EXPOSURE OF STUDENTS TO PEDIATRICS IN A MEDICAL SCHOOL IN ISRAEL

Urkin J, Galil A, Tal A, Bar-David Y, Katz M

Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva, Israel

 

Objective:  To present an overview of medical studentsí» exposure to pediatrics during their formal studies at the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva, Israel.

Methods:  A descriptive study of the formal curriculum.

Results:  The medical school program consists of 6 years of formal studies and a 7th year of internship.  Years 1, 2, and 3 are devoted to the traditional studies in basic sciences, clinical sciences and body systems.  The Goldman Medical School has a tradition of exposing medical students to patients from the first year of their studies.  Following this philosophy, exposure to pediatrics is integrated within these formal studies in the form of student participation in clinical rotations in pediatrics, clinical confrontations linking basic sciences with clinical aspects using pediatrics as an example, clinical days which involves exposure to newborns, well-baby clinics, community health centers and child development centers, and clinical weeks devoted to pediatrics.  Pediatric aspects are emphasized in the studies of body systems.  Years 4,5, and 6 are devoted to rotations and electives each with pediatric components. 

Conclusion:  The pediatric experience the Goldman Medical School is distributed within the seven-year program beginning immediately in the first year.  It provides many experiences exposing the student to the diversities of the pediatric profession.

 

 
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