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Message From Clerkship Director

Dear M-3 Students,

Welcome to Pediatrics. We hope that you will enjoy your time with us, whether or not you find pediatrics to be your ultimate field of interest.

Pediatrics is the only specialty in which one may see, at one extreme, a 500 gram premature infant and, at the other, a 136 kg (300 lb) football player for a check-up. As in all of medicine, you need to know the pathophysiological basis of disease. However, in Pediatrics you also must understand the interaction between the disease and the child’s developmental milestones and psychosocial processes. There is always so much to learn!

Please don’t hesitate to pin all of us down with questions. Get involved and work hard. But most of all enjoy the kids. They are terrific.... and fun.

If there is anything we can do for you while you are here, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Ruth Sypes (573-882-8350) will be able to help you with urgent and non-urgent matters.



Amie VanMorlan, MD
Clerkship Director



Clerkship Programs

Welcome to the Child Health medical student education office. The Medical Student Coordinator is Ruth Sypes and her office is located at 400 N Keene St, which is located south of Women's and Children's Hospital. The M-3 Child Health clerkship is divided into four weeks of inpatient and four weeks of outpatient. The inpatient portion consists of 3 weeks of wards and one week of Well Baby Nursery (nursery located at Women's and Children's hospital). The outpatient portion is divided into two weeks with a primary care pediatrician and 2 weeks with a sub-specialist. The clerkship is only available to M-3 students enrolled in the University of Missouri Health System School of Medicine.

Ruth Sypes
Student Coordinator
(573) 882-8350


There are many M-4 four-week electives available to medical students. M-4s students at the University of Missouri Health System are required to take 32 weeks of electives (12 weeks of Advanced Selectives; 4 weeks of Advanced Biomedical Sciences electives; and 16 weeks of general electives. The M-4 students enrolled in the UMC School of Medicine will have first priority in choosing the electives.

Ruth Sypes
Student Coordinator
(573) 882-8350

Visiting Students

After the University of Missouri Health System School of Medicine M-4 students choose their electives, the electives will be available for visiting students – pending an approval process through the Office of Medical Education and then the Child Health Clerkship Director.

Visiting students applying to take an M-4 four-week elective in the Department of Child Health, please view the link below. Visiting student applications will be screened in April.

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