Undergraduate Medical Education (UME)

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is the site for Third Year Core Pediatric Clerkships for Medical Students from our three Medical School Affilates: Florida International University College of Medicine (FIU), Nova Southeastern University (NSU), and St. George's University (SGU). During their Pediatric Clerkship, medical students rotate in the Emergency Department, on inpatient and outpatient services in both General Pediatric and Pediatric Subspecialty Services. The medical students' curriculum is designed with a blend of clinical experiences, didactic sessions, small group discussions, interactive, and self-directed learning. The curriculum is based on the Pediatric Curriculum designated by the Council on Medical Students in Pediatrics (COMSEP) and is meant to assist the parent institutions to meet the accreditation of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).


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Third-year core pediatric clerkships and fourth-year subspecialty electives

Only third year students from our affiliated medical schools are eligible to take their core pediatric clerkship at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. However, Nicklaus Children's Hospital offers 4th year electives in various subspecialties to 4th year medical students from LCME or AOA-Accredited Medical Schools in the US and Canada based on availability.

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Observerships, rotations, teen programs, and international clinical externships

Nicklaus Children's Hospital does not routinely offer observerships or rotations for national or international observers or shadowers. Students of international medical schools are not accepted for clinical externships. We only allow fourth year electives on our clinical services to those students who are registered and are in good standing at LCME or AOA accredited medical schools. Additionally, we do not have a teen program or program for any students less than 18 years of age.

Fourth-Year Medical Students

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is committed to its role as a teaching hospital providing medical school elective rotations for fourth year medical students throughout most of the departments. Students from LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) or AOA (American Osteopathic Association)-accredited medical schools are eligible for electives at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. LCME is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree and AOA is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the D.O. degree. LCME/AOA medical schools are licensed and accredited medical schools in North America and Puerto Rico. Medical students will be allowed to schedule their rotations 6 months in advance and up to 4 weeks prior to the beginning of a rotation. Approval is based on good academic standing and availability. Medical students enrolled in the FIU College of Medicine are given first priority for all rotations. Non-FIU students may participate in electives only if space is available. Only students who have completed all their third year clinical clerkships and are in good standing in their own medical schools will be accepted.

Students of international medical schools are not accepted for clinical externships.

Subspecialties Offered

Adolescent Medicine
Cardiac Intensive Care
Cardiovascular Surgery
Emergency Medicine
Genetics & Metabolism
Infectious Diseases
Neonatal Intensive Care
Outpatient General Pediatrics
Pediatric Critical Care
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Pediatric Surgery
Plastic Surgery
Pulmonary Medicine
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All requests must be made directly to the Department of Medical Education by submitting the required documentation via the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities/AAMC (VSLO). You will need to have a username and password, which is sent by VSLO once you are authorized by your school. Any requests made outside the VSLO system will not be considered.

After acceptance of your rotation, the Student Affairs Coordinator will contact you with information regarding your rotations. We do not provide lab coats or housing.

For more information or questions, please contact the Medical Education Department at (305) 669-5873 or at Medical.Education@nicklaushealth.org.

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Our FIU Affiliation

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On Monday, December 10, 2007, Florida International University College of Medicine (FIU) signed an affiliation agreement with Nicklaus Children's Hospital. The affiliation agreement between Nicklaus Children's Hospital and FIU adds an undergraduate dimension to the existing Nicklaus Children's Hospital educational programs. The FIU Department of Pediatrics is based at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, under the leadership of Dr. Jefry Biehler, Chairman of the FIU Department of Pediatrics.

The FIU College of Medicine was approved in 2006 by the Florida Board of Governors and the Florida Legislature. The inaugural class of medical students began their studies on August 3, 2009 following accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).