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Pediatric Emergency Medicine Elective at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York

Course Director:

Joy Nagelberg, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

The elective introduces the student to the discipline in a busy Emergency Department with a high level of acuity, a varied patient population and case mix. Under the supervision of subspecialty board-certified attendings in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, the student acts as the primary physician for patients with acute medical, surgical, psychiatric and traumatic conditions. The student is expected to perform the patient history and physical examination, formulate a differential diagnosis, undertake a laboratory and/or radiological evaluation as deemed appropriate after discussion with the attending on duty. Interpretation of the laboratory and radiological studies are emphasized. Patient plans for discharge to home with follow-up, or admissions to the hospital are arranged by the student. The student learns the basic principles of and gains hands-on experience with such techniques such as airway management, resuscitations, arrhythmia management and patient stabilization. The student also participates in the daily didactic sessions, case presentations and Mock Codes in the Emergency Department. Experience in procedures such as suturing, and splinting are also available. An Emergency Medicine manual is distributed at the beginning of the rotation that responds to the needs of the student.

More details about each pediatric clerkship offered can be found here.

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