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Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME)

Our Program

Pediatric Undergraduate Medicine

The Pediatric Undergraduate Medical Education Program strives to provide a supportive learning environment that enables medical students to appreciate and understand the unique features of infant, child and adolescent medicine. By teaching the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes appropriate for pediatric medicine, students will have a solid foundation for providing competent child care both inside and outside of Pediatrics.

Pre-Clerkship Years

In Pre-Clerkship (Year 1 and 2), pediatrics is integrated into various teaching blocks, including the body system themes.  The goals and objectives of Pre-Clerkship are met through lectures, interactive tutorials, small group problem-based learning sessions, independent learning, bedside teaching, and clinical sessions with both actual and “standardized” patients.  This preclinical education provides a framework for the intensive six-week pediatric rotation in the Clerkship years.

Clerkship Years

The six-week Clerkship rotation (Year 3) involves both ambulatory (outpatient clinic) and ward (inpatient) experiences.  The ambulatory two-week block places students with pediatric preceptors in community or hospital-based general pediatric clinics, , neonatology, pediatric emergency rooms, and pediatric fast track areas (minor treat area in the pediatric emergency room).  Medical students will have an additional 1-week block rotating through a pediatric subspecialty of their choice. This provides both inpatient and outpatient experience, depending on the subspecialty. The three-week ward component allows students to work as a team member of a pediatric general medical service based at the HSC-Children’s site. Students will work for 2 weeks on the inpatient service during the day (without overnight call) and will spend 1 week doing night float. Students work under close supervision of pediatric physician preceptors as well as pediatric residents in the University of Manitoba Pediatric Postgraduate Training Program.  On the inpatient rotation, students will work on one of three teams: Oak – predominantly primary subspecialty patients and patients without a community pediatrician; Elm – patients with complex medical needs with a community pediatrician; and PINE (Pediatric Inner-city and Northern Experience), the team that focuses on pediatric patients who live in the Winnipeg Core or Northern areas of Manitoba. All teams care for children with common and complex medical needs providing a broad-based introduction to pediatric hospital medicine. The Pediatric Clerkship is supported by a comprehensive pediatric academic half day, pediatric noon hour tutorials, scheduled observed history and physical examinations with pediatric patients, and additional educationally-focused rounds and teaching opportunities.

Transition to Residency

In Transition to Residency (Year 4), students have the opportunity to return to pediatric ambulatory clinics and work in a general or subspecialty area for two weeks. Pediatric electives are also available to interested students by applying through the Rady College of Medicine Electives Coordinator.

Pediatric Electives

Additional time in Pediatrics will be available during the elective periods. Three-week rotations in various Pediatric specialties, general pediatrics and in rural communities will be available to interested students.  Contact the Rady College of Medicine Electives Coordinator or the UGME.

Program Staff

Program Director
Maury Pinsk, MD, FRCPC (interim)
Samantha Marin, MD, FRCPC (on leave)

Pediatric Lead – Consolidation
Shamina Kassum, MD, FRCPC

Associate Director
Jennifer Lee Wiebe, MD, FRCPC

Education Coordinator
CJ Stewart

Pre-Clerkship Coordinator
Maria-Elena Lautatzis, MD, FRCPC

Program Coordinator
Jennifer Daniels

Program Assistant
Linda Nicholson

Contact Information

Office Location and Hours

Room CK273 – 2nd Floor, Children’s Hospital (Blue Dr. Goodbear Zone, temporary location)
The Program Coordinator and Program Assistant are in the office Monday to Friday, 0800-1600.

Pediatric Undergraduate Medical Education Program
CK273 – 840 Sherbook St. (Children’s Hospital)
Health Sciences Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3A 1S1

Phone: (204) 787-1730
Fax: (204) 787-2027
Email: [email protected]

Pediatric UGME Program

Absences, Call, Call Rooms and Keys

 Pediatric on call is done only during a 1-week night float  rotation, where students are placed on call for 3 nights during their 6-week block. Every effort is made not to have student on call Monday night or Wednesday night, to prevent them from missing mandatory educational experiences post call (tutorials and academic half days). Students who have been granted a call accommodation to work until 10 PM may be scheduled on Monday or Wednesday, as they will not be expected to be taking a post call day. Students are not permitted to leave the hospital while on call, unless under extenuating circumstances and not without receiving permission from the Screening Resident on call. When on call, clerks are expected to respond promptly to pages and to seek assistance from their backup persons as soon as is necessary. Call nights may be changed among Clerks on the same service provided that the Chief Pediatric Resident has approved the change in consultation with the Pediatric UGME office. Clerks must inform the Senior Resident and paging operator of the change. Clerks are not allowed to reduce their call frequency unless there is an approved call accommodation request from Student Support Services.

