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UTMB 3rd Year Pediatric Clerkship (Outpatient Portion)

Every third year medical student at UTMB is required to take the Pediatric Clerkship. UTMB places approximately 230 UTMB third year medical students with preceptors across the state each year for this course. The entire 3rd Year Pediatric Clerkship is eight weeks. The inpatient portion is four weeks, the nursery portion is one week, and the outpatient portion (with a volunteer community teaching physician) is three weeks.

Preceptor Qualifications

  • MD or DO
  • Board certified in Pediatrics
  • Preceptors must be licensed and working in the state of Texas
  • Must be a Pediatric generalist working in an ambulatory setting
  • No disparaging board orders on the Texas State Medical Board
  • Preceptor must go through UTMB appointment benefits and process before accepting students

Community Teaching Physician Commitment per Student
Minimum: 4.5 days each week for 4 weeks (36 hours in clinic each week)
Maximum: 45 hours each week for 4 weeks (students need time to study for their shelf exam at the end of this rotation)
Preceptors may ask a student to round with them in the hospital after regular clinic hours. They may also ask the student to work during Saturday clinic hours. Both of these teaching opportunities are acceptable as long as that time does not exceed the 45 hour work week maximum for the student.

2018-2019 Academic Calendar

Term 1Term 2Term 3
Period 01: 07/02/18 - 07/27/18Period 03: 08/27/18 - 09/21/18Period 05: 10/22/18 - 11/16/18
Period 02: 07/30/18 - 08/24/18Period 04: 09/24/18 - 10/19/18Period 06: 11/19/18 - 12/14/18
Term 4Term 5Term 6
Period 07: 01/14/19 - 02/08/19Period 09: 03/11/19 - 04/05/19Period 11: 05/06/19 - 05/31/19
Period 08: 02/11/19 - 03/08/19Period 10: 04/08/19 - 05/03/19Period 12: 06/03/19 - 06/28/19

Each Period listed above is 4 weeks long, but the student will only be at the preceptor's location for three of those four weeks. The student will spend one of those four weeks completing their nursery requirement.

Course Links
UTMB Pediatric Clerkship Website
UTMB Pediatric Clerkship Syllabus
Course Goals & Objectives (syllabus extract)
Pediatric Clerkship Case Logger
Syllabus Supplement for Austin-based Students

Student Evaluation Form (DOC)
Completed student evaluations should be returned to UTMB Pediatric Clerkship Coordinator, Tiffany Swain. Evaluations may be submitted via fax to (409) 747-0721 or via e-mail.

Course Contacts

Clerkship Co-Director (Galveston)Gayani Silva, MD
Clerkship Co-Director (Galveston)Melissa Smith-Phillips, MD, PhD
Clerkship Coordinator (Galveston)Tiffany Swain
Outpatient Coordinator (Galveston)Brian Sullivan

If you are interested in teaching medical students for the UTMB 3rd Year Pediatric Clerkship, please contact Brian Sullivan.