Pediatrics Clerkship

Medical Students (M.D.)

We anticipate 18-23 students per cycle. The students are divided into four groups: Groups A, B, C, and D. 

Each group will start on a different clinical rotation (Wards, ED, Primary Care, and Nursery or ICU).  These groups will be divided into three teams (1,2,3).

There will be 1-2 students on each of the 12 teams and each team will rotate through the different services together.

Most of the experiences will take place at MUSC Children’s Hospital/Department of Pediatrics, including Wards, Nursery, and ED. For the Primary Care, outpatient experience, 1-2 students will remain on campus (Primary Care Clinic, Rutledge Tower) and 1-2 students will be placed in private practices. These will be the only off-site locations used in the clerkship, and only one student will be assigned to any one private practice at a given time.

Each student’s schedule of assignments and call responsibilities will be provided prior to orientation.

Didactic Sessions

Case Discussions/Lectures

Lectures are held one afternoon most weeks beginning at 1:30 p.m. and ending no later than 5:00 p.m. There are typically 2-4 lectures during each session, each about 45-60 minutes.

Grand Rounds

These take place on Friday mornings at 8 a.m., usually in the Storm Eye Institute auditorium, but are not held in the summer. When in session, student attendance is required.

Morning Report

Students rotating through the Wards and Nursery are expected to attend morning report with their team, Monday through Wednesday at 8 a.m. in Children’s Hospital room 687.

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Sessions

Students rotating through the Wards and Nursery are expected to attend the residents’ EBM sessions every other Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in Children’s Hospital room 687. Wards students will also meet with the librarian who will arrange an additional EBM session.

Weekend / Call Requirements


Each student is expected to work until 9 p.m. if their assigned team is admitting. In addition, each student will be on call 2-4 days (staying until 9 p.m.) during this rotation. Up to two students will take call each day, and most students can expect to work at least one weekend day of call.

Pediatric ED

Each student will work 3-4 shifts, including at least one weekend shift for most students if the rotation includes a weekend.


Students work every day while scheduled in the Nursery (4-5 days).

Primary Care

No call or weekend duties.


Students work every day while scheduled in the ICU (4-5 days). 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.