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Electives - Pediatrics

Newborn Nursery

Elective Number: 2425

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Ann Kellams

Coordinator: Marlo Meyer, mme4a@virginia.edu

Duration: 2 weeks

Available: Arranged- Based on Availability

Report to: Newborn Nurse Practitioner or Resident

Time to Report: 7:00 am

Place to Report: 8 Central - newborn observation and procedure room

Typical Day: 6:30 am - 4:00 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.

Preparatory Reading: Pediatrics Up to Date - normal newborn care, Peds in Review Article"Care of the Well Newborn" Warren 2012

Number of students per rotation: 1

Course Description: This is a great chance to obtain more experience and knowledge of newborns in a relaxed and supportive environment and to prepare for internship by assuming clinical duties in a hospital setting. The students will be assigned their own newborn patients and will be responsible for every aspect of their management including their initial history and physical, communicating with the families, reviewing their medical record, presenting them on rounds, and carrying out the daily and discharge plans under the supervision of the pediatric resident or nurse practitioner and the attending physician. The experience will also include observation of deliveries and newborn resuscitations, didactic teaching sessions and time for reading and researching a particular topic of interest. Students will be considered an active and essential part of the clinical team! There is no night call, sign-out is at 4 pm daily and weekend morning rounds are required on only one day. Contact Dr. Kellams with any questions.

Goals and objectives:

  • Participate in and practice caring for newborns in the hospital
  • understand the principles behind and master discharge teaching for newborns
  • understand the physiologic and pathologic changes that occur in newborns
  • become skilled at evidence-based breastfeeding promotion and support
  • become versed in the most common problems encountered in newborns and their management
  • research one topic relating to newborns and create a handout for the reference file
  • attend newborn morning report and pediatric grand rounds  

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