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 accrediation of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

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. For further details on 4th year elective offerings, refer to the Fourth Year Medical Students page.

NOTE: Nicklaus Children's Hospital does not routinely offer observerships or rotations for national or international observers or shadowers. Additionally Medical Education does not have a teen program or program for any students less than 18 years of age.

Our FIU Affiliation

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).