Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Western University of Health Sciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Pediatrics

 

pediatric dept

The Department of Pediatrics vision is aligned with the vision of Western University which includes becoming a dynamic, innovative, progressive leader in the field of Pediatric Medicine. The vision includes being recognized nationally as an entity for excellence in pediatric education, training, research and clinical expertise. The focus of pediatric care is on the physical, emotional, and social health of infants, children, adolescent, and young adults from birth to 18 years.


The focus is on prevention, detection, and management of physical, behavioral, developmental, and social problems that affect children.  General pediatrics is the “Medical Home” for the child by providing well checkups, immunizations, monitoring the child’s growth and development, and providing acute care for when they are sick. 

The Pediatric Department’s goals are to integrate the clinical aspects of patient care to provide the education, faculty leadership and skills, and research to each of our students, faculty, and alumni.

 

Themes and Priorities

 

  1. Pediatric Education
  2. Faculty Development
  3. Academic Leadership
  4. Continuing Medical Education (CME)
  5. Educational Research
  6. Clinical Service
  7. Careers in Pediatrics

 

 

Goals

 

  1. Integrating effective teaching and educationally appropriate level specific pediatric information to the medical students at the pre-clinical and clinical years is essential. This has included restructuring the second year pediatric course from a simple large group lecture based teaching to small group/large group cased based learning. In addition, the clinical curriculum for the 3rd and 4th year students is focused on increasing didactic and clinical exposure to pediatric medicine. The department is dedicated to improving long term outcomes of high achievement on Board Examinations as well as increased recruitment of students into the pediatric field.
  2. Faculty development is essential and the backbone of providing effective teaching in the classroom as well as the clinical setting. The pediatric department is focused on providing effective tools for our pediatric clinical faculty in order to provide effective teaching to our students. These will include interactive based learning as well as online tools.
  3. Academic leadership and growth is essential to building a robust clinical/educational department. Participation would include assessing the needs of processional development and strategic development for leadership roles within the university.
  4. Provide and participating in local and regional Continuing medical education activities are necessary to building network within the pediatric community. In addition, the department is dedicated to providing pediatric CME in the local area through academic and clinical expertise.
  5. Collaboration with the basic sciences and clinical faculty is essential in participating in effective research activities. The pediatric faculty is dedicated in facilitating such efforts.
  6. The clinical services at the Patient Care Center provide high quality, patient centered care for those pediatric patients in the local community. Develop a robust General Pediatric Clinic to meet the patient needs in the local surrounding area. The goals of the pediatric faculty include making an impact within the local community and schools by providing education regarding health, nutrition, and preventative care. More information is available on the PCC Website as well as contact information in scheduling an appointment with a board certified pediatrician.