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Pediatric gastroenterology

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Acceptance into the elective is by application only.

All applications must be submitted through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities™ (VSLO®) 

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital offers a four-week elective rotation for interested fourth-year medical students. Our division cares for children of all ages. We provide comprehensive pediatric gastrointestinal care that includes the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, gastroesophageal reflux, and hepatic disorders. Our physicians perform the complete diagnostic work up of pediatric gastrointestinal disorders, which often includes using endoscopic techniques.

The rotation integrates the medical student into the care of and follow-up of children with diseases of the GI tract, liver or pancreas. Students spend the majority of their clinical time in our busy outpatient clinic and observe and assist in the pediatric endoscopy suite. Students also participate in our pediatric weight management team and inpatient consultations.

Goals & objectives

Understand the pathogenesis, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work-up, and treatment of common pediatric gastroenterology problems such as:

  • GERD
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • GI bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  •  Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Various liver diseases
  • Pancreatitis
  • Recognize indications for endoscopy, colonoscopy, pH probe, and radiological studies in children
  • Perform the history and physical examination of children with diseases of the GI tract
  • Interpret GI radiological studies, laboratory tests and tissue pathology

To enhance the learning experience, the student is expected to begin the rotation with some familiarity of the topics listed below. This can be accomplished through self-study and reading before starting the rotation. Excellent discussions of these subjects can be found in “Up to Date” and similar sources.

Contact us

Megan Longenberger, BS
Medical Education Coordinator