PEDI662CM.01 (Reno)
Pediatric Infectious Disease

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Short Name: PEDI662CM.01 Pedi Infectious Disease
  • Course Number: PEDI662CM.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Department Contact: Diane Hamada
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 4 Weeks
  • Preceptor: Sara Healy, M.D.

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.


  • To understand the clinical presentation, pathophysiology, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of pediatric and neonatal infections

Description of Rotation

Students on this rotation will understand the presentation, epidemiology, and pathogenesis of a wide variety of infectious diseases. The rotation will provide students with the framework for understanding the principles of antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal selection for suspected or proven infections. Students will participate in the care of patients with a variety of underlying diseases complicated by infections and come to understand the utility, limitations, and availability of laboratory and radiological resources for diagnoses. In addition, students will learn the differential diagnosis of periodic fever syndromes and the initial evaluation of children with suspected immunodeficiencies. Topics will be covered either through clinical (inpatient and outpatient) or lecture teaching.



• Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 4th edition. Sarah Long, Larry Pickering, Charles Prober.
• Red Book. Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. American Academy of Pediatrics.

Evaluation Method

Subjective, using the standard evaluation form. Oral presentation required.


  • 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

Special Notes

Learning Outcomes

• Demonstrate the ability to take a pediatric medical history and perform a physical examination relevant to pediatric infectious diseases.
• Develop differential diagnoses for common pediatric infectious disease problems and learn appropriate management strategies for these diseases.
• Attain a working knowledge of the spectrum of activity and rationale for selection of commonly prescribed antibiotics.
• Understand the basic methods of susceptibility testing and interpretation of antibiotic resistance profiles.
• Demonstrate knowledge of the indications, yield, and limitations for diagnostic imaging studies and laboratory assays relevant to infectious diseases.
• Understand how immune function and pathogen specific factors lead to the development and presentation of infectious diseases.
• Attain a working knowledge of common non-infectious diagnoses for recurrent fevers.
• Develop the ability to use evidence based research to develop treatment plans.