On Saturday, February 4, one of my colleagues, Dr. Amy Kryder, a pediatrician in Botetourt County, and director of medical student education at the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital, will be hosting a day for the second year medical students at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine to learn the basics of the physical exam in children.
These students have had a multitude of experiences with patients in the first year and a half of their training, but most of it has been with adult patients.
Before they begin their third year, which is heavily clinical, they need to learn how to interact with children, how to gain their trust to be able to listen to their heart and lungs, or feel their tummies. Those of you who read this blog regularly, know that learning how to treat the whole pediatric patient is one of the things I believe is most important for future physicians.
Therefore they need to have some dedicated time to learn these skills.
Many students are frightened by children when they start their pediatric rotations in their third year. We have seen this repeatedly in the third year students from UVA who spend a month with us in Roanoke. I firmly believe that this fear detracts from what they are able to learn in the first week or so of their rotation. Therefore, we decided that the VTC students should have a better introduction to the pediatric exam.
I invite you to read the flier below and to contact Dr. Kryder if you believe you and/or your child would like to participate. There will be plenty of exciting and educational activities for the child volunteers to participate in during the day of the sessions. The children will be treated with respect and kindness. I believe they will have fun, and probably have something interesting to tell about when they go back to school the following week.
Unfortunately I will not be there--I will be in Houston at the national annual meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. But I would love to know that some of my readers have helped to contribute to the education of our medical students. Thanks in advance for your help. There will be plenty of board-certified physicians to guide the students and demonstrate the appropriate way to approach your child.