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Title: Neonatal Care Externship
Instructor: Joseph Harlan, M.D.

Location: McLeod Regional Medical Center
Florence, SC
Number of students: 1
Duration: 4 weeks
Credit hours: 5
Course offered: Fall, Spring

Neonatology Description

This course exposes the student to several aspects of inpatient neonatal care. The student becomes familiar with normal newborn behavior and care requirements, develops some proficiency in recognizing and treating neonatal illness and learns techniques necessary for stabilization and transport of the sick newborn.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate competence in gathering and recording a perinatal history and neonatal physical assessment (e.g. significant maternal history, perinatal events, APGAR score, gestational age: Downes' score). The student will be able to provide a differential diagnosis for some of the more common neonatal disorders and will have basic competency in resuscitation, stabilization and transport of the sick neonate. The student is expected to complete NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certification.

Instructional methodology

The major portion of this elective will be spent in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. First hand observation and participation in daily ward rounds, patient care discussions, and medical-surgical procedures will be supplemented by student attendance at scheduled conferences, specific reading assignments, and further independent study of an assigned patient's particular problems. Attempts will be made to optimize the student's exposure to acute neonatal care (in the Delivery Room, neonatal transports from referring hospitals and in the NICU). The motivated student can expect a commensurate increase in responsibilities. One to two hours will be set aside each week for student discussion with a medical staff member regarding problems, progress and review of assigned reading material.


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