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Pediatric Intensive Care

LOCATION: WVUH Children's Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia
PRECEPTOR: Mel Wright, MD (Casey McCluskey, MD after 7/29/19)
DURATION: 2 weeks minimum
OFFERED: Continuously
STATUS: This rotation fulfills the senior year requirement for Acute Care.


To expose the student to the workings of the PICU; to achieve some familiarity with the unit's activity; to gain a working knowledge of basic cardiac physiology, congenital heart disease, respiratory physiology, the physiology of shock and respiratory failure, pediatric advanced life support course materials, and pediatric trauma.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

The student will actively participate in PICU rounds, patient conferences, etc. The student will perform as a primary house officer for one or two patients at a time, applying an organ system oriented approach to the assessment and management of the critically ill patient. The patients will be selected by the attending physician or resident based on the teaching opportunity that the patient affords. All orders must be co-signed by a resident or attending physician. The student may place peripheral IV's, arterial lines, chest tube or endotracheal tubes as deemed appropriate by the attending. The student will attend didactic teaching sessions or scheduled lectures pertinent to PICU. Each fourth year student will have two days per week off, generally taken on weekends.

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

Each student’s evaluation will consist of the following: Medical Knowledge/Patient Care; Practice-based Learning and Improvement; Interpersonal and Communication Skills; Professionalism; and System-based Practice.  Each student will be invited to complete the PICU scavenger hunt prior to completing the rotation.  The scavenger hunt form will be included in the Orientation packet.

Pre-Rotation Instructions

Please contact Ms. Diane Lemley two weeks prior to rotation start date. dilemley@hsc.wvu.edu