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Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Pulmonology (Minnesota)


The goal of Mayo Clinic's Pediatric Pulmonology Visiting Medical Student Rotation is to provide educational experiences in the diversified field of pediatric pulmonology in an intellectual environment conducive to learning the exemplary practice of pediatric pulmonology. This is accomplished by providing an organized, progressive educational experience with patient care responsibilities in a setting which has a diverse patient population and a teaching staff with professional ability, enthusiasm, and a commitment to teaching. We strive to have an appropriate balance between structured educational activities, including didactic lectures, clinical learning, and patient care responsibilities. The teaching staff also serve as role models for the medical student to develop his/her interpersonal skills and to participate in ethical decision-making. Pediatric pulmonology faculty and rotating medical students are expected to display attitudes and behaviors that demonstrate commitment to patients, their families, and the highest level of care. Working with the health care team, which includes nursing, social service, child life, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, psychology, and nutritional service is emphasized. Mayo Clinic's Pediatric Pulmonology Division is committed to building a diverse faculty, workforce, and trainee community. The Pediatric Pulmonology Division is dedicated to reflecting Mayo Clinic values in every level, with particular emphasis in respect to trainee's diversity priorities.

Specific goals

The mission of the medical student training program is to prepare you to be a future independent and successful practitioner in the field of pediatrics, with emphasis on respiratory medicine. Thus, for the duration of the rotation, you should acquire the understanding in the diagnosis and management of a wide spectrum of respiratory disorders - acute and chronic, acquired, and congenital - in the inpatient and outpatient clinic settings. You should likewise acquire the fundamental knowledge in clinical practice of pediatric pulmonology. Lastly, it is our goal to prepare you to work in a team concept with mutual respect to reflect Mayo Clinic values. As a visiting medical student, you will be supervised by a pediatric pulmonary consultant while providing clinical services during the rotation.

Activity outline

The goal of this rotation is to prepare you to diagnose and treat the variety of respiratory diseases that present in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Inpatient coverage includes consultations on the general floor, and the pediatric, cardiac, and neonatal intensive care units. You will develop experience at the outpatient clinics, where you will see a wide spectrum of disease entities and work under the supervision of several pulmonary consultants. You will learn to perform an accurate history and exam, as well as the indications for and interpretation of diagnostic tests. You will make decisions regarding diagnostic and therapeutic plans, based on the review of literature and in consultation with the pediatric pulmonology consultant. You will attend bronchoscopies and pulmonary function tests, including exercise challenge tests. 

Conference schedule

All rotating medical students are expected to attend scheduled conferences in person or via Zoom, unless specifically excused.

  • Pediatric Pulmonology Aerodigestive Clinic Conference on Mondays at noon
  • Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (DPAM) Morning Report (case conference) on Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m.
  • Pediatric Pulmonology Case Conference on Tuesdays at noon
  • Pediatric Pulmonology Cystic Fibrosis clinic Conference on Wednesdays at noon
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds on Fridays at noon

Method of evaluation

All supervising consultants provide a written description of their students' performance. The Clerkship Director then completes a single summative evaluation on Mayo Clinic MedHub which will be sent to the student and their school's official.