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General and Community Pediatrics Education

Faculty in the IU School of Medicine Division of General and Community Pediatrics provide training for medical students, residents, and health care providers, focusing on family-centered advocacy for patients, their families, and their communities. Nationally recognized education programs offered by this division are based at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Residents and fellows interested in becoming physician scientists can take advantage of the department’s robust research programs.


Medical Student Training

Medical Student Training

The Department of Pediatrics Clerkship Program is approximately 7 ½ weeks. Fourth-year medical students considering a career in Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Combined Pediatrics-Internal Medicine or other combined programs with Pediatrics, Dermatology, Child Psychiatry, Child Neurology or certain surgical specialties should consider taking one or more pediatric electives that provide clinical experience on an inpatient service.



The IU School of Medicine Pediatric Residency Program prepares clinicians for the wide range of pediatric diseases, conditions, and treatments in a supportive environment. Faculty is deeply committed to helping residents grow into outstanding pediatricians with sophisticated clinical expertise, excellent communication skills, and the ability to collaborate. With 18 pediatric specialty divisions, the Department of Pediatrics offers residents a patient population that represents health and wellness visits to the most medically complex cases. Great examples of how general pediatrics faculty work with residents to contribute to patient education are monthly Podcasts. The Kids Healthcast – A Pediatric Podcast for Parents has topics ranging from “Teen Depression” to “How to Help Your Child Start School.” Materials are archived for easy reference.
46 Number of Residents Accepted Per Year
295 Attendees at the 54th Annual Pediatric Conference
50 Residents Per Rotation

Annual Pediatric Conference

2019 Annual Riley Conference

Educational Opportunities

The Annual Riley Pediatric Conference is a two-day event that offers plenary presentations on the latest in pediatric health care issues as well as “Hot Topics” on various disciplines. Interactive lectures are featured each afternoon on a wide range of topics such as eating disorders, ophthalmology, sports injuries, high-risk newborn follow-up, family community resources, etc.

Community Resource Rooms and Networking Opportunities

The community resource rooms allow attendees to interact with prominent vendors in the Indiana health care world and experience products that promote medical homes for families. Attendees are encouraged to visit the community resource room to learn more about these resources, network and share ideas. Attendees at the annual pediatric conference are also encourages to take advantage of breaks and events such as the social hour to catch up with friends, acquaintances and develop new connections while enjoying food and music.

Pediatric Practical Pearls

2019 Annual Riley Conference 2
The Pediatric Practical Pearls seminars are held three times a year on a Saturday morning from 7:45 am – 12 pm in January, April and September. These seminars are fun, interactive, relaxed and designed for pediatricians, family practice physicians and others providing primary healthcare to children. The seminars review current scientific advances as they apply to physicians daily practices. Participants will advance their diagnostic and therapeutic skills through this practical, evidence-based review. The seminars are accredited through Continuing Medical Education (CME).