Proficiency in critical care is one of the distinguishing features of the field of Pediatrics. We provide a graduated experience each year in neonatal ICUs, anesthesia/procedures, pediatric ICUs, and emergency department rotations.
Skills in stabilization of critically ill children across the ages is key to general and specialty practice.
The residents develop the skills needed to practice critical care as a competent pediatrician, with the ability to diagnose, stabilize, and initiate treatment of children with critical illness. During their two Pediatric Intensive Care Unit rotations, residents gain the skills and knowledge needed to recognize and confidently manage any pediatric emergency. Clinical experience with critical diseases of childhood and traumatic illness are broadened through bedside rounds and didactic presentations.
Residents have one block rotation in the NICU each year, and receive additional delivery room experience and training in the PGY-2 night float rotation. Residents rotate through the main referral NICU at Riley and one of the other NICUs at Methodist or Wishard which provides a broad range of level II and III NICU experiences, including deliveries.
In these settings, residents become confident in their abilities to provide resuscitation, stabilization, transport and treatment of seriously ill newborns. The large volume of patients provides exposure to all types of newborn disease, including complex cardiac and surgical conditions. In modern facilities, neonatologists, with the other pediatric subspecialists, deliver care and teach residents state-of-the-art critical newborn care.