I think pediatrics can be a daunting rotation for some! Kids are unique, it’s not like treating adult diseases in little bodies. Plus there’s the fact that doing a physical exam on a kiddo takes a special kind of person because you have to really work at convincing a child to hold still. And I think that can be very challenging for a lot of people, especially if you haven’t been around children that much.
However, I definitely think its very doable to excel on your pediatric rotation! There are a ton of great resources out there for you to use, and I wanted to share some of my favorites.
I did do something new for this rotation, and that was creating a differential diagnosis chart! I still used my classic chart, but I found these Ddx Charts really helpful for actually seeing patients – which in all honesty is the real test in medicine. My preceptor wanted me to have five differential diagnoses for every patient I saw, so making this chart was seriously helpful. I also think it did a lot for my confidence level as I was seeing kiddos – especially since I was a little unsure going into this rotation.