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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 and St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman. 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


  • 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


  • 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.

Mahoning Valley Campus


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


  • 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.

Elective Directors

Scott Schachinger, DO
Neonatal Intensive Care
Akron Children's Hospital
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44305
Julia Schaffer, MD
Akron Children's at St. Elizabeth
St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital
8401 Market St.
Boardman, Ohio 44512

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