IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93KI880 — PEDIATRIC WARD


This elective rotation is designed to provide additional exposure to inpatient pediatrics for students that have completed their pediatric clerkship rotation. Students are assigned to inpatient Pediatric teams that care for patients in a general or sub-specialty ward setting. These teams include Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Cardiology, or Complex Care Pediatrics. Students can indicate their preference however assignment to a specific service is not guaranteed. Students are given primary patient care responsibilities with a closely guided experience in clinical decision-making of diagnostic and therapeutic management of typical medical conditions related to pediatrics. Close supervision is provided by the team's attending physician and resident where applicable. The primary method of teaching is active participation in patient care activities with daily teaching attending rounds. Daily conferences and morning reports will provide complementary educational venues. Weekly schedule will mirror that of the assigned inpatient team (40 - 45 hours/week). As this course is elective there are no specific on call requirements. Students will participate in scheduled resident morning report and noon conferences.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Brian A. McFerron (bmcferro@iu.edu)

Director: Jordan C. Huskins, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

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

Other Faculty: Pediatric Ward Faculty

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Independently collect both focused and comprehensive, developmentally appropriate patient histories (PC1)
  • 2) Independently perform both focused and comprehensive, developmentally appropriate physical examinations (PC1)
  • 3) Synthesize information to formulate a differential and primary diagnosis (PC2)
  • 4) Recognize patients requiring immediate attention by supervising physician (PC1)
  • 5) Suggest appropriate diagnostic tests for the patient


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Direct observation of clinical performance 100%)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status; Pediatric clerkship must be completed

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-45

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical, 10% Library /Research

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Students that are assigned to inpatient rotations at Riley Hospital work in interdisciplinary teams from day one. Rounds almost always include a combination of several of the following: social worker, clinical pharmacist, bedside nurse, and case manager. Additional interaction with nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, music therapy, onsite school teachers, and the like occur frequently outside of rounds. Students and/or residents from these professions are often present as well.

Service Learning Included: None