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  • Overview and Mission of the Division of Pre-Doctoral Education in Pediatrics

    • Unique Information About Program
      MSM Pediatrics faculty are involved in all 4 years of the MD education program.  The MSM Pediatrics overall medical student curriculum is to instruct all students in important elements of child development, health, and medical care.  Care for the urban medically underserved is emphasized.  The Division is supported by a full-time Clerkship/Pre-Doctoral Division Coordinator, Ms. Linda Washington.
    • Director
      Dr. David Levine is the Division Director and the first Clerkship Director for MSM Pediatrics.  Through development activities and networking with other educators, the Division continues to import new advances and methods in Pediatric medical education.   MSM faculty are involved in cutting edge innovations, including computer-assisted instruction, clinical simulations with simulated patients, and use of bedside point-of-care electronic resources.

    Specific Information by Years

    • First Year
      Dr. David Levine is a principle faculty member for the 1st year Community Health course.  This award winning course takes a group of 1st year students through a community intervention – including a multi-layer needs assessment, development of an intervention, evaluation, and presentation of findings.  Finally students are asked to develop health policy recommendations based on their findings.

      Several Pediatrics faculty members – Drs. Katrina Parker, Beatrice Gee, and David Levine are involved in small group reinforcement exercises in the first year integrated curriculum.

      During the summer between the first and second year curriculum, Dr. Jalal Zuberi organizes an annual volunteer medical trip to Haiti.  This will be even more important with the recent disaster on the Island.
    • Second Year
      At the start of the 2nd year, in the Human Values II course, Dr. Levine works with course director Dr. Shawn Garrison to implement a cultural competency simulation that all students participate and then discuss their experiences.

      Dr. Chevon Brooks leads a clinical skills laboratory session with all 2nd year students, learning and practicing the medical history.  Assisting her are Drs. Yolanda Wimberly, Melba Johnson, Sandra Moore, and Pediatric Residents.

      Dr. Yolanda Wimberly leads an exercise specifically directed to obtaining a comprehensive sexual history.

      Several faculty members – Drs. Jalal Zuberi, Lilly Immergluck, and Yolanda Wimberly provide clinical correlations in the Microbiology course.
    • Third Year
      The Pediatrics Clerkship is the centerpiece of our education programs for MD students.  The curriculum is that of the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP: www.comsep.org) with additional information added adapting the Clerkship to the care of the urban underserved.  The Clerkship is administered by working with volunteer Pediatricians across the metro Atlanta region.  The following are the faculty that teach our students on a regular or intermittent basis:
      • Frances J. Dunston, MD, MPH
        Professor and Department Chair: Discussion Facilitator
      • David A. Levine, MD
        Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division Director
      • Truddie Darden, MD
        Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics: Preceptor, Discussion Facilitator
      • Kelvin Holloway, MD
        Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics: Preceptor, Discussion Facilitator
      • Jalal Zuberi, MD
        Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics: Preceptor, Discussion Facilitator
      • Melba Johnson, MD
        Instructor of Clinical Pediatrics: Preceptor, Discussion Facilitator
      • Beatrice Gee, MD
        Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics: Preceptor, Discussion Facilitator
      • Iris Buchanan, MD
        Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics: Discussion Facilitator, Preceptor
      • Sandra Moore, MD
        Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics:  Academic Fellow, Preceptor
      • Yolanda Wimberly, MD
        Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics: Preceptor and Discussion Facilitator
      • Lilly Immergluck, MD
        Associate Professor:  Preceptor and Discussion Facilitator
      • Ghada Osko, MD
        Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics; Preceptor and Discussion Facilitator
      • Leslie Rubin, MD
        Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics: Preceptor and Discussion facilitator
      • Kathi Earles, MD
        Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics:  Discussion Facilitator, Preceptor
      • Jaquelin Gotlieb, MD
        Clinical Assistant Professor: Preceptor
      • Edward Gotlieb, MD
        Clinical Assistant Professor: Preceptor
      • LeRoy Graham, Jr., MD
        Clinical Assistant Professor: Preceptor
      • Gary L. Montgomery, MD
        Clinical Assistant Professor: Preceptor
      • Kevin K. Kirchner, MD
        Clinical Assistant Professor: Preceptor
      • Peter H. Scott, MD
        Clinical Assistant Professor: Preceptor
      • Lynette Wilson-Phillips, MD
        Clinical Assistant Professor: Preceptor
      • Patrice Gaspard, MD
        Clinical Assistant Professor: Preceptor
        *Dr. Gaspard was awarded the 2006 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Community Preceptor Award, elected by AOA members in the graduating class
      • Jacqueline Sulton, MD
        Clinical Assistant Professor: Preceptor
      • Fiona Blair, MD
        Clinical Assistant Professor: Preceptor
      • Cheryl Kendall, MD
        Clinical Assistant Professor: Preceptor
      • Jose’ Rodriguez, MD
        Clinical Associate Professor: Preceptor
      • Melinda Willingham, MD
        Clinical Preceptor
      • Sujits Sarma, MD
        Coordinator, Student and Resident experiences, Scottish Rite ED
      • Neill Videlefsky, MD*
        Clinical Preceptor
        *Dr. Videlefsky was awarded the 2004 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Community Preceptor Award, elected by AOA members in the graduating class
      • Luke Beno, MD
        Clinical Preceptor
      • John Pete Seward, MD
        Clinical Preceptor
      • Loreen Doyle-Littles, MD
        Clinical Preceptor
      • Glenda Morris-Robinson, MD*
        Clinical Preceptor
        *Dr. Morris-Robinson was awarded the 2007 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Community Preceptor Award, elected by AOA members in the graduating class
      • Steven Julius, MD
        Clinical Preceptor
      • Julia Sedor, MD
        Clinical Preceptor
      • Latresa Lang, MD
        Clinical Preceptor
      • Earl Young, MD
        Clinical Preceptor
      • Susan Dyar, MD
        Clinical Preceptor
      • Steven Carter II, MD
        Clinical Preceptor
      • Mark Rappaport, MD
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      • Leslie Leigh, MD*
        Clinical Preceptor
        *Dr. Leigh was awarded the 2005 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Community Preceptor Award, elected by AOA members in the graduating class
      • Deneta Sells, MD
        Clinical Preceptor
      • Reneathia Baker, MD
        Clinical Preceptor
      • Najaz Woods, MD
        Clinical Preceptor
      • Monica Moore, MD
        Clinical Preceptor

