The MNAAP fosters an interest in pediatrics in upcoming medical students through grant funding for special projects within Pediatric Interest Groups at medical schools in Minnesota. Kylie Andersen, with the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Pediatric Interest Group, offered this overview of the group’s most recent project using MNAAP grant funding, the Pediatrics Selective.
The Pediatrics Selective is a week-long introduction to the field of pediatrics for first-year students from Mayo Clinic School of Medicine (MCSOM). Now in its sixth consecutive year, the week is planned by the Pediatrics Interest Group with a goal of providing first-year students a broad overview of the specialty, simultaneously offering an early opportunity to explore more targeted interests within pediatrics.
Throughout the selective program, students had the opportunity to interact closely with residents, consultants, allied health professionals and patients. Early in the week, students received introductory lectures on the field of pediatrics, pediatric surgery, and research within pediatrics. They also learned about music therapy, services provided by Child Life, and ways to talk with patients about sexual health, as well as more difficult topics such as child
abuse and neglect. Later in the week, students had the opportunity to tour the pediatric departments of the hospital, spend time shadowing pediatric specialists, and sit in on interviews with inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry patients. They also spent an evening volunteering by preparing dinner for residents of the local Ronald McDonald House. The week concluded with a lecture on the “Path to a Peds Residency” from Mayo Clinic’s Pediatric Residency Director, Jay Homme, MD, FAAP.
Each year, students complete surveys before and after the selective in order to help the Pediatric Interest Group better understand the interest of incoming students, learn what sessions were useful, and to improve the week in the future. Over the course of this program’s history, it has continued to be well received by students and faculty at MCSOM and we look forward to watching continue to develop in the coming years.