Medical Student Rotations at Seattle Children's

PEDS 665 Seattle-based Clerkship Orientation Information

Welcome to Your PEDS 665 Pediatric Clerkship!

You will receive an email from the Medical Student Program at Seattle Children’s with information on where and when to report for orientation. PEDS 665 has a half-day orientation on the first day of the rotation.

Pediatric Medical Student Program

  • Jordan Symons, MD, Director, Pediatric Medical Student Program
  • Rebekah Burns, MD, Associate Program Director and Seattle Clerkship Outpatient Site Director
  • Abena Knight, MD, Associate Program Director and Seattle Clerkship Inpatient Site Director
  • Sara Fear, Medical Student Program Coordinator
  • My Linh Nguyen, WRITE Student Program Coordinator

Online Clerkship Manual

PRIOR to orientation, please review the Pediatric Clerkship website and the PDF of the Clerkship Manual here:

Reviewing the website and manual PRIOR to orientation will leave you better prepared for your first day and you will get more out of orientation. Come with your questions—we expect them!

Aquifer Pediatrics Cases (Computer-Based Curriculum)

Prior to starting your clerkship, you should log into the Aquifer system to access the required computer-based cases. You will receive specific details about these cases during your on-site orientation. Go to Follow the instructions to sign in or register. You must use your UW email account to sign up (the program won’t recognize domains like gmail or Hotmail). If you have used the Aquifer cases in the past (FAMMED and Internal Medicine use the same system), you will use the same login information.

Pediatric Required Problem Set Exercises

To facilitate learning, we have developed a series of assignments and corresponding didactic sessions. To help you prepare for didactics, we created the materials linked here.

Pediatric Clerkship Assignment Tracker

You will be using The Pediatric Tracker to upload and log all of your completed assignments throughout the course of your clerkship. PDFs all of all required forms can be found linked on the Tracker. Access to the Pediatric Tracker is assigned to each user by their UW net ID. Link:

Additional Badges

If you are assigned to UW Medicine Pediatric Clinic, you will need a UWMC Badge. You can pick up your badge from the UWMC public safety office (BB-120) across from Plaza Cafe. Their office is open M-F from 7:30am-4:30pm. Remember to bring a state-issued ID with you to pick up the hospital badge. A map of the Health Sciences Center is here. For BB-120, the letter(s) is the wing and it is on the 1st floor.

If you are assigned to the UWMC Newborn Nursery, you will need a UWMC Badge AND Husky Card. You can get both badges at the UWMC public safety office (see above).

PEDS 665 Inpatient Information

You will spend two weeks of your clerkship on inpatient with one of the Seattle Children’s wards teams. You will receive your team assignment at orientation on the first day of the clerkship.

Prior to starting the inpatient portion of your clerkship, please review the following materials. Students who start on inpatient will join their teams after the half-day orientation. Otherwise, you should plan to arrive in your team room in time for morning sign-out. Further information is in the materials below.

PEDS 665 Outpatient Information

You will spend two weeks of your clerkship at a pediatric outpatient clinic in the Seattle area. You will receive your outpatient site assignment 2-4 weeks prior to the start of your clerkship.

Prior to starting the outpatient portion of your clerkship, please review your clinic’s welcome information linked below:

PEDS 665 “Mixed Tape” Information

You will spend two weeks of your clerkship on a mix of shifts in the Seattle Children’s Emergency Department, caring for newborns at the UWMC or EvergreenHealth newborn nursery and participating in required didactics and SIMs. We affectionately call this portion of the clerkship “Mixed Tape”. You will receive your schedule for these two weeks at orientation, including dates, times and topics for the didactic sessions. Unscheduled time during “Mixed Tape” is designed for study, prep and personal time.

Some of the didactic sessions are held in person at SCH and some are over Zoom. Refer to your personal schedule for confirmation. You can find remote access information for the didactics here.

Prior to starting the mixed tape portion of your clerkship, please take time to review the materials here:

Seattle Children’s ED Experience

  • Here is the referenced PPT slideshow.

Newborn Nursery Experience (UWMC and EvergreenHealth)

Pre-work for the Aquifer Pediatric Active Learning Module: Fever

Fever is a common presenting problem in pediatrics and can be related to many potential etiologies. Understanding how to evaluate and manage a child with a fever is an important skill which requires you to employ multiple concepts of assessment and medical decision-making.

To prepare for this exercise, please be sure to complete Aquifer cases 10, 17, 23 prior to the session. These cases provide a clinical background related to the evaluation and management of children with fever.

At the session, you will begin with a short quiz that will help you to assess your understanding of the core knowledge presented in the Aquifer cases noted above. After this you will work together as a group to evaluate a case of a child with a fever.

Pre-work for the Psychiatry Didactic

To prepare for the Psychiatry Didactic, please review the materials linked here.

Pre-work for the Advocacy Didactic

To prepare for the Advocacy Didactic, please review the following materials:

  1. Complete the Pre-session Survey here.
  2. Tips for taking with patients and families article here.
  3. Summary of evidence Word doc here.
  4. A recent excellent article by Johnson and Wright on Executions and Police Conflicts Involving Children, Adolescents and Young Adults here.
  5. Article by Armstrong & Carlson on Speaking of trauma: the race talk, the gun violence talk, and the racialization of gun trauma link here.
  6. Article by Jones, a pediatric trainee titled, A Seat at the Table: Centering the Voices of Gun Violence Survivors link here.

PEDS 665 Additional Reading Materials

Recommendations for additional reading are listed below but are not mandatory for the pediatric clerkship:

“Blueprints in Pediatrics” USMLE by Marino/Snead/McMillan 5th or 6th edition.
Pediatric Clerkship Guide by J. Woodhead/Mosby
Saint-Frances Guide to Pediatrics by Migita/Christakis
Essentials of Pediatrics by Behrman & Kliegman
Oski’s Essential Pediatrics by Johnson & Oski
Pediatrics by Brown & Miller

We look forward to meeting you! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Medical Student Office at 206-987-2008 or

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