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Information for Medical Students

Medical Student Education

Welcome to the Office of Medical Student Education information site at Children’s National Health System (Children's National), the home of Pediatric Medical Student Education for George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. 

This website was created to provide pertinent information about the pediatric programs for students. We are dedicated to carrying out Children's National’s mission, which includes a commitment to excellence in teaching and GWU Medical Center’s vision to teach with creativity and dedication. We thank you for your interest in the GWU’s Medical Student Programs and look forward to hearing from you soon. Please make a selection below and contact us with any questions.

Third Year Clerkship Students

Children’s National is the Pediatric Department for the George Washington University Medical School. We receive numerous requests for participation in our Clerkship program. Unfortunately, we are only able to accept 3rd year students into our Clerkship from GWU Medical School and Howard University College of Medicine. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions.

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A Clerkship Lecture - Presenting During Family Centered Rounds  (For Current GW and Howard Rotating Students)
At Children’s National, we conduct "Patient and Family Centered Rounds" (FCR).  They are conducted in keeping with the goals of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics to make our healthcare patient and family centered.  Although we focus a lot at Children’s National on efficient/effective care practices and technology, we must not forget the reason we are here - to provide comfort and healing to our patients and their families.  FCR is a great opportunity to connect with patients and families and to learn communication and clinical reasoning skills and to interpret PE findings.

You have a critical role in making FCR successful. Watch the FCR PowerPoint, with embedded videos, to learn how to most effectively contribute to and learn during rounds.  How to Navigate the Presentation:

  1. Click on the link below then Click Open.  
  2. Use the Page Up and Page Down keys, on your keyboard to navigate through the presentation. 
  3. When you click on a Video, it will take a few seconds to start and it will run in the Quick Time Player or in your browser window. 
  4. To return to the presentation when you are finished watching a video, click on the Back (navigation) Arrow at the top of the window, then Click Open. to resume where you left off. 
  5. Close the browser window to exit the presentation. 
  6. If you have problems, contact the Children's Medical Student Education Coordinator.

Download the Presentation Review the Structured Feedback Tool (Hyperlink) for Presentations on Rounds.
  1. Before/during rounds, ask the Teaching Attending to evaluate your presentation.  They will make notes about your presentation. 
  2. Afterwards, use the tool to assess yourself. 
  3. On Feedback Day, give the tool to your teaching attending and ask them to complete it while they discuss how you did. 
  4. Return the tool to me at the end of your Inpatient Rotation.
  5. Plan to do be observed at least 2-3 times. 

Hopefully you will see your FCR presentation skills strengthen each time you do it.

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Fourth Year Visiting Medical and Osteopathic Students
Children’s National Health System is the Pediatric Department for the George Washington University Medical School (GWUMS) in Washington, D.C. We offer 30 electives in a wide variety of disciplines including 4 Acting Internships (Sub-Internships). Students  must apply through the website.  You must be enrolled at a US LCME accredited medical school or a participating COCA accredited AACOM member college.  All US LCME accredited AAMC member schools and many of the COCA schools, with rising 4th year classes are VSAS home schools. Our VSAS application is available on April 1st – Click the link to view the catalog and calendar on GW's Website. If you have any questions about our electives please contact the Pediatric Program Coordinator. Contact us
  • A $75.00 application fee is required made payable to Children's National.  
  • This allows the you to take up to 8 weeks of electives.
  • Payment is due after you have accepted our rotation offer.  
  • Payment must be received no later than the Monday before the electives start date.
  • You will not be allowed to rotate after that day.

General Information

  • The academic year begins the first full week July and usually after the 4th of July.
  • All applications are reviewed to determine your eligibility, the desired elective(s) and the requested rotation time frame(s). 
  • We are unable to officially accept and enroll students until the GWU registration is completed which occurs around mid-May. Your application will be kept in queue until then. 
  • You will be notified if we are unable to accommodate your request. We would love to discuss possible options so that you can participate in our program.
  • If you are requesting more than one elective placement, please note that in your application when you identify your elective and date(s).
  • We require that you post a current BLS or ACLS card in the supplemental document section of VSAS.
  • Background Checks are recommended but not required at this time. 
  • We will process all applications for July and August first and then work our way through the remaining requests.     
  • We are able to accommodate a few “off schedule” requests but it is very difficult for most electives.   

Complete acceptance criterion is discussed on the GWUMS website, where you will also find the electives course decriptions and the academic year calendar.

We hope that you choose to do your elective at Children's National and we look forward to hearing from you soon.  Contact us with any questions.

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Fourth Year International Medical Student Electives Program
International students may inquire about electives through our Office of International Medicine Programs.  We have exchange contracts and/or affiliation agreements with a limited number of international Medical Schools.  We are able to accept students from those schools only.  You may review requirements and availability at .   Contact their office for additional information regarding international clinical electives. 202 994-2796.

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