PEDI661JM.01 (Reno)
Pediatric Endocrinology

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Short Name: PEDI661JM.01 Endocrinology
  • Course Number: PEDI661JM.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Department: Department of Pediatrics
  • Department Contact: Diane Hamada
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 2 - 4 Weeks
  • Preceptors:
    • Kathy Eckert, M.D.
    • Anamaria Manea, MD
    • Lorri Nielsen, APRN

Please contact the Department of Pediatrics to verify elective availability.

Goals/Objectives

  • 1. To increase the student’s knowledge base, physical and clinical skills and decision-making capabilities in the care of children and adolescents with endocrine disorder and diabetes. 2. To differentiate between normal and abnormal growth patterns and develop differential diagnosis and treatment plans for those with abnormal growth patterns. 3. To identify children with abnormal newborn screen testing for endocrine diagnoses (congenital adrenal hyperplasia, congenital hypothyroidism) and understand the significance of treating these conditions. 4. To gain an understanding of the complexity of managing children with Type 1 diabetes, how to differentiate between types of diabetes and the short and long term complications associated with poorly controlled diabetes. 5. To be exposed to a variety of endocrine disorders including ambiguous genitalia, thyroid disorders, adrenal gland disorders, panhypopituitarism, septo-optic dysplasia and understand the implications of these disorders. 6. To learn the clinical and communication skills necessary to manage patient chronic disorders and the general pediatric issues that are associated, including behavioral, school and learning issues, growth, nutrition, etc.

Description of Rotation

The rotation consists of endocrine and diabetes clinics in the outpatient and inpatient settings. Students are expected to see patients independently and perform write-ups of new patients. Inpatient exposure to diabetic ketoacidosis and management issues associated with diabetes as well as other key endocrine problems such as panhypopituitarism, failure to thrive, etc. will be part of the rotation. Knowledge of the newborn screening program in Nevada and relevance to pediatric endocrinology will be emphasized. Extensive discussion and review of electronic diabetes logbooks and glucose monitors as learning tools will be utilized. An understanding of the various technologies utilized to improve control, as well as the potential pitfalls of these, is expected.

Didactic sessions and discussions will occur throughout the rotation. The student is expected to prepare a presentation on a topic of interest and present to the faculty.

Case-based learning exercise will be given at the beginning of the rotation and will be expected to be completed by the end of the rotation in preparation for discussion of these cases with faculty.

Assigned reading through textbooks and articles (provided) is expected. Prior to starting the rotation the student should have a good understanding of endocrine physiology.

References/Materials

  • Kaplan - Pediatric Endocrine and Endocrine Physiology (provided).
  • Extensive file of articles is available for use

Evaluation Method

Standard pediatric clerkship evaluation form.

Grade

  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives