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Neonatal Intensive Care Elective

We offer a 4-week pediatric subspecialty elective in neonatal intensive care at our NICUs at Akron Children's Hospital, St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman and Aulman Hospital in North Canton. You must be a 4th year medical student to apply.

This elective is reserved exclusively for students who have chosen pediatrics as their career.

Akron Campus

Objectives 

  • Gain exposure to the spectrum of diagnoses and pathophysiology encountered in critically ill neonates
  • Gain an understanding of treatment options and approaches to their disease states
  • Develop critical thinking and the ability to communicate by a systems approach to the team in order to implement a cohesive treatment plan
  • Become part of a multidisciplinary, family-centered team in order to improve the patient’s condition

Description 

  • Observe and participate in the NICU microsystem during admissions, stabilization and treatment of neonates
  • Carry a workload consistent with your training level including examinations, development of a treatment plan, and reporting on the patient’s condition in rounds
  • Interact with all members of the team – attendings, residents, neonatal nurse practitioners, RNs, consultants and other ancillary personnel
  • Attend Noon Conferences with the residents
  • Sign out your patients to the on-call team
  • Night call/special requirements: Not required but may be available depending on call-room availability. One day every weekend is free from rounding responsibilities.
Schaffer, Julia MD

Julia Schaffer, MD, Elective Director, Boardman

Mahoning Valley Campus

Objectives 

  • Gain experience in delivery room management of newborns
  • Gain experience in routine neonatal problems and participate in the management of high risk, full term and preterm neonates

Description 

  • Participate in daily inpatient NICU rounds
  • Assume regular schedule under direct supervision of attending neonatologist
  • Be “first contact” on assigned patients, following introduction phase
  • Participate in Journal Club discussion
  • Attend pediatric grand rounds and perinatal conference
  • Typical schedule: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Vazquez, Roger

Roger Vasquez, MD, Elective Director, Aultman

Aultman Campus

Objectives

  • Recognize the spectrum of diagnoses and pathophysiology encountered in critically ill neonates.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms which distinguish the sick from the well newborn.
  • Obtain an accurate perinatal history and perform a complete physical exam on a newborn.
  • Correlate basic science knowledge with clinical disease in neonatal period.
  • Anticipate, recognize, and treat a newborn who needs resuscitation.
  • Describe treatment options and approaches to their disease states.
  • Develop critical thinking and the ability to communicate by a systems approach to the team in order to implement a cohesive treatment plan.
  • Function as part of a multidisciplinary, family-centered team in order to improve the patient's condition.

Description

  • Students will be part of the Neonatal Intensive Care Team including carrying their own small patient load.
  • The student will be responsible for rounding on these patients with the NICU team as well as participate in the plan of care for all patients.
  • Procedures will be performed on an as needed basis.
  • Attend deliveries, see patients in Well Baby Nursery and NICU with the NICU nurses, nurse practitioners, or neonatologist, and assist in infant resuscitation procedures, as experience permits.
  • Participate in prenatal consultation and post-discharge clinics: Apnea, NICU developmental follow-up.
  • Student will be responsible for a 20-30 minute presentation at the end of the rotation on a neonatal subject of his or her choosing – subject to approval by the attending.

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