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Required rotation

Each doctor of osteopathic medicine student, during his or her third year, is required to complete a pediatric clerkship. This four-week long rotation is intended to be a structured experience under direct supervision. It is a time to build a foundation in clinical pediatric problem-solving and decision-making; a time to build clinical experience and acumen on a foundation of didactic information.

Assignments and exams

Students on the pediatric clerkship are required to complete the 32 online cases called CLIPP. These cases are web-based, interactive, pediatric specific modules that, when used alongside the required reading and the skills learned in the field, can prove to be an invaluable tool in the pediatric rotation experience. Information regarding the CLIPP Cases can be found on the medical education website

Along with the CLIPP cases, students are also required to complete a post-rotation exam. This exam should be taken during the last week, or the week following, the rotation. Students must pass this exam, which is based on the CLIPP Case information, in order to successfully pass their rotation.

Des Moines rotation sites

Department chair Mike Metts has worked tirelessly to develop a strong Des Moines-based group of hospitals and physicians that take students during their third year pediatric clerkship. Dr. Metts’ ideal pediatric rotation includes 2 weeks of outpatient experience and two weeks of clinic experience. Though it is not always possible to schedule each rotation this way, we work as hard as we can to provide students who rotate in the Des Moines area with the best experience possible. Below is a list of these Des Moines hospitals, physicians and clinics:

  • Broadlawns Medical Center
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Blank Children’s Hospital
  • Mercy Johnston Pediatric Clinic
  • Dr. Rana Al-Durrah
  • Delaware Family Practice
  • Dr. Lisa Carlson
  • Mercy West Pediatric Clinic
  • Mercy North Pediatric Clinic
  • Dr. Sara Schutte-Schenck
  • Dr. James Coggi
  • Mercy Central Pediatric Clinic
  • Dr. Nadar Ajluni
  • Dr. David Craven
  • Dr. Bill Howard
  • Dr. Ling Zhou
  • Dr. Hanaa Abou-Ouf
  • Dr. Eric Andersen
  • Dr. Sara Cooper
  • Dr. William Fornoff
  • Dr. Joshua Kindt
  • Dr. Stacey Milani
  • Dr. Kevin Peterson
  • Dr. Adam Secory
  • Dr. Kathleen Sullivan
  • Dr. Tara Andersen
  • Dr. Reena Reddy
  • Dr. Aaron McClure
  • Dr. Bala Napa
  • Dr. Jessica Reed
  • Dr. Judith Heggan
  • Dr. Tom McAuliff

Other rotation sites

For those students who would like to complete their pediatric clerkship somewhere other than the Des Moines area, there are many places throughout the country that provide them this opportunity. Below is a list of available sites (not comprehensive).


  • Paradise Pediatrics, Phoenix


  • Arapahoe Park Pediatrics, Littleton
  • Loveland Pediatrics, Loveland


  • Stages Pediatric Case, Orange City


  • Yost & Yost Pediatrics, Pocatello
  • Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Idaho Falls
  • Idaho Falls Pediatrics, Idaho Falls


  • River Point Pediatric Center, Chicago
  • West Suburban Pediatric Associates, Westchester


  • Allen Hospital, Waterloo
  • Covenant Clinic, Waterloo
  • Des Moines Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic
  • Genesis Medical Center, Davenport
  • Medical Associates Clinic – West Campus, Dubuque
  • Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa, Mason City
  • Ottumwa Pediatrics, Ottumwa
  • Ottumwa Regional Health Center, Ottumwa
  • Prairie Pediatrics & Adolescent Clinic, PC, Sioux City
  • The Pediatric & Young Adult Clinic, Oskaloosa
  • Trinity at Terrace Park, Bettendorf
  • Trinity Regional Hospital, Fort Dodge


  • Bay City Regional Medical Center, Bay City
  • Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills
  • Center for Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Troy
  • DMC Sinai Grace Hospital, Detroit
  • Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Clinton Township
  • Mount Clemons Regional Medical Center, Mount Clemens
  • St. John Macomb Hospital, Warren


  • Affiliated Community Medical Centers, Willmar
  • Mankato Clinic, Mankato
  • Office of Lowell Becker, M.D., Cambridge
  • Park Nicollett Clinic, Plymouth
  • St. Paul Children’s Center, St. Paul


  • Des Peres Hospital, St. Louis


  • Bear Paw Pediatrics, White Fish


  • Boys Town Pediatrics, Omaha
  • Norfolk Medical Group, Norfolk
  • Pediatric Partners, Fremont

New Mexico

  • Lovelace Sandia, Rio Rancho

New York

  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Glen Oaks
  • State University of New York, Upstate Medical Univ., Syracuse

North Dakota

  • Mid Dakota Clinic Kirkwood Mall, Bismark


  • Affinity Medical Center-Doctors Campus, Massillon
  • Doctors Hospital-Columbus Core Office, Columbus
  • Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky
  • Grandview Hospital & Medical Center, Dayton
  • O’Bleness Memorial Hospital, Athens
  • South Pointe Hospital, Warrensville Heights
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth
  • St. John West Short Hospital, Westlake
  • St. Joseph Health Center, Warren
  • St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo
  • Summa Western Reserve Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls


  • Physicians Medical Center PC, McMinnville


  • West Texas Pediatrics, Lubbock


  • Fremont County Pediatric Clinic, Lander
  • Wyoming Medical Center, Casper