Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

Pediatric Subinternship

During this subinternship, students will serve as members of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s inpatient teams for four weeks. Teams may be in general medicine, pulmonary-allergy, kidney diseases or hematology/oncology, depending on the time of the year and the number of students enrolling in the subinternship. 

Service assignments and materials will be emailed to students prior to the rotation start. This will include information on where you should report on your first day. On that day, you will meet with medical student coordinator Traci Williams at 7:30 a.m. to go over logistics regarding pagers, ID badges and computer passwords. You will receive a formal orientation from Jennifer Trainor, MD, the clerkship director, on the first day at noon.

Students will work three weeks of day shifts (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.), five days of overnight shifts with their teammates (5 p.m. to 7 a.m.) and one weekend day shift (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Students will take calls with a senior resident and an intern, but will admit and carry their own patients throughout the month.

They are expected to participate in all facets of inpatient service, including attendance at all lectures that their teams attend. Department conferences such as morning report, firm rounds, grand rounds and noon conference are also included in students’ schedules. A separate subinternship case conference with Dr. Trainor and the chief residents will be substituted for some 12 p.m. conference time. In addition, there will be one to two pediatric acute illness simulation experiences during the rotation. 

This rotation should not be taken when residency interviews are planned because there are no weekdays off. The call schedule is difficult to change once disseminated. Any special call requests should be made at the time the clerkship is arranged. We cannot guarantee that these special requests will be honored.

During the subinternship, you will meet weekly as a group for case conferences and twice on an individual basis with subinternship staff to discuss your evaluations and progress.

 Goals and Objectives

Detailed Goals and Objectives

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 Grading and Evaluation

Evaluations will be completed by the attending physicians and the senior residents on the service. Students will be graded on the basis of their clinical performance and professionalism on the inpatient wards. 

Students will also be evaluated by the clerkship director on the basis of written H&Ps, discharge summaries and quality of presentation and interaction at case conferences. 

Each student will complete an individual learning plan at the start of the clerkship, which will be reviewed at the midpoint and the end of the clerkship with the clerkship director. Students will also receive in-person feedback from their senior residents at the mid-point and end-point of the rotation.

 Tools and Readings


Jennifer Trainor, MD

Traci Williams