IU School of Medicine



The student functions as a member of a team caring for sick infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Riley Hospital for Children. The unit is one of only two level four neonatal intensive care units in the state of Indiana and is located on the 4th floor of the Simon Family Tower. It consists of a 60 room single bed NICU and serves as a referral service for critical patients with complex medical and surgical needs. Students participating with patient care on this unit will become familiar with the pathophysiology of a wide variety of neonatal disorders and will interact with pediatric subspecialists participating directly and as consultants within the unit. The rotation is recommended for students anticipating a career in Pediatrics. Supervision is by neonatal nurse practitioners, pediatric residents, neonatal fellows, and staff neonatologists.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Sarah Worrell (sworrell@iu.edu )

Director: Liz Wetzel, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Discuss the diagnosis and management of complex and life threatening disease processes affecting newborn infants (MK4)
  • 2) Identify a wide spectrum of organ specific injuries and systemic disorders (MK2)
  • 3) Describe the coordination of complex care in an intensive care environment (SBP1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Participation in patient care, rounds and care discussions. No examination).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; Pediatric clerkship must be completed

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Lecture

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Sarah Worrell (sworrell@iu.edu ) It is expected that the student will arrange for a minimum of two late night sessions (until 10 pm) to observe and participate in late night care decisions.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: they may interact with neonatal nurse practitioner students or pharmacy students if they happen to be on the same team

Service Learning Included: None