital setting or more commonly in the pediatric office. There are multiple subspecialty opportunities in pediatrics as well.
The Pediatric department at Midwestern University/AZCOM participates in didactic teaching throughout the four medical school years by teaching, lecturing, and participating in workshops for Introduction to Clinical Medicine, as well as participating in Patient Care Experiences that utilizes standardized patients and simulated cases. During the second year, a Pediatric elective course is offered called Case Studies in Pediatrics: What's Your Diagnosis? This elective provides interested students didactic experience to apply clinical reasoning within a pediatrics focus prior to the third year core rotation. The department manages third and fourth year clinical rotations in the pediatric disciplines. The third year rotations in pediatrics consist of office-based pediatric, pediatric hospitalist-based and ward-based rotation opportunities. There are also rural pediatric offices rotations within and outside of the state of Arizona for interested students. The fourth year provides opportunities for electives in pediatric subspecialties, such as pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric cardiology, and neonatal intensive care unit. The pediatric department faculty maintains an open-door policy and is integrally involved in coaching and mentoring students regarding career choices and the residency match process. Guidance for rotations, interview planning, and match list process is provided individually for all students interested in Pediatrics as well as Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residencies. The Pediatric department faculty serves as advisors for the Pediatric Club on campus. The pediatric faculty members also visit preceptor office and hospital sites to lecture as well as to develop faculty relationships with preceptors. Didactic pediatric lectures have also been given to other colleges, such as podiatry and optometry on the Midwestern University/Glendale campus Members of the Pediatric department participates in many activities both on and off campus such volunteering at a homeless Shelter associated with the AZCOM sponsored Health Outreach through Medical Education Clinic (H.O.M.E.) precepting students from many MWU/Glendale programs while providing care for underprivileged pediatric patients. Pediatric faculty also participate in many additional national children charities, the Team of Physician's for Students (T.O.P.S) program, as well as with the DO CARE International medical missions to Guatemala.