Drexel University

Pediatrics Pathway

Curriculum through Class of 2019 only. For students graduating Class of 2020 and beyond, please see new curriculum link.

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MUST READ FOR PATHWAY 2018-2019: Pediatrics Pathway Breakout Handout 2018-2019


The Department of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine offices this discipline-based pathway for students who are considering residency training and a career in Pediatrics (or a pediatric-related specialty such as Med-Peds or Child Neurology). Students will receive mentoring and guidance as they design their 4th year curricular plan, complete 4th year coursework, and apply for residency training.

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Sites and Personnel

Pathway Director:
Drexel University College of Medicine
Stacy Ellen, DO
Section of General Pediatrics
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
160 E Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134-1095
(215) 427-5936 Phone
(215) 427-4805 Fax

Coordinator: Rhea Kramer
(215) 427-4806 Phone
(215) 427-4805 Fax

Associate Pathway Directors, Site Coordinators and Teaching Sites:

Advisors will be assigned by the Pathway Director as appropriate.

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Goals and Objectives

The objectives of this pathway are as follows:

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Description of Pathway

Click here for summary table of Pediatrics Pathway

Students who desire to learn more about Pediatrics are encouraged to elect rotations in general pediatrics or in pediatric subspecialties. Electives should be chosen based on the student's interests, as well as based on areas in which the student would like to gain additional knowledge (e.g., those that the student self-identifies as areas of weakness)

Students will meet individually with the Pathway Director throughout the year to discuss 4th year lottery plans, ongoing changes to the 4th year schedule, approaches to the residency application process, and strategies for the match. Group pathway meetings will also be held during the 4th year to discuss the residency applications process and career option in Pediatrics.

Please refer to the Pathway Table for the list of required and recommended courses.

Please note that certain pediatric-based electives at St. Christopher's are listed in the course catalog under other departments besides Pediatrics and therefore do not count toward the maximun weeks of Pediatrics rotations permitted by the College. These electives are Pediatric Anesthesiology, Child Neurology, Pediatric Orthopeadic Surgery, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatric Radiology, and Pediatric & Reconstructive Surgery. These rotations may fall under Pediatrics at an Away rotation.

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Textbooks and Learning Resources

Learning resources will vary depending on the rotations selected. For specific suggestions, students should review the course description and discuss with the individual course directors or with the Pathway Director.

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Evaluation of the Student
The student's performance in each rotation will be evaluated by supervising physician using the standard Drexel University College of Medicine evaluation form in DOCSS.

Evaluation of Electives
Upon completion of each rotation, students are required to complete the end-of-rotation evaluation form on DOCSS. Students have the opportunity to provide feedback on the rotation overall and on specific faculty (and residents) with whom they worked.

Evaluation of the Pathway
Students are encourged to complete an end-of-year evaluation of the Pediatrics Pathway. The feedback from this evaluation will help the Department of Pediatrics to advise future students more effectively.

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Revised 1/3/2018 -- Specific questions or comments about the content of this page may be directed to the Division of Clinical Education