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Medical Students

Academic General Pediatrics

The Academic General Pediatric Kearny Mesa and La Jolla clinics serve as the main outpatient training sites for third and fourth-year UCSD medical students. Third-year medical students work directly with faculty pediatricians to learn the practice of pediatrics through well-child and acute visits. Additional educational components include daily small-group teaching seminars, noon didactic teaching, and a weekly journal club. Fourth-year medical students may complete a month-long elective as a sub-intern and are expected to lead a journal club and develop an online educational module or community-based advocacy project. The Kearny Mesa site also houses the Academic Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic and allows for multi-disciplinary teaching and cross-collaboration with UCSD DBP sub-specialists and fellows.

Medical students may also inquire about opportunities to work with Academic General Pediatric faculty at Family Health Centers of San Diego as part of a Refugee, Immigrant, Migrant Health Elective.

Visiting medical students interested in a sub-intern elective can learn more about the Visiting Student Program through the Visiting Student Application Service.

Academic General Pediatric faculty also serve on clerkship committees and as mentors for medical student Independent Study Projects (ISP).

Newborn Medicine

As part of their third-year pediatric clerkship, medical students spend a week on the newborn service. Our goal is to introduce medical students to common newborn issues such as jaundice and breastfeeding.  Fourth-year medical students may complete a 2-4 week elective in newborn medicine. Our goal is to provide the sub-intern with the opportunity to develop their confidence and independence in newborn care.

Newborn hospitalists also serve on clerkship committees and as mentors for medical student Independent Study Projects (ISP).  Past projects have included developing educational modules and videos.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

During the third-year pediatric clerkship or fourth-year pediatric sub-internship, medical students can elect to work with Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric subspecialists in the UCSD Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic, co-located with UCSD Academic General Pediatrics. Medical students will be introduced to the evaluation and management of patients with delays in development, autism spectrum disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety/depression, learning problems, and behavioral concerns in a setting that facilitates multi-disciplinary collaboration between DBP and AGP faculty, fellows, residents and medical students on complex patients.

Arrangements can be made for medical students interested in an elective in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in their fourth year.