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Department: MEPED-Pediatrics
Course: 505A-Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Course Coordinator: Dr. Andrew P. Wilking
Course Faculty: Dr. Debra Palazzi
Elective Location: TCH
Periods Elective offered: Qtr: 1,2,3,4
Min. Number of Students:Max: 2
Course Level: Clinical Elective: Counts toward 32-credit graduation requirement
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Pediatric and Medicine Core
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 8am - 5pm Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: 0 Inpatient consultations: 90%
Number on-call nights: 0 Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: 0 Surgery:
  Didactic: 10
Statement of Goals:
This elective provides students the opportunity to evaluate, assess, and follow the progress of children with infectious disease problems in a Consultation Service setting. At the discretion of the attending physician, the primary site for the elective may be modified to enhance the student's educational experience. (Limited number of visiting/international student participation- must have adequate preparation for this advanced elective and be approved by Dr. Palazzi.)
Learning Activities
The student should learn to elicit appropriate historical information important for determining the diagnosis of specific infectious diseases; to assess physical features integral to the diagnosis of these conditions; to develop organ system-based and pathogen-based differential diagnosis; and to propose a plan of management based on the differential considerations generated. Students should learn aspects of antimicrobial therapy in pediatrics including indications for use, side effects, mode of excretion and monitoring studies for major classes of antibiotics. The elective provides the students with opportunities to see the course of infectious diseases such as meningitis, septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, childhood exanthems, Kawasaki syndrome, and urinary tract infections, as well as infectious processes such as bacteremia and fungemia in immunocompromised children.
Evaluation Methods
When and Where to report on first day of service:
8:00 a.m., Infectious Disease Office, TCH, Feigin Ctr., Ste. 1150 (Page ID Fellow at (832) 824-7243 #6224 for details)
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Robin Schroeder
Contact Phone: 832-824-1780
Contact Fax: 832-825-1048
Contact Location: Texas Children's Hospital
Address: 1102 Bates Avebue, Suite 1120
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