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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.

Schachinger, Scott DO

Scott Schachinger, DO, Elective Director, Akron

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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