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Health Sciences

Pediatric pulmonology

In this rotation at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, you’ll be paired with rounding physicians who are responsible for inpatient consults/rounding, as well as outpatient clinic/same-day appointments. Your day will consist of morning consults/rounding (8 to 10 a.m.), outpatient clinic (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and afternoon consults/rounding (3 to 5 p.m.).  

Expectations of the student

  • Attend intake rounds from 8 to 9 a.m. each day, as consults may arise during that time.
  • Come to rounds each day with new data and proposed plan for inpatients (especially cystic fibrosis patients). 
  • Evaluate and follow inpatient consults.
  • Evaluate new and return patients in the clinic.  

Competencies to achieve by rotation’s end

  • Evaluation of a pediatric patient with respiratory complaint
    • History-taking
    • Physical examination
  • Generate differential diagnoses for the following chief complaints
    • Cough
    • Wheeze
    • Chest pain
    • Stridor/laryngomalacia
    • BPD/chronic lung disease
    • Recurrent pneumonia
    • Exertional dyspnea
    • Asthma evaluation
    • Sleep apnea/sleep disorder
  • Interpret spirometry/post-bronchodilator studies
  • Generate meaningful consult notes for referring physicians
  • Demonstrate proficiency for care and effective teaching for the following situations:
    • Asthma – diagnosis of the infant toddler with recurrent wheeze. 
      • Management of persistent asthma
    • BPD – ensuring adequate growth and lung development
    • Cystic fibrosis – how to interpret and manage newborn screen results
      • Management of chronic disease and acute exacerbations
    • Vocal cord dysfunction – identification and management
    • Chronic cough – develop differential diagnosis and evaluation strategy
    • GERD – identify how this may exacerbate/interact with certain lung diseases 
    • When to refer for bronchoscopy – indications for bronchoscopy
      • Limitations of flexible bronchoscopy
    • Sleep apnea – how to identify possible sleep apnea in children
      • when to refer for sleep study  

Apply now

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Acceptance into the elective is by application only.

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

Contact us

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Megan Longenberger 
Program Manager, Health Professions Education
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