General Pediatrics Wards:

During the inpatient wards rotation, residents admit general pediatric patients as well as subspecialty patients from a variety of services with varying levels of complexity. We care for common pediatric illnesses such as dehydration, asthma, bronchiolitis, and appendicitis. We also care for complex patients that follow with many of our subspecialists including endocrinology, genetics, and allergy/immunology. Family-centered rounds occur daily at the bedside with the wards attending. Senior residents function as general pediatric consultants for the pediatric surgery and other subspecialty surgical patients. Weekly inpatient teaching occurs both informally on rounds and formally through a structured inpatient wards curriculum.

Residents on the inpatient wards rotation also care for patients with hematologic, oncologic, neurologic and renal disorders. Family-centered teaching rounds occur daily with the fellows and attendings from our various subspecialties, including hematology/oncology, child neurology, nephrology, cardiology, infectious disease, rheumatology, and endocrinology.


Our neonatal intensive care unit consists of 55 beds, which includes intensive care, intermediate care, and observation areas. While rotating through the NICU residents become experienced with resuscitation of both premature and term infants. Under the guidance of our neonatal attendings and fellows, they manage the care for premature infants with their associated complications as well as full-term infants with a spectrum of genetic syndromes.


Interns will first experience PICU at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Senior residents will then rotate through the PICU at both UI Health and at Stroger Hospital. At UI Health, residents are exposed to critically-ill children with a spectrum of pediatric medical and surgical illnesses. At Stroger, interns care for critically-ill children, many of whom have suffered burns and trauma-related injuries. Residents work under the supervision of pediatric critical care faculty at both sites, caring for patients throughout their PICU course.

Night Team:

Residents provide overnight coverage during their rotations on NICU, PICU, and Wards. The NICU and Wards teams are comprised of one senior resident and one intern, while one senior resident covers the PICU. The overnight teams conduct night rounds for each of their patients–speaking with families and consulting with their nursing staff or attending as necessary for patient care. Residents use an inpatient night curriculum to facilitate their education of core inpatient pediatric topics while working at night.

Mother Baby Unit:

Each resident spends 1-2 months in the Newborn Nursery. During this rotation, they attend deliveries requiring pediatric support and learn the fundamentals of evaluation and resuscitation in the immediate post-partum period. Residents work closely with our general pediatricians to master the well newborn exam and learn to discuss routine newborn care with new mothers. Interns attend Newborn Clinic during their Y blocks, providing excellent continuity for families from the nursery to the Child and Youth Center at UI Health as they transition home.