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Medical Student Education
Electives: Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Clerkship (REHAB 683P)

REHAB 683P - Rehabilitation Medicine Clerkship – Pediatric, Boise, ID (8) credits

Offered: SpS; 4 weeks full-time based on clinical block schedule
Prerequisites: 3rd year medical student standing
Location: Boise, ID
Clerkship Site: St. Luke's Hospital and Children's Specialty Clinic
Faculty Contact: Dr. Ib Odderson,
Administrative Contact: Teresa Jewell, 206.616.6345;


This is a four-week rehabilitation clerkship and is intended for those interested in exploring a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or Pediatrics.  This course incorporates material of REHAB 685 and expands into disabling pediatric disease. Discussion of school planning, family counseling, and community support services included. This four-week package permits inpatient, outpatient, and consultation experience.

Course Expectations:

The overall expectation for the clerkship is that you will develop and extend your foundation of attitudes, knowledge and skills that you will use in dealing with patients with chronic illnesses and patients who are facing death, regardless of the specialty you enter. The clerkship goals are:
Goal 1: The student will be able to sensitively and effectively communicate with parents their children’s functional capabilities.
Goal 2: The student will be able to appropriately interact with pt, ot and speech therapists.
Goal 3: The student will be able to identify and perform appropriate clinical and functional assessments of pediatric rehabilitation patients including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury etc.
Goal 4: The student will be able to identify how systems of care affect the delivery of care for pediatric rehabilitation patients.
Goal 5: The student will be able to apply basic concepts in designing a rehabilitation plan for a pediatric rehabilitation patient.
Goal 6: The student will be able to elicit and understand the patient and family’s perspective on the management of pediatric rehabilitation medical issues.


At the conclusion of this clerkship, students should be able to:

  • Identify resources for and the best clinical practices of children requiring PT, OT, and Speech rehabilitation services.
  • Understand and appreciate the roles of team members ie PT, OT, and SPEECH in providing care for children with pediatric rehabilitation needs.
  • Develop a functionally oriented problem list and a set of patient centered goals for a child’s rehabilitation.
  • Provide care aimed at the functional improvement of quality of life for a pediatric rehabilitation patient.
  • Identify community resources available to assist patients and families for providing rehabilitation care for children.
  • Identify issues related to the delivery of health services that either hinder or support care of patients who have pediatric rehabilitation needs.


Honors, High Pass, Pass, and Fail. Based on recommendation of preceptor.

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