Dec 11, 2018  
Catalog 2017-2018 
Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ELECT EPEDB - Pediatric Gastroenterology

ELECTIVE DIRECTOR(S): Adrian Chapa-Rodriguez, M.D. PHONE: 318.675.4942
DURATION OF ELECTIVE: 4 Weeks or 2 weeks
LOCATION OF ELECTIVE: LSU Health Sciences Center
ELECTIVE OFFERED DURING BLOCKS: all CONTACT: Cathy Eddington, 675-4942/ 318.349.4865
COURSE CODE: EPEDB ( 4 week code) EPEDB2 (2 week code)

1 credit


  1. Focusing histories, physicals, and oral and written communication appropriately.
  2. Sharing information effectively with a patient and family.
  3. Prioritizing and organizing work effectively.
  4. Continuing to think about and re-assess the patient during the course of their disease.
  5. Functioning as a “team player” with residents, attendings, nurses, ancillary staff and all others involved in the care of the patient.


Patient Care

  • Independently collect focused and comprehensive, developmentally appropriate patient histories and physical examinations
  • Develop a prioritized and inclusive problem list
  • Summarize interval patient information and rationale for ongoing clinical management
  • Suggest appropriate diagnostic tests for the patient’s chief complaint and other medical problems

Medical Knowledge

  • Identify criteria for admission and discharge from the hospital
  • Describe the signs and symptoms that suggest deterioration or improvement of a patient’s clinical condition
  • List drugs of choice and rationale for their use in common pediatric illnesses
  • Identify contraindications to therapeutic drug use in children of different ages and/or diagnoses
  • Calculate fluid and electrolyte requirements for children based on weight, caloric expenditure, diagnosis, and fluid status

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Communicate effectively with patients and families across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds
  • Provide education and patient instructions to patients and families, using written or visual methods, taking into account their health literacy level
  • Write organized, appropriately focused, and accurate patient notes


  • Demonstrate personal accountability, integrity, compassion, respect, altruism, and empathy when interacting with all members of the health care team, patients and their families, in order to provide the best patient care
  • Demonstrate punctuality and ability to complete patient care tasks efficiently

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  • Demonstrate self-directed learning in daily practice
    • Identify strengths, deficiencies, and limits in one’s knowledge and clinical skills through self evaluation
    • Develop a plan for improvement, perform appropriate learning activities, solicit and incorporate feedback
  • Demonstrate evidence-based clinical practice
    • Access appropriate resources to answer clinical questions
    • Critically appraise relevant literature and incorporate it into patient care

Systems-Based Practice

  • Demonstrate the appropriate utilization of consultants, including social workers, nutritionist, physical therapists, etc.









Students  will  interview  and  see  all  patients  with  gastrointestinal  or  liver  disease  on  the  wards and in the nursery. They will attend GI subspecialty clinic, meetings and all conferences relating to Gastrointestinal Diseases. Students will spend time reading and discussing what was read with the course director.




To be assigned. There are several pediatric GI texts kept in the division office.




































CONF      6-10      HRS                              WARD 3-5 HRS                                          LAB                       HRS             LIBRARY  5                        HRS OR     HRS                     CLINIC 10-15                            HRS            LECTURE 5        HRS     READING     _ _ _HRS

TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS PER WEEK:     30 - 40