IU School of Medicine



The student will function as a member of a health care team for newborn infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the new Eskenazi Health, a 36 bed single room formatted intensive care nursery which opened in December 2013. Students will participate in patient management of a variety of clinical situations, ranging from the mildly sick to critically ill newborns. This rotation provides opportunities for students to become familiar with the pathophysiology of a variety of neonatal disorders while gaining experience in patient clinical management. Students will participate in prenatal counseling, support of patients frequently with complex social and medical needs, the obstetrical management of high risk deliveries, and participate in newborn resuscitation and stabilization. Delivery room management of newborns high-risk infants is anticipated. Experiential learning may be augmented by participation in an in situ simulation in the Eskenazi NICU that occurs monthly on one morning. The rotation includes late night call and students are encouraged to have security escort them to their vehicles. This rotation is recommended for students anticipating a career in pediatrics, family practice, or obstetrics. Supervision by pediatric residents, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal fellows, and faculty is provided. It is expected that the student will arrange for a minimum of two late night sessions (until 10pm) to participate in evening patient care.

Elective Details:

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

Director: Liz Wetzel, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Eskanazi Health Services - Neonatal ICU (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Dr. Funches, Dr. Lemons, Dr. Khurana, Dr. Lorant, Dr. Matory, Dr, Salih, Dr. Sokol

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Discover various aspects of perinatal care, including prenatal consultation, delivery room resuscitation, stablization of newborns and their subsequent care (PC2)
  • 2) Recognize and describe various disease processes and the pathophysiology affecting premature and newborn babies (MK3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Evaluations will be completed by faculty with whom the student worked with based on clinical interactions).

Enrollment Information

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

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-50

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None