Departments: Pediatrics

Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove

Section Director: Catherine Mackyo, M.D.

Pediatrics is a section of the Family Medicine department. Pediatric patients present opportunities, challenges, and rewards that cannot be found in any other area of medicine. The management of pediatric patients requires special thought processes, skills, and techniques that must be mastered by all medical students, particularly those planning to enter family practice. Children are not just small adults. Their anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology, and response to illness differ from those of the adult patient. The key elements in the successful practice of pediatric medicine include obtaining an age-appropriate history, performing an age-appropriate physical examination, and synthesizing the information into an age-appropriate set of diagnostic hypotheses. Unlike an older patient, the pediatric patient is often of little help in providing historical information and cooperating for a physical examination. The physician must rely on his or her own skill in performing a physical examination, evaluating clinical findings, and obtaining historical information from family members. All physicians working with pediatric patients must be aware of normal as well as abnormal growth and development patterns. At CCOM, pediatrics is taught in the junior year and during the pediatric clerkship. Medical students seeking further training in pediatrics have an opportunity to take an elective neonatology clerkship.

1702 Pediatrics Rotation
This rotation is intended to provide the medical student with a comprehensive exposure to a wide variety of pediatric problems under the guidance and facilitation of the pediatric faculty and resident staff. Learning during the clerkship is based on a comprehensive set of objectives provided to all students. The curriculum is student centered and problem based. Patient treatment in the hospitals and clinics is supplemented with problem-based learning units. Students are responsible for case presentations in the clinic and at the bedside. Attendance at all conferences, grand rounds, attending teaching rounds, morning report, patient management conferences, A-V presentations, journal clubs, and specialty clinics is required.

Elective Clerkship in Neonatal Medicine
This rotation offers students a basic as well as an intensive experience and exposure to diseases that are peculiar to both term and low-birth-weight infants. Lectures and A-V presentations geared to the development and assessment of diseases of the newborn are presented. Students will be given demonstrations on gestational assessment, physiologic variances in normal newborn patterns, and techniques for interfacing with the maternal organism. The students are introduced to the life-support concepts and equipment used in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Students are encouraged to attend pediatric morbidity/mortality conferences.