Training opportunities abound in Pediatric clinical education

Published: December 9, 2016

Medical students at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine have a wealth of clinical training opportunities in Pediatrics – both in primary care and subspecialties.

The educational activities in child health are anchored at UNT Health Science Center’s Department of Pediatrics, which includes a dedicated faculty and staff committed to patient care in an academic General Pediatric Clinic.

That care is augmented by on-site Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Endocrinology services, a Teen Clinic (for ages 13-18), and a Pediatric Mobile Clinic that serves families in the community with limited access to health care.

Second-year medical students have opportunities to travel to local schools, conduct faculty-supervised physical examinations of children, and develop their skills in pediatric assessment (“Catch-1” Program).

Our partner in Pediatric Medical Education in Fort Worth is Cook Children’s Medical Center, a highly respected health system for children and adolescents. Our academic affiliation with Cook includes an active inpatient pediatric service where third year TCOM students rotate during their core clerkship, as well as a large variety of pediatric medical, surgical, and diagnostic specialty services that offer third- and fourth-year elective opportunities of up to one month in length.

On any given day, as many as 30 TCOM students may be found on various rotations in the Cook Children’s System.

At TCOM, we are fortunate to have excellent relationships with other community-based pediatricians and with John Peter Smith Hospital, where our students gain valuable mentoring and experience in newborn assessment.

For our students who rotate in remote locations from Fort Worth, we offer excellent clinical training opportunities at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, where some of the students conduct their third-year core clerkship rotations, and also in Conroe, Longview, and nearby Weatherford, Texas.

Several excellent pediatricians in smaller communities have contributed to the education of students interested in rural medicine, and have served as outstanding role models for that unique type of practice.

Students with interests in critical care pediatrics and hematology-oncology have the opportunity to spend third or fourth year electives at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, working in a busy tertiary children’s referral facility.

“TCOM students have earned a strong reputation for their pediatric preparation and are therefore welcomed for fourth-year rotations in a large number of prestigious children’s facilities in Texas and from coast to coast,” said W. Paul Bowman, MD, Professor and Chair of Pediatrics. “These educational opportunities have prepared our students well for their pediatric residency applications and for a strong likelihood of successful matching at competitive training programs throughout the United States.”

Interest in Pediatrics at TCOM is enhanced by a strong student-led Pediatrics Club, which promotes community services for children, hosts guest speakers, and facilitates students’ involvement in the Texas Pediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics.