IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93KN730 — BASIC NEONATOLOGY (Delivery Room, Newborn Nursery, and Special Care Nursery Experience)


The student functions as a member of the medical team in the Intensive Care Nursery at Methodist Hospital. The nursery is the current location of the consolidated neonatal and obstetrical services and has an expanded delivery service with both routine and complex neonatal issues. Students will participate in a wide variety of deliveries, resuscitations, stabilizations, and subsequent admission (or transport to the intensive care unit at Riley Hospital if necessary) of critically ill newborns. Experiences in managing sick newborns recovering from a variety of medical complication is expected. Clinical bedside learning may be augmented with in situ simulation monthly in the unit. This rotation is especially recommended for students anticipating a career in pediatrics, family practice, or obstetrics. Close supervision by the pediatric residents, neonatal fellows and faculty is provided. It is expected that students will arrange for two late night session (10 pm) during the rotation.

Elective Details:

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

Director: Liz Wetzel, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health Methodist Hospital - NICU (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe and participate in various aspects of perinatal care, including prenatal consultation, delivery room resuscitation and initial stabilization of newborns (PC1)
  • 2) Differentiate and evaluate various disease processes affecting premature and newborn babies (PC2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Evaluations completed by faculty with whom the student worked, based on clinical and didactic 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: 95% Clinical; 5% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Sarah Worrell (sworrell@iu.edu ) Students are encouraged following their call to have security escort them to their vehicles.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None