Laurel . Hoffmann,Oregon Health & Science University,Portland,OR,Dina Lieser,Nassau University Medical Center,East Meadow,NY,Ellen Stevenson,Oregon Health & Science University,Portland,OR,Carrie Phillipi,Oregon Health & Science University,Portland,OR
Early childhood (EC) is a time when social determinants of health significantly impact long-term developmental and educational potential, as well as physical and mental wellbeing. Currently, early childhood topics are not routinely covered in pediatric clerkship teaching.
Medical students identify ways to address topics in EC health through primary care cases.
Students gain skills that are vital to understanding EC experiences and their impacts on health and development across the life course.Discussion:
The interactive nature of these sessions allows students to build on their foundation of knowledge about EC development and prevention in medicine. The engagement with residents puts this knowledge into context, as residents highlight how they apply EC topics in pediatric clinical care. As students engage in education that focuses on the life course perspective and the connection between childhood experiences and adult health outcomes, they gain competency in caring for patients of all ages. The ‘Wake Up for Early Childhood!’ series meets the goals of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Medical association, as it applies biomedical understanding of human health—such as neuroscience and early brain development—to family-centered provision of care. As this series was developed through the AAP Council on Early Childhood, series guides will be available to share across the country.