      The central element of the Pediatrics clerkship is an ambulatory general pediatrics rotation at a private office, managed care office, or federally qualified health center.  Students also spend two weeks at either Children’s at Scottish Rite or Children’s at Hughes Spalding.  All students spend one week of Neonatology at Gwinnett Medical.  Rounding out the clinical experiences are our specialty weeks, where students spend time with Rehabilitation/Early Intervention, Sheltering Arms Family Development Centers, Pediatric Pulmonary, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Hematology, 3 shifts at a Pediatric Emergency Department, and 3 experiences in Adolescent Medicine.

      The knowledge component of the course is learned through working though the case simulations of the Computer-assisted Learning in Pediatrics Program (CLIPP).  Part of the integrated computer-assisted instruction educational resources known as Med-U [www.med-u.org], from the Institute for Innovative Technology in Medical Education [www.i-intime.org], CLIPP is the best developed product.  Based on the COMSEP curriculum, there are 32 interactive cases that implement the learning competencies.  Dr. Levine has been part of the development of this formidable CAI product and has studied best practices of integration into courses (published in Academic Medicine).

      Also in the third year curriculum is the Fundamentals of Medicine 3 course.  This interdisciplinary course (Course Director Dr. Martha Elks and Co-Director Dr. David Levine) that meets 34 times across the 3rd year, longitudinally, features several Pediatrics topics.  Included are discussions on Medico-Legal partnerships (Dr. Levine), Genomics (Dr. Gee), a patient panel with an African American young man who has cystic fibrosis.

    • Fourth Year
      The Department of Pediatrics offers both traditional and innovative elective courses for students that are interested in exploring these topics prior to residency training.  We offer traditional rotations in Inpatient Pediatrics (Dr. Yasmin Tyler-Hill) and Ambulatory Pediatrics (Dr. Truddie Darden).  Innovative courses are Forensic Pediatrics (Dr. Melba Johnson), Sexuality (Dr. Yolanda Wimberly), STD Medicine (Dr. Wimberly), Care for the Incarcerated (Dr. Wimberly), and Law and Medicine (Dr. David Levine.

    Additional information About Pediatrics Predoctoral Education

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    • Curriculum (Mentioned above)
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    The Department of Pediatrics is proud of our MD graduates as a significant number enter training in Pediatrics, Child Psychiatry, and other child-oriented specialties.  Each year approximately 25% of our graduates enter such training; this is several times that of the average from other medical schools.

    Additionally, there are now 4 former students and 2 former residents that are core teachers in the Pediatrics Clerkship.  As these former students and residents recall the importance of the volunteer faculty in their education, they are willing to give back to the next generation of Medical Students.  An additional former two students are slated to join the Department of Pediatrics in a part time capacity.

    Student evaluations of the course continue to be very positive.  Lauded are the organization, the energy of the volunteer faculty, and getting out of the hospital into “real” doctor’s offices.  Our classroom sessions are highly rated and are monitored by asking for evaluation after each session.  Any poor evaluations are discussed with the faculty member mentioned.

    Finally, our students do well on the NBME Subject Exam in Pediatrics, a metric to compare students at MSM to other Schools.  While we are close, but not yet at the national mean, our students outperform what would be expected according to entering MCAT scores.  Additional interventions to support continued exam improvement include the self-diagnostic CLIPP exam, practice exam questions, and review sessions.

    We look forward to continuing the innovations in Pediatric Medical Student Education and maintaining a cutting edge, quality, highly evaluated, highly performing Pediatrics Clerkship and we look forward to continuing the integration of our faculty into the overall education programs of MSM.