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US Pediatric Clerkship Directors Call for Core Curriculum

L. K. Gunzburger, PhD; Richard Foley, PhD; Ardis Olson, MD
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1996;150(7):765-766. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1996.02170320111021.
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The Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics introduced a core curriculum in pediatrics in the spring of 1995. This is an essential step in improving the consistency among pediatric clerkships. In response to a questionnaire distributed in 1993, clerkships ranged from 4 to 12 weeks. The number of objectives ranged from 4 to 750 and were inconsistent with a potpourri of syllabi. One fifth of the faculty did not receive the objectives. Only 56% of the clerkships based the examination on the written objectives.

There was a sincere and widespread interest in having a core curriculum. All pediatricians need to participate in this important core curriculum dialogue.

Within the current health care crisis, one of the highest priorities is the health of our children. Sadly, over 12 million children in this country are currently without adequate medical care,1 and the United States ranks 22nd in the world in


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