Madhava R. Beeram, M.D.
Pediatrics is taught in two required courses: Introduction to Pediatrics in the second year and Clinical Clerkship in the third year. The introductory course consists of topic discussions by the students mediated by practicing pediatricians from Bryan/College Station. Major emphasis is placed on normal growth from birth through adolescence, including physical, mental/emotional, educational/cultural and language development. Preventive medicine and anticipatory guidance are stressed. Selected abnormal conditions are included to illustrate age-related disease and deviations from normal.
The six-week pediatrics clerkship is offered throughout the third year and consists of three weeks in the hospital and three weeks in the outpatient clinic. The clerkship is designed to contrast the problems of children with those of adults, both the approach to the diseases themselves and their impact on the family. Only relatively common diseases are discussed in the 16 hours of topic discussions. In the hospital and outpatient clinic, students are encouraged to evaluate their patients first and compare their findings with those of the staff. Each year, 55,000 outpatient visits and 4,250 inpatient days ensure students and the 18 residents sufficient numbers and diversity of patients. Residents and students are supervised by 51 staff pediatricians. More than a third of the pediatricians practice general pediatrics and two-thirds practice a subspecialty.
Further experience in pediatrics is available from fourth year, four-week electives: outpatient, hematology/oncology, inpatient, neonatology, allergy and pediatric intensive care. A Pediatric Honors Program has been established for fourth-year students to foster experience in pediatric research and career planning.
Department of Pediatrics
The Texas A&M Health Science Center - College of Medicine
Scott & White Hospital
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76508
Phone: (254) 724-4363
Fax: (254) 724-1938