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Clerkships in Pediatrics at Oakland

Neonatel Intensive Care Unit

The NICU is a 29-bed unit that provides level I, II, and III neonatal care. We are a high-risk obstetric referral center, and there are more than 2500 births/year and more than 300 premature deliveries/year. Residents and medical students care for neonates under the guidance of four neonatologists. The NICU team consists of 2 residents, a nurse practitioner, and a neonatologist.

The Subintern Role

As part of the NICU team, you will function, with supervision, as the primary caretaker for 2-4 patients. You will attend deliveries with a supervising resident, on-call pediatrician, or neonatologist and learn skills in neonatal resuscitation. You will then have the opportunity to further work-up admissions, develop care plans, and write daily notes and orders; all of which will be reviewed and countersigned by your supervising resident or neonatologist. There may also be opportunities to perform procedures on your patients.  Call with an in-house Pediatrician or Neonatologist will be every 4-5 nights.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

The PICU is a 10-bed unit that provides intensive care for a blend of general pediatric, subspecialty, and pediatric surgical patients.  Residents and medical students care for patients under the guidance of four pediatric intensivists. The PICU team generally consists of 1 resident, a pediatric intensivist, and a pediatric hospital based pediatrician. 

The Subintern Role

As part of the PICU team, you will function, with supervision, as the primary caretaker for 2-3 patients. You will participate in daily teaching rounds, mock codes, and didactic sessions. You will then have the opportunity to further work-up admissions, develop care plans, and write daily notes and orders. There may also be opportunities to perform procedures on your patients and attend transports.  Call with an in house hospital based faculty pediatrician or resident will be every 4-5 nights.

Our emphasis at Kaiser Oakland is on your education and helping the medical students and residents grow into superb and compassionate physicians. By the end of your rotation at Kaiser Oakland, it is our goal that you will:

  • Improve your history and physical examination skills.
  • Improve your skills at forming problem lists and differential diagnoses and begin to develop your own diagnostic work-up and therapeutic plans.
  • Develop the necessary organizational skills to help you to function as an intern.
  • Learn how to prioritize medical problems.
  • Expand your pediatric knowledge.
  • Have a rewarding experience in a supportive environment.