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Pediatric Critical Care

Elective Number: (Oasis E62r) 2424

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Melissa Sacco

Designated Signer: Kathy Collier, Barringer Room 5411; 924-5879; kc7p@virginia.edu

Duration: 4 weeks

Available: All Rotations

Report to: Pediatric ICU Attending, fellow or resident

Time to Report: 6:45 am

Place to Report: PICU, 7 West

Typical day: 6:45 am - 5:30 or 6:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Suggested preparatory reading: Textbook of Pediatric Critical Care

Number of students per rotation:

Course Description: The student will work side by side with the residents in the PICU. This is effectively an acting internship, and, as such, s/he will be exposed to the fundamentals of pediatric critical care. The morning lecture course includes topics such as airway management, cardiopulmonary dynamics and shock, fluid and electrolyte therapy, critical care nutrition, ethics, respiratory failure, traumatic brain injury, and acute renal failure. These lectures will be buttressed by teaching on rounds, consultation with subspecialty physicians, and exposure to patient care. There is ample time for self-education and the opportunity to contribute on rounds, through presentations, and informally in the course of patient care. There will be night call and 1-2 "long calls" plus 2 weekend days for call, but no weekend rounds.


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