How to make the most of your paediatrics placement
An overview of the different settings in paediatrics and what skills you should aim to practise
Paediatrics is different from adult medicine, with a new set of challenges. Although a placement in paediatrics can be an exciting prospect, students often approach it with trepidation. During your placement it is common to rotate between several subspecialties, including neonatal intensive care, the paediatric emergency department, inpatients, and community paediatrics. This article gives an overview of what you should aim to achieve in each of these settings to get the most out of your placement and to help you prepare for objective structured clinical examinations.
The paediatric emergency department is a good place in which to learn the art of the paediatric examination and build rapport in a busy and stressful environment. Here are some points for approaching a paediatric examination:
It can be nerve racking to pick up a small baby for the first time, so look for opportunities to practise how to hold, undress, feed, burp, and