PED3-4070 Goals & Objectives

Pediatric Endocrinology


Elective Goals


  • To understand the normal progression of hormone mediated processess in children, in relationship to the health management of patients in a pediatrician's practice.
  • To recognize abnormalities in these processess, which would warrant a referral to an endocrinologist and to understand basic management of endocrine disorders.
Patient Care and Medical Knowledge
  • Describe normal pituitary function in infants, children and adolescents. Discuss the approaches used to diagnose and manage pituitary dysfunction including isolated growth hormone deficiency, hypopituitarism, and diabetes insipidus.
  • Review the patterns of normal growth velocity in infants, children and adolescents, and the factors that can impact growth, both endocrine and non-endocrine.
  • Review normal fetal sexual differentiation and the approach to diagnosis and management of ambiguous genitalia.
  • Compare the normal progression and timing of puberty, and disorders of pubertal development such as precocious puberty, delayed puberty and gonadal dysfunction. This includes the ability to differentiate between adrenarche and central puberty.
  • Discuss the diagnosis and management of adrenal disorders such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Cushing's syndrome and Addison's disease.
  • Describe the function of thyroid hormone, its effects on growthy, and the diagnosis and treatment of hypo and hyperthyroidism.
  • Identify the etiologies of type I and type II diabetes, their management, and the acute management of ketoacidosis. Also identify the psychosocial aspects of diabetes and the team approach employed to deal with them.
  • List the factors responsible for calcium metabolism and describe the treatment of hyper and hypocalcemia.
  • Describe the etiology and presentation of lipid disorders and their management.
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