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Critical Care Medicine Elective

We offer a 4-week pediatric critical care medicine elective to 4th year medical students.


  • Introduce students to the pathophysiology of critical illness in children and how an understanding of physiology influences management and treatment of critically ill children in the PICU
  • Learn and continue to improve critical thinking and communication skills that facilitate an organized approach to complex medical data
  • Introduce students to a multidisciplinary model of patient care in the PICU


  • Observe and participate in the system for transport, stabilization and tertiary care management of children with acute life-threatening emergencies
  • Examine patients and actively participate in the care of patients in the PICU
  • Observe and participate in invasive and non-invasive monitoring of patients in the PICU – including patients with severe central nervous system injury, hemodynamic instability, respiratory failure, and post operative management of patients after congenital heart surgery
  • Participate in the multidisciplinary approach to patient management by interacting professionally with members of various disciplines in the care of critically ill patients
  • Actively participate in educational activities in the PICU including preparing and presenting a short review of an ICU topic.

Typical daily schedule

  • Examine patients and gather patient data
  • Formulate patient assessment and plan
  • Formal morning rounds with ICU team
  • Noon conference / other educational conferences
  • Admit/transfer patients in the PICU
  • Follow-up on plan of care of patient from rounds
  • Sign out of patients to on-call team

Night Call/Special Requirements

You are required to spend at least one night call per week with a PICU senior resident, with one of the call days being a Saturday.

Nofziger, Ryan

Ryan Nofziger, MD, Elective Director

For more information, contact:

Joyce R. Burns
Medical Student Coordinator
Akron Children's
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-3369

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