School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

Course Options and Descriptions


Course Director

Amy Prudhomme, DO
Assistant Professor
(504) 896-3924

Assistant Clerkship Director

Jessica Patrick-Esteve, MD
Assistant Professor
(504) 896-9418

4th Year Assistant Clerkship Director

Shannon Palombo, MD
Assistant Professor
(504) 896-3924

Course Coordinator

Sheri Russell

The Department of Pediatrics offers required rotations to Junior and Senior medical students attending Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Senior Elective rotations are offered to LSUHSC-NO students, visiting students from other US Medical Schools, International Medical Students and exchange students who meet the admission requirements of our University Office of Student Affairs.

Junior Clerkship

Pediatrics 300. (Third Year) Clinical Pediatrics. 304 hours. A clinical clerkship of eight weeks is served at Children's Hospital of New Orleans.  A few students also have the option of completing the clerkship on the pediatric services of Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge or University Medical Center, Lafayette.  All students spend time in the following patient care settings:

Ambulatory - Students rotate through pediatric subspecialty clinics.

Nursery - Students rotate through a well baby nursery and/or a neonatal intensive care unit.

Wards - Students rotate through inpatient hospital services.

Objectives of the 3rd Year Pediatric Clerkship

Senior Clerkship

Seniors may choose to take their required Acting Internship and/or Ambulatory Care rotations in Pediatrics during the academic year.

Pediatrics 415 and 420. (Fourth Year) Clinical Pediatrics. 152 hours. The Senior programs in ambulatory pediatrics are designed to provide opportunities for each student to augment or reinforce knowledge and skills learned in the pediatric core curriculum, as they apply to child health problems encountered in an outpatient setting. Students may opt to rotate in the Pediatric Emergency Room, General Pediatrics Clinics or the office of a private pediatrician who is a member of our gratis clinical faculty. 

Pediatrics 419. (Fourth Year Pediatric Acting Internship) Clinical Pediatrics. 152 hours. The student functions as an intern in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of acutely and chronically ill hospitalized children.

For more information, see the catalog, page 203.

Visiting Students

Visiting Students may apply to the Office of Student Affairs at any time for a rotation through LSUHSC Pediatrics but are encouraged to do so early. There is a $30 application fee that will be waived for LSU students. During the months of July through October, LSUHSC - New Orleans medical students will be offered Acting Internships first. If any spots are left, visiting students may apply for an Acting Internship during those months. A student may elect to take a subspecialty elective and switch to an Acting Internship should space becomes available. Please contact Lanette Carroll at 504-896-2066 or by email for further information.

Only international students from AAMC accredited medical schools are accepted. Interested students should contact Ms. Melanie Brown at 504-568-4874 in the Office of Student Affairs for all information regarding visa, health insurance, malpractice insurance and other university requirements.

University requirements: The following courses, at University Hospital, are limited to LSU students:

PEDI 418 - Acting Internship - Wards or ICU's

PEDI 420 - Electives in various subspecialty clinics or Emergency Department or a combination of both clinic and ED


Frequently Asked Questions

Where do visiting students live in New Orleans during this rotation?

Please contact to inquire about housing.

Visiting Affiliate's Housing Eligibility: 
Visiting affiliates (i.e. post-doc fellows and visiting students), with a letter from their department confirming their appointment – provided the affiliate is here for training or educational purposes ‘only’ – will be allowed on-campus housing if it is available.
Applications for on-campus housing can be submitted by accessing
Be advised that submission of a housing applications ‘does not’ guarantee on-campus housing. Housing applications are received in chronological order and on-campus housing is extremely limited.  
Regarding payment; it is important that visiting students know whether their sponsoring department pays for their on-campus housing or whether they are self-pay. Self-pay applicants should e-mail for the self-pay protocol.  
It is imperative that affiliates have an LSUHSC-NO identification card before moving into Student Housing. Access to the residence halls and the rooms within cannot be accessed without an LSUHSC-NO ID card. Student Housing does not issue LSUHSC-NO ID cards. 
Only the registrar's office or the department responsible for visiting affiliates can facilitate the process for receiving an LSUHSC-NO ID card. Contact Sheri Russell, to arrange for an ID card.
Once a housing application has been received into the Student Housing database, the Student Housing Coordinator will contact the applicant via e-mail or telephone within a few days with pertinent housing information.
The Student Housing administrative office is closed every weekend and all university holidays. 


Where can I park?

Downtown: Parking is available in student parking lots. All students can apply for parking privileges in these lots at the parking office, located on the 1st floor of the Nursing/Allied Health Building, 1900 Gravier Street. The cost is $20/month.

Fellow/Resident and Medical/PA Student Parking at Children's Hospital New Orleans

Parking has designated policies that must be followed by all who come to the Main Campus at Children's Hospital.  For Fellows/Residents and Medical/PA Students, the policies are:

  • When traveling to and from Children's Hospital, you may not travel by motor vehicle on Calhoun Street between Magazine and Tchoupitoulas.   And all drivers should observe the designated speed limit on the main campus which is 15mph.
  • Parking is PROHIBITED in the surrounding neighborhood and Audubon Park and you are subjected to being towed at your expense.
  • If you are assigned to an off-site campus, please follow the parking guideline for the respective areas, which include reserved spots for patients and visitors. 

    Medical & Physician Assistant Student Main Campus Parking:
  • You MUST register your car and receive a parking decal.  Failure to do so will result in parking citation(s).
  • Register your vehicle:
  • Day shift students will park in Levee Lot 1 or Levee Lot 2 (see attached parking map). 
  • Any student working the night shift, weekends or holidays, may park anywhere on the main campus except in the main front lot or reserved spots;  vehicles must be moved by 7:30am of any weekday.


Is there public transportation?

Public transportation is available if you live in the LSU dorm and take an elective at Children's Hospital.  Note: A good way to see lovely old New Orleans homes is to take a ride on the St. Charles Streetcar line.

What must I do when I get to New Orleans?

  1. Obtain photo ID* at the Registrar's Office (433 Bolivar Street, 1st floor). You will need to present a memo
  2. Pay for housing* at the Business Office (433 Bolivar Street, 1st floor).
  3. Report as directed in Part III of the application.

* approved Visiting Students' application form required

Additional Information

John Ische Medical Library is located on floors 3-5 of the Resource Center. The public is allowed to use all materials in the library, but an LSUHSC identification card must be presented to check out any materials. In addition, visiting students should present their approved Visiting Students' application form.

Internet access is available on public computers in the library. Visiting students should use their personal email account as LSU accounts take 2-3 weeks for approval.