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Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ELECT EPEDN - Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Director(s): John Vanchiere, M.D., Ph.D.
Administrative Contact: Shirley Turner
Duration: 4 Weeks or 2 Weeks
Location: Medical School, 4-308
Maximum Number of Students: 2
Elective Offered During Blocks: All
Course Code: EPEDN (4 week code) EPEDN2 (2 week code)
4 Credits


  1. Focusing histories, physicals, and oral and written communication appropriately.
  2. Sharing information effectively with a patient and family.
  3. Prioritizing and organizing work effectively.
  4. Continuing to think about and re-assess the patient during the course of their disease.
  5. Functioning as a “team player” with residents, attendings, nurses, ancillary staff and all others involved in the care of the patient.

Patient Care

  • Independently collect focused and comprehensive, developmentally appropriate patient histories and physical examinations
  • Develop a prioritized and inclusive problem list
  • Summarize interval patient information and rationale for ongoing clinical management
  • Suggest appropriate diagnostic tests for the patient’s chief complaint and other medical problems

Medical Knowledge

  • Identify criteria for admission and discharge from the hospital
  • Describe the signs and symptoms that suggest deterioration or improvement of a patient’s clinical condition
  • List drugs of choice and rationale for their use in common pediatric illnesses
  • Identify contraindications to therapeutic drug use in children of different ages and/or diagnoses
  • Calculate fluid and electrolyte requirements for children based on weight, caloric expenditure, diagnosis, and fluid status

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Communicate effectively with patients and families across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds
  • Provide education and patient instructions to patients and families, using written or visual methods, taking into account their health literacy level
  • Write organized, appropriately focused, and accurate patient notes


  • Demonstrate personal accountability, integrity, compassion, respect, altruism, and empathy when interacting with all members of the health care team, patients and their families, in order to provide the best patient care
  • Demonstrate punctuality and ability to complete patient care tasks efficiently

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  • Demonstrate self-directed learning in daily practice
    • Identify strengths, deficiencies, and limits in one’s knowledge and clinical skills through self evaluation
    • Develop a plan for improvement, perform appropriate learning activities, solicit and incorporate feedback
  • Demonstrate evidence-based clinical practice
    • Access appropriate resources to answer clinical questions
    • Critically appraise relevant literature and incorporate it into patient care

Systems-Based Practice

  • Demonstrate the appropriate utilization of consultants, including social workers, nutritionist, physical therapists, etc.

Specific Duties of Senior Students:

  • See consults and follow the patients throughout their hospital stay.  Write initial consult and follow-up progress notes.
  • Attend daily rounds with the faculty attending
  • Attend Peds ID Clinic on Tuesday afternoon (LSU) and Thursday (WK) mornings
  • Attend all daily Pediatric Department conferences and Infectious Disease Journal Club weekly.
  • Participate in a small project during the elective period (i.e., chart review, literature review).

Reading Assignments:
Based on assigned patients and topics, utilizing current textbooks, journals and online resources.

Offered: All