Medical Student & Resident Education

The Division of General Pediatrics provides educational opportunities for medical students and residents in addition to our fully accredited fellowship program.

Medical Students

The Academic Colleges at UT Southwestern

A College at UT Southwestern is a learning community that brings together gifted faculty with small groups of students to mirror professional clinical skills, behaviors, and attitudes of a physician. Students are assigned to one of six colleges on their first day of medical school and remain in that college for four years. The curriculum covered in the weekly sessions includes history taking, physical exam and presentation skills, clinical reasoning, ethics, professionalism, and human behavior. As students progress through the clinical curriculum in the third and fourth year, mentors serve as advisors and continue the ethical and professional development through reflections on critical incidents.

Faculty contacts:  Angela Mihalic, M.D., Matthew Cox, M.D., Vineeta Mittal, M.D. 

Extremes of Life: Pediatrics and Geriatrics

Division members provide the majority of the core Pediatrics lecture series to the second-year medical students. Topics include the pediatric history and physical exam, normal and abnormal growth and development, and common presentations of diseases in children, including respiratory illness (croup, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, etc.), gastrointestinal disease (malrotation, pyloric stenosis, intussuception, etc.), and musculoskeletal disorders (hip dysplasia, avascular necrosis of the femoral head, rotational deformities, etc.), emphasizing areas of pediatric medicine not covered elsewhere in the core pre-clinical curriculum.

Faculty contact: Angela Mihalic, M.D.

International Service Learning Elective

The International Service Learning non-credit elective is open to all medical students who are interested in experiencing medicine in another culture, addressing the economic, political, cultural, and environmental factors that affect the health of individuals and populations in diverse communities across the globe. This elective merges community service, medical mission, and academic coursework through reflection on practice.

Students who complete this rotation must complete a minimum of a one-week experience, an evaluation, and an essay reflecting on what they learned from the experience. They are eligible for travel stipends and to have a notation placed on their transcript.

Faculty contact: Angela Mihalic, M.D. 

Public Policy and Healthcare Financing Elective

The Public Policy and Healthcare Financing senior medical student elective is a four-week rotation consisting of two-week blocks completed in Austin and Dallas. The Austin portion consists of on-site experience with the daily activities of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Medicaid/CHIP Division, discussion with subject matter experts, and participation on projects related to policy development.

The Dallas portion consists of discussions with content experts focused on the challenges inherent in the delivery of effective, cost-effective health care delivery through several different, yet similarly comprehensive and complex, private delivery systems. Students meet with executives at Parkland Health & Hospital System, Children's Medical Center, and Parkland Community Health Plan.

Faculty contact: Angela Mihalic, M.D.

International Medical Exchange Program

The International Medical Exchange Program is a formal medical exchange program between UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Université Paris Descartes. The program features a year-long exchange where at least six months are spent in clinical clerkships in hospitals in Paris and the remainder spent in least/lesser-developed countries of the student's choosing. Students who successfully complete the program, along with a scholarly work, graduate with an M.D. with Distinction in International Health.

Faculty contact: Angela Mihalic, M.D. 

Resident as Effective Teacher Workshop

The Resident as Effective Teacher Workshop is a full-day program provided to the early second-year residents who are preparing to transition to team leaders. The workshop is presented by talented, respected faculty, including many Division members. Topics include adult learning theory, leadership, bedside teaching, communication styles, feedback and evaluation, teaching procedures, teaching the learner with difficulties, teaching micro skills, and small group presentations.

Faculty contact: Angela Mihalic, M.D. 

Medical Student Clinic

Medical Student Clinic (MSC) provides a unique clinical experience for the third-year medical student with a focus on assessing clinical skills on bedside education without the pressure of high volume turnover, and which allows more direct teaching in the development of clinical problem solving skills. It is staffed by General Pediatric faculty as well as private practitioners from the community, with a full-time dedicated staff of an R.N., an MA, and PARs.

In addition, there is a dedicated senior resident who contributes to the didactic and informal teaching and helping students with their presentations. MSC operates from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays and is located in the Continuity of Care Clinic on the lobby level at Children's Medical Center.

During their seven to eight clinic sessions, students see patients who present to the hospital with urgent problems. The faculty to student ratio is 1:2, which provides active learning and direct feedback for the student. To start the clinic each morning, students attend problem-based learning sessions of common pediatric illnesses. At the end of their week in the clinic, there is a two-hour weekly interactive discussion on actual cases the students have seen.

Pediatric Preceptorship

This program serves to expose the rising second-year medical students and the fourth-year medical students to clinical pediatrics in a non-academic private practice in both rural and urban areas in Texas. This is a four-week rotation that is coordinated with the Texas Pediatric Society by Vanthaya Gan, M.D. The program, under a supervising pediatric mentor, allows students to experience a compassionate, appropriate, and effective manner for providing preventive health care maintenance and treatment of health problems, as well as promoting continuity of care.

Faculty contact: Soumya Adhikari, M.D.