Please refer to the policy on post call transportation found here. Students who have scheduled call until 10 PM should have access to the SafeWalk and SafeRide programs through the University of Manitoba.

Call schedules are available on the first day of the rotation, posted to OPAL, and are available in the Pediatric UGME office.  If you have discussed a change in the call schedule with your resident, please notify the UGME office so that an updated schedule is posted to OPAL.

Students on call have access to a resident who supervise their work.  As a minimum, there is a senior in house (Screening Resident) who can act as a resource, if there are no other residents on the call schedule.

Call rooms are located on the CK2 level. You require your ID card access to enter the area after hours. Three call rooms are available with keyed access, and keys are available to be signed out from the Pediatric UGME Office. Keys may be picked up for same day evening use after noon the day of call.  Keys may be deposited in the locked box outside of CK273 Pediatric UGME when you are done call in the morning. Keys for weekend call (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) can be picked up after noon on Friday and deposited in the locked box outside of UGME in the morning when you are done post call. Note the Pediatric UGME Office is not open on weekends or STAT holidays. Students who are covering call on a STAT day should make arrangements to receive a key from another student doing call on the weekend. There is a $50 charge for losing a call room key.

Means of Contact – Pagers and Paging

Student pagers must be turned on at all times while on the 6-week Pediatric rotation.

Up-to-date University of Manitoba email addresses must be provided.

Communication with students regarding changes/additions to the clinic schedule will be via email or will be updated on Entrada. Students should check their email and their Entrada schedules on a regular basis.

Pagers are available from the locating office in the hospital and should be picked up a few weeks prior to the start of your clerkship.

To page someone through locating, dial 72071 from within the hospital (204-787-2071 from outside the hospital) and either request the individual by name, specific role (e.g.: Senior resident on ELM) or the specific pager number.

Time Off  (Year 3 Clinical Clerkship)

Time off for approved reasons must be arranged well in advance (minimum of 6 weeks) and will be at the discretion of the Director of Pediatric Undergraduate Medical Education. These requests must be submitted through Entrada,  in compliance with the rules of the Faculty of Medicine. 

Attendance  (Year 3 Clinical Clerkship)

Attendance at all clinical and educational sessions is required and is monitored throughout the rotation. While on the ward rotation, clerks who will be away due to illness are asked to call the screening resident on-call on Pager 0900 prior to 7:15 a.m. and leave a message on the Undergraduate Office voice mail (204-787-1730). While on the ambulatory rotation, clerks should contact the clinic(s) they are scheduled in as well as the Undergraduate Office.

Students who are unable to attend assigned clinical duties due to illness must follow the University policies on sick days found here.

Note unanticipated absences may require the individual to complete additional time on rotation to meet the requirements of training in the Curriculum. Students who miss more than 25% of the rotation through a combination of approved and unscheduled absences will receive an incomplete and be required to repeat the rotation.

Rotation Switches

Requests for changes in the order of Clerkship rotations must be submitted in writing, at least six weeks in advance to the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education. If the reasons are acceptable and the proposal is feasible, the submission will be forwarded to the Director of Pediatric Undergraduate Medical Education for final approval. The Pediatric rotation may not be split, except in exceptional circumstances approved by the Associate Dean, the Clerkship Coordinators, and the Director of Pediatric Undergraduate Medical Education.

Faculty Resources

Teaching Clinical Skills


Assessment in Medical Education (Epstein)

COMSEP Faculty Development Resources – Resources for teaching on the go, clinical skills teaching and one minute preceptor tools.  Also resources on providing feedback, and direct observation.

Emergency Medicine Teaching Modules

Seven Practices for Effective Learning (McTighe and O’Connor)

University of Manitoba UGME policies on assessment

Working with Learners in Difficulty

Diagnosing a Learner in Difficulty

Clinical Resources

Canadian Pediatric Society



Health Sciences Libraries

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