General Pediatrics Wards:

Our inpatient pediatric floor has 24 beds. During their rotations on the wards, residents admit general pediatric patients as well as subspecialty patients from a variety of services. They become comfortable treating infants with dehydration, school-aged children with diabetes, and teenagers with asthma. Work and teaching rounds occur daily with the ward attending, senior residents, interns, and medical students on the team. Families are included on rounds as well to foster our family-centered approach to care. Senior residents function as general pediatric consultants for the pediatric surgery and other subspecialty surgical patients. The general team also functions as a consultant service for the pediatric surgery and other subspecialty surgical patients. Over the course of their 3 years at UIC, residents are expected to take on increased responsibility for their patients and for the supervision of their team.

Pediatric Subspecialty Wards:

Residents on the inpatient subspecialty service care for patients with hematologic, oncologic, and renal disorders. Work and teaching rounds occur daily with the hematology/oncology and nephrology attendings, senior resident, interns, and medical students on the team. Family-centered rounds occur on the inpatient subspecialty service as on the general pediatrics wards. Interns rotating on the inpatient subspecialty service are responsible for addressing the issues of the heme/onc and renal patients on a daily basis. Seniors are the supervisors on the service and it is their responsibility to organize the educational activities for the team.


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 variety of genetic syndromes.


Residents spend 2 months rotating through our pediatric intensive care unit, as well as 1 month at John H. Stroger Hospital during their PGY-1 year. This allows each resident a wide range of exposure to different types of pediatric patients with critical illnesses. The UI Health PICU has 21 beds, including a stepdown unit. During this rotation, residents are exposed to critically ill children with a variety of pediatric and surgical illnesses. In the Stroger PICU, PGY-1 residents have the opportunity to care for critically ill children, with a particular focus on children who have suffered burns and trauma related injuries. Under the leadership of board-certified pediatric critical care specialists at both sites, residents manage patients from admission to stabilization and transfer to the general floor.

Night Team:

Residents provide coverage for NICU, PICU, and Wards overnight. The NICU and Wards teams are made up of one senior resident and one intern, and the PICU is covered by seniors only overnight. The overnight teams conduct “Tuck-In” rounds for each of their patients–speaking with families and consulting with their nursing staff or attending as necessary for patient care. Our residents use a national nighttime curriculum to help facilitate the coverage of core general pediatric topics while on nights.

Mother Baby Unit:

Each resident spends 1-2 months in the Normal 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. The Newborn Nursery serves as a great opportunity to enroll patients into the resident’s Continuity of Care clinic.