A senior elective in Pediatrics is helpful if you are considering a career in:

  • Pediatrics
  • Family Practice
  • Combined Pediatrics-internal medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Child psychiatry
  • Pediatric neurology
  • Academic pediatrics
  • A surgical specialty in which children are part of the patient population

The Department of Pediatrics offers electives during the senior year which cover all aspects of Pediatrics. One month electives on the Indianapolis campus are available at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, IU Health Methodist Hospital and Eskenazi Hospital. During the elective rotation, you will have the opportunity to attend resident morning report, noon conferences, and Grand Rounds.

We recommend at least one month on inpatient services in which the senior student functions as an intern. This allows students to expand their basic pediatric knowledge, gain experience in the diagnosis and management of children with serious illnesses, and become more comfortable with technical procedures. It also helps with the development of organizational skills necessary for a successful residency.

We also advise students to spend at least one month in a busy newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Eskenazi Hospital, and IU Health Methodist Hospital all have NICUs and are on the downtown Indianapolis Medical Center campus.

IUSM also offers research opportunities in basic science, translational research, and health services research. Our Pediatric education faculty will be glad to assist you in finding research opportunities.

Students interested in pursuing a career path in pediatrics are encouraged to become involved with our Pediatric Student Interest Group (PSIG).  For more information regarding Pediatric Electives or PSIG, please contact our education office at 317-944-3807 or

Elective Enrollment

For more on electives at IUSM and elective enrollment, see: The Office of Medical Student Affairs.