Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Objectives:

The student will gain an understanding of:

  • The nature, indications, side effects and contraindications of the recommended childhood immunizations;
  • The clinical manifestations, mode of transmission, management and complications for pediatric infections which may require hospitalization such as bacterial meningitis, osteomyelitis, orbital cellulitis, neonatal sepsis, pyelonephritis, viral pneumonia;
  • The infection control issues for pediatric patients;
  • The infections in immuno-compromised patients including clinical manifestations, modes of transmission, management and complications.

Description:

The student will attend the 3-weekly out-patient Infectious Disease Clinics (Pediatric HIV, Pediatric TB, and consulting Infectious Disease) and will participate in the consultative in-patient service. The in-patient program involves 10-15 new consults/week; follow approximately 20 patients. The student will also have the opportunity to review radiology and bacteriology and virology laboratory results pertaining to these patients. The student will have the opportunity to learn about appropriate and non-appropriate use of anti-microbial agents and the importance of host defense systems in preventing/controlling an infection. The in-patient consultations usually deal with complicated and/or unusual infectious diseases in children, e.g. osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, severe pneumonia, sepsis in neutropenic patients. If the student wishes to see common pediatric infections, the general pediatric rotation or pediatric emergency rotations provide a better opportunity.

Location: Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Duration: 2 - 4 weeks

No. of Students: 1

Available for: Clinical clerks only

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