Fourth Year Medical

Welcome to CP4003: Reproduction, Pregnancy, Child Health & Development Module.

Module Coordinator: Dr Louise Gibson

Clinical Lecturer: Dr Anda Dumitrescu


The DEMIV/GEM III module is an 8 week placement, 4 weeks when the student is attached to Paediatrics and 4 weeks attached to Obstetrics & Gynaecology

CP4003 Module Objective: Development of relevant theoretical foundation, including embryology and physiology of reproduction, pregnancy, paediatrics and child health. Basic and developing theory and practice (including clinical skills) of obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics and child health, with an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the needs of children and pregnant women.

CP4003 Module Content: General embryology including development of body systems, identification of primordial embryonic structures, and recognition of major developmental defects and their underlying embryological causes. The physiology of reproduction and pregnancy. Basic and developing theory and practice of obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics and child health including recognition of the special needs of children.

For further information, please go to the Book of Modules

So what happens on my paediatric placement?

Students attend 3 areas for the paediatric part of CP4003. 2 weeks are spent in Cork University Hospital for general paediatrics, one week in Neonataology in Cork University Maternity Hospital and 1 week attached to a community consultant either in Cork University Hospital, Mercy University Hospital or South Tipperary General Hospital.

 Hospital Attachment

Two consecutive weeks are spent in the CUH Paediatric department.  There will be asmall group bedside tutorials, the opportunity to participate in a student-led Paediatric clinic FAST where children referred to the general Paediatric clinic will be seen by the students, under the supervision of a UCC tutor and here will be the opportunity to attend a Paediatric outpatient clinic and ward rounds.  Once in this two-week rotation each student will attend a community clinic (KidScope) to perform a routine health check on a preschool child.  Each student will also perform and observe Paediatric history taking.

Neonatal Attachment

There is a one-week attachment to the neonatal unit, which includes sessions in Neonatal Intensive Care NICU, Special Care Baby Unit SCBU, post-natal wards PNW, labour ward LW and outpatients OPD. There are several Neonatal tutorials and opportunities to observe and practice newborn physical examination.

Community Attachment

Your Community Paediatrics week is spent attached to a Community Paediatrician, observing their work in both hospital and community-based clinics. These clinics are usually based at multi-disciplinary clinics for children with disability.


Canvas is the online learning platform used by the university.  Canvas is constantly updated and any changes to you teaching schedule will be notified here first, so please make sure to check it regularly and turn your notifications on. It is highly recommended to study the relevant materials in Canvas for each attachment beforehand Students are strongly urged to check CANVAS for further information and notifications during their Paediatric Rotation

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Department of Paediatrics & Child Health

Péidiatraic agus Sláinte Leanaí

Floor 2, Paediatric Unit, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, T12 DC4A