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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 240 UTMB third year medical students with preceptors across the state each year for this course. The entire 3rd Year Pediatric Clerkship is eight weeks long and is divided into these 4 segments:


  • 2 weeks of Pediatric inpatient service
  • 2 weeks of a Pediatric subspecialty
  • 2 weeks of newborn nursery, NICU and Pediatric urgent care
  • 2 weeks of ambulatory-based Pediatrics with a volunteer preceptor

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 outstanding 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
Teaching time per student:  10 full days in a preceptor's clinic (with a 45 hour maximum student work week)
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.

2019-2020 Academic Calendar

Fall Term
Period 1Period 2Period 3
Student A: 07/01/2019 - 07/12/2019Student A: 07/29/2019 - 08/09/2019Student A: 08/26/2019 - 09/06/2019
Student B: 07/15/2019 - 07/26/2019Student B: 08/12/2019 - 08/23/2019Student B: 09/09/2019 - 09/20/2019
Period 4Period 5Period 6
Student A: 09/23/2019 - 10/04/2019Student A: 10/21/2019 - 11/01/2019Student A: 11/18/2019 - 11/29/2019
Student B: 10/07/2019 - 10/18/2019Student B: 11/04/2019 - 11/15/2019Student B: 12/02/2019 - 12/13/2019

Spring Term
Period 7Period 8Period 9
Student A: 01/13/2020 - 01/24/2020Student A: 02/10/2020 - 02/21/2020Student A: 03/09/2020 - 03/20/2020
Student B: 01/27/2020 - 02/07/2020Student B: 02/24/2020 - 03/06/2020Student B: 03/23/2020 - 04/03/2020
Period 10Period 11Period 12
Student A: 04/06/2020 - 04/17/2020Student A: 05/04/2020 - 05/15/2020Student A: 06/01/2020 - 06/12/2020
Student B: 04/20/2020 - 05/01/2020Student B: 05/18/2020 - 05/29/2020Student B: 06/15/2020 - 06/26/2020

Course Links

UTMB Pediatric Clerkship Website
UTMB Pediatric Clerkship Syllabus
Course Goals & Objectives (syllabus extract)
Pediatric Clerkship Case Logger

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.