School of Medicine
University of Patras
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Undergraduate Courses


Semester 9th & 10th ()

Hours Teaching 0 hours, Laboratory 0 hours, Tutorial 0 hours , Clinical Training 35 hours (per week)



Fifth year students, as well as sixth year students, are trained in Clinical Paediatrics for six weeks per academic year at the Paediatric Clinic of the University of Patras.

Prerequisite knowledge

Students attend the clinical training on the supposition that they have achieved passing score on the exams of the curriculum taught concerning Paediatrics during the Integrated Learning Program.

Goals of clinical training

  1. The acquisition of knowledge concerning Paediatrics that is essential for every doctor regardless of his/her future medical specialty.
  2. The accumulation, organizing and listing of the information concerning normal psychosomatic development and disease in children of any age group (neonates, toddlers, school-age children and adolescents). This training goal includes the following skills and knowledge:
    • Ability to obtain a detailed pediatric history
    • Ability to perform a detailed physical examination and assess the developmental stage of children
    • Ability to document the information mentioned above in the form of a typical history or a problem oriented history
    • Ability to combine and analyze information in order to perform the differential diagnosis
    • Ability to draw up a plan for treating cases, based on the factual administration of diagnostic techniques
    • Ability to concisely present the clinical information during the presentation of medical cases
    • Acquisition of knowledge concerning the basics (not focusing on details) about treating several cases, mainly the most common of them
    • Review of the pathophysiology of several diseases and the impact of disease on child development

Students’ obligations for the achievement of learning goals

During the first day of clinical training students get separated into groups and the schedule concerning the training of each group at several Units of the Paediatric Clinic is announced. The daily presence of students at the Clinic is obligatory.

Students obtain detailed history, perform plenary physical examination, assess the psychomotor devepolment, perform differential diagnosis and draw up a plan for the diagnosis and treatment of the cases of which they are in charge within the wards, the ordinary postnatal ward, the neonatal intensive care unit for premature newborn infants and the ambulatory services- either on call or on a regular basis- of the Paediatric Clinic (ambulatory service for premature newborn infants, Paediatric Allergology, Paediatric Endocrinology, Paediatric Pulmonology). Students follow up the disease course of patients they are responsible for, if that is possible. The students’ obligations concerning the clinical training are staged depending on the year of studies (5th or 6th) and their interests.

The process of teaching, supervision and assessment of students is the responsibility of the Teaching Staff of the Paediatric Clinic but it is also estimated by all the specialists of the Clinic. Students should collaborate closely with the resident doctors who also participate in their training.

During the clinical training, students are separated into groups - each one supervised by a member of the Teaching Staff of the Clinic (tutor). The members of each group meet regularly, at least once a week.
Trainees daily attend specialized, adapted to their level of education, lectures concerning common problems of Paediatric Practice. They also attend the scientific programme of the Clinic (lectures by invited speakers, medical case presentations, literature reviews) and participate in the whole procedure. The attendance of the educational programme of the Clinic is obligatory. 

Upon completion of the clinical training students take a written test and their performance is assessed.

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