IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 71KN703 — NEONATAL MEDICINE


The student will participate in the care of a number of sick newborns, beginning from the time a high-risk mother is admitted to the hospital or when transport from an outlying hospital is initiated. A multi-disciplinary team approach will be emphasized, utilizing obstetricians, developmental therapists, radiologists, respiratory therapists and social workers in addition to the pediatric subspecialties. Students will function as sub-interns with patient care responsibilities under close supervision of the neonatologist. The student will become familiar with the pathophysiology affecting premature and pre-term infants and will actively participate in their care plans. Opportunities for intubation, peripheral IV insertion, umbilical catheter placement, and needle aspiration are present. The student will become certified in NRP during the course.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu)

Director: Robert White, M.D.

Campus: South Bend

Location: Memorial Hospital (South Bend)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Manage common neonatal problems (PC3)
  • 2) Describe the physiology and basic management principles for critically ill NICU patients (MK3)
  • 3) Perform basic newborn resuscitation/stabilization (PC5)
  • 4) Perform common neonatal procedures (PC5)
  • 5) Assist with ventilator management (PC5)
  • 6) Provide family support and parental communication (ISC2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form;( Clinical Observation by course director and elective faculty).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 70% Clinical; 20% Lecture; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All South Bend electives must go thru the South Bend campus coordinator. Contact Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu or 574-631-1870)

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None