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Undergraduate Teaching – Clinical Paediatrics
The highly popular paediatric training occurs during the clinical years of the course.
Each block of 25-30 medical students attends an initial introductory 2-day course of instruction at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital campus. This comprises a series of interactive lectures and small-group sessions, including clinical method, developmental assessment, and basic life support of children, infants and newborn.
Students also have sessions on history taking and clinical examination of infants and children before starting their clinical paediatric placement at one of nine District General Hospitals throughout East Anglia and North London. These placements last 6 weeks with students divided into groups of three or four at each hospital and nine at Addenbrooke’s.
An Undergraduate Specialty Tutor (a consultant paediatrician) co-ordinates teaching in the local hospital in conjunction with paediatric colleagues. Instruction in Community Paediatrics also takes place at this time, including experience of child surveillance and children with special needs.
Assessment at the end of the paediatric attachment comprises :
- Grading of attendance, enthusiasm and ability by the Undergraduate Specialty Tutor
- Performance at a “long” clinical case presentation, observed by two examiners
- Submission of a written case commentary and ethics case, marked independently by two separate examiners
- On-line MCQ and slide test
Departmental academic staff review all the examination marks, and an overall grade is awarded to each student. Prizes are available for students who have excelled in the course.
Students are also examined in paediatrics as well as adult medicine, surgery and psychiatry within the ‘Finals’ examinations at the end of the medical training programme.
As part of the course outside of the first year Student Special Components are enthusiastically taken up within Paediatrics.
For more information on Paediatrics at Cambridge, please contact our Undergraduate Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Carlo Acerini Undergraduate Specialty Director
Dr Kathryn Beardsall University Lecturer
Dr Nazima Pathan University Lecturer
Dr Rachel Williams University Lecturer
Dr Matthias Zilbauer University Lecturer
Dr Hilary Wong Clinical Lecturer
Dr Emile Hendriks Clinical Lecturer
As part of the medical course, you will have an opportunity to undertake further study as part of the MB/PhD programme. This is aimed at students that wish to experience both the clinical and the academic sides of medicine. You can choose whichever field you wish, including Paediatrics! If you would like to find out more, please visit the School of Clinical Medicine pages on the programme.