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Department: MEPED-Pediatrics
Course: 509-Clin. Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism

Course Director: Daniel Joseph DeSalvo, M.D.
Course Faculty: Siripoom Vudhipoom McKay, M.D.,Shiela K. Gunn, M.D.,Katherine Hwu, M.D.,Lefkothea Karaviti, M.D., Ph.D.,Rona Yoffe Sonabend, M.D.,Ioanna Dimitrios Athanassaki,George Said Jeha, M.D.,Shannon L. French, M.D.,Andrea Erika Balazs, M.D.,Kelly Anne Hicks, M.D.,Meenal Mendiratta, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.,Min-Jye Chen, M.D.,Sara Klinepeter Bartz, M.D.,Bonnie Marie McCann-Crosby, M.D.,Maria Jose Redondo, M.D.,Jake A. Kushner, M.D.,Fida Bacha, M.D.,David L. Paul, M.D.,Stephanie Sisley, M.D.,Nidhi Bansal, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.,Kristen Renata Hendrix, M.D.,Sarah K. Lyons,Daniel Joseph DeSalvo, M.D.
Elective Location: TCH
Elective Offered Terms:
Months: 1A,1B,1C,2A,2B,3A,3B,3C,4A,4B,4C
Min. Number of Students:Max: 1
Elective Type: Clinical
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Pediatrics
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 5 days/wk; 9 hrs/day Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: No Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: No Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
The Endocrinology and Metabolism Service at the Texas Children's Hospital offers clerkships to study pediatric and adolescent patients with a variety of endocrine and metabolic disorders. The clerkships include two weeks of inpatient and two weeks of outpatient services.
Learning Activities
The student, upon completing this elective, should understand common pathophysiology of the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, gonads, as well as disorders of the pancreas. Specific diseases encountered include insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, diabetic ketoacidosis, adrenal insufficiency, congenital hypothyroidism, neonatal hyoglycemia, lymphocytic thyroiditis, and diabetes insipidus. Upon completing this elective, the student should understand management of children with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyoglycemia, electrolyte perturbations secondary to adrenal insufficiency, abnormal thyroid functions tests and pituitary insufficiency. Reviews of the literature assist students in learning about Endocrinology and Metabolism. Morning rounds start from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and evening rounds end at 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., depending on the service load and specific clinical problems. Students are expected to do consults, follow patients and write daily progress notes with supervision by the attending or fellow. Student participation in night call is not expected. Student evaluation includes observation of the student's performance on rounds, participation in clinical and laboratory discussions and a powerpoint case presentation. Interest, motivation, and acquired knowledge are criteria also. Comments on performance consist of a conference at the halfway point and at the end of the rotation. Prerequisites include the first two years of medical school, completion of core pediatric rotation, and a keen commitment to learn.
Evaluation Methods
When and Where to report on first day of service:
ccc 1020.05 -- 8:00 a.m.
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Tanja La Spina
Contact Phone: 832-822-3803
Contact Fax: 832-825-3903
Contact Location: 6701 Fannin St., Ste. 1020, Houston, TX 77030

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