Course Catalog


Courses       20 Clerkships

Hugh O'Brodovich, MD

Department web site:

Faculty of Pediatrics:

Courses offered by the Department of Pediatrics are listed under the subject code PEDS on Stanford Bulletin’s ExploreCourses web site.

The Department of Pediatrics does not offer degrees; however, it does offer a number of classes that are open to undergraduates, medical students, and other graduate students. The department also accepts graduate students as advisees for study and research. Undergraduate students may arrange individual research projects under the supervision of department faculty. With respect to its educational mission, Department of Pediatrics trainees also include interns, residents, clinical and research fellows, and postdoctoral fellows.

The goal of the department’s research activities is to improve the health of children. The focus is on innovation and the development of new strategies for the maintenance of health, preventing and curing diseases. The investigative interests of individual members of the department range across the scholarship spectrum, including basic, translational, and clinical science, epidemiology/statistics, informatics, education, health services and health policy. This bench–bedside-backyard approach will have profound impact on how health care professionals, health policy experts and society approach the health of children.


Preclinical instruction includes early clinical experiences for those students who seek an opportunity to correlate preclinical coursework with clinical problems. Numerous elective courses covering such topics as pregnancy, birth, and infancy; child health disparities; social and environmental determinants of health; and childhood chronic illness are offered, as well as a lecture series on subjects ranging from normal development to topics in different pediatric subspecialties, current issues in the field, and opportunities for students considering this specialty.

Clinical instruction consists of a core Pediatrics clerkship and numerous specialty elective clerkships. The eight-week core involves clinical experiences at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and Kaiser Santa Clara. Elective clerkships include Medical Genetics, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Pediatric Hematology-oncology, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Infectious Diseases, Intensive Care, and Adolescent Medicine.

Directed reading and research opportunities are available under the direction of individual faculty members. In addition, a limited number of predoctoral research fellowships are available in the departmental laboratories.


Residency programs include the Categorical Residency Program in Pediatrics and a combined program in Pediatrics and Anesthesiology. The Categorical Residency Program provides broad-based exposure to general pediatrics, critical care, and subspecialty pediatrics. The Combined Residency in Pediatrics and Anesthesiology is a five-year program that prepares trainees for board certification in both specialties. Additional information about both residency programs can be found at


Opportunities for postdoctoral training in pediatrics are available. For information, refer to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs home page at or the departmental home page.


Footer Links: