Medical Students at CCMC
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) serves as a large primary care center for the inner city population of Hartford (predominantly Hispanic). The hospital also serves as the tertiary care center for central and northern Connecticut; a range of subspecialty-based pediatric patients are encountered on the inpatient service: pediatric cardiology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, nephrology, rheumatology, etc. CCMC serves as an intensive, but welcoming and highly educational, setting in which to further develop the student’s skills in inpatient pediatrics.
Core Pediatric rotations are offered only to University of Connecticut (UCONN) students. UCONN medical students are required to complete a 2 week inpatient rotation at CCMC for their Pediatric Clerkship in the third year. There is a 6 week pediatric ambulatory clerkship, during which students are placed either at a hospital-based clinic or private practice. During the ambulatory clerkship, one half day per week is in one of the Pediatric subspecialty clinics, observing and working with pediatric subspecialists.
In the fourth year, UCONN medical students can choose to complete an Advanced Inpatient Experience, commonly known as a sub-internship rotation. This one month rotation builds on the skills and knowledge obtained during the third year. The role approximates that of a first year Pediatric resident, with close monitoring and supervision.
There is also a required intensive care rotation in the fourth year of medical school. Students can choose to do a rotation in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a 18-bed Medical/Surgical unit where approximately 850 critically ill children per year receive care and treatment. Students work as part of the healthcare team to care for children with critical care issues.
In addition to the above, UCONN medical students can choose to do a one month elective experience in a pediatric subspecialty. During this rotation, students become an integral part of the specialty team in caring for pediatric patients in both the inpatient and clinic settings.
Non-UCONN students can arrange fourth-year electives through the Medical School. If you are interested in arranging a fourth-year elective rotation as a visiting medical student, please refer to the following link for information: