Fourth-Year Electives

Program Description

We offer elective rotations to students who have completed an introductory clerkship in pediatrics (at least 3 weeks of inpatient & 3 weeks of outpatient experience). We do not, however, accept students more than 6 months in advance of their clerkship.

There are rotations in pediatric subspecialties. Our programs are for 4 weeks only. All subspecialty electives (with the exceptions of Emergency Medicine and the Ward electives) are of a consultative type. Upon your acceptance in our program you will find the work essentially the same as that is offered to our senior students. You are expected to take histories, do physical examinations, follow patients both on the wards and in the clinics, attend lectures and seminars held here; you are a junior member of the patient care team.

These are elective rotations and carry no stipends, lodgings, meals, or pagers. According to the rules of the University of Southern California with whom we are affiliated, we are unable to make any final commitment more than 60 days in advance of an elective. Although we may offer a position up to 6 months in advance, the final confirmation will be mailed to you 60 days prior to your arrival. We offer either 8 weeks of electives or 2 rotations.

CHLA accepts students from all LCME and COCA schools. We also provide clinical rotation opportunities for a limited number of visiting international students from our affiliated institutions, LCME accredited Canadian Institutions, and select GHLO participating institutions. Please visit the Keck School of Medicine of USC Visiting Student web page for information on accepted schools.

To Apply

All Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) Students with access to the AAMC’s Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) are now required to submit applications for visiting clerkships at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine of USC through VSAS. Electives as CHLA are listed under “Keck SOM of U So California” – be sure to look for CHLA site-specific electives.

In addition to the required documentation in VSAS, please complete the supplemental CHLA Fourth Year Elective Application. The Completed Application and Documentation of Immunizations must be uploaded into the VSAS Supplemental Documents section. Please do not send through email. Please visit the Keck School of Medicine’s page on Visiting Student Clerkships for more information on the application process.

For U.S. Students without access to VSAS, please contact Derek Halet for information on applying to CHLA electives.

For Canadian students at LCME accredited schools, and foreign students wishing to do an elective at CHLA, please visit the International Applicants page on the Keck SOM website for information.