IU School of Medicine



Similar in outline to course 93KE710, this course will focus more on the problems of children with diabetes in an outpatient and diabetes camp setting. One week during the month, students will attend the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Camp (Camp John Warvel located on the grounds of Camp Crosley YMCA) in northern Indiana, under the guidance of Dr. Nebesio, other pediatric diabetologists, and endocrinologists and live in cabins with campers (ages 7-16). Camp will be from June 3rd (Sunday) to June 9th (Saturday) with a mandatory camp orientation at the camp on June 2nd (Saturday). At camp, students will be an integral part of the health care team and participate fully in insulin injections, blood sugar testing, insulin dose adjustments, meal supervision, and may join campers in all camp activities. Students will spend the other 3 weeks at Riley Hospital in outpatient and outreach clinics in Indianapolis where they will participate in evaluation and management of infants, children, and adolescents with diabetes and other endocrine diseases. Disorders of growth, puberty, adrenal, thyroid, genital development, and calcium are all commonly seen in the Pediatric Endocrine Clinics. While in outpatient clinics, and depending on how many students take the elective, approximately 1 to 3 days each week will be spent in Diabetes Clinic and approximately 2 to 3 days each week in Endocrine Clinic. A brief final report and presentation on some aspect of pediatric endocrinology or diabetes care is required; this involves a Powerpoint presentation and paper. This elective is particularly recommended for students interested in the medical care of children, adolescents, and young adults with diabetes.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Todd Nebesio, MD (tdnebesi@iu.edu)

Director: Todd Nebesio, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Differentiate between and treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes (PC2)
  • 2) Treat and manage various endocrine disorders, including short stature, early and delayed delayed, thyroid disease, adrenal disease, and other common conditions (MK4)
  • 3) Actively participate in diabetes camp and gain knowledge about the treatment and day-to-day management of children with type 1 diabetes (P2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Performance at camp and in clinic, observations and evaluations from the physicians and medical staff that the student interacts with during the month, oral presentation at the end of the month, and paper).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 85% Clinical; 5% Lecture; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Todd Nebesio, MD (tdnebesi@iu.edu)

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None