PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have completed the M3 Core Clerkships in Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

NOTE: Rotation is available at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine Medical Center. It is suggested that at least a four week duration is preferable, but an 8 week program is acceptable.

 This senior elective in neonatology is geared to provide experience in neonatal medicine. The student will get both clinical and academic experience with instruction in patient care. The major goal of the program is to familiarize the student with normal and abnormal adaptation of the newborn, to recognize various clinical entities peculiar to newborns (hyaline membrane disease, congenital heart disease, meconium aspiration, syndromes, genetic diseases, etc.) and their management.


  1. An advanced level of competency in obtaining a neonatal and birth/pregnancy history and physical examination
  2. A moderate level of competency in the complete work-up and management of issues that affect neonates, such as prematurity, respiratory distress, necrotizing enterocolitis, meningitis, pneumonia, feeding intolerance, intraventricular hemorrhage, genetic disorders
  3.  A beginner’s level of competency in procedural skills, which may include, but are not limited to neonatal resuscitation, phlebotomy, IV insertion, lumbar puncture, arterial blood gas sampling, ventilation, umbilical catheter placement.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: Each student will be working under the supervision of fellows who will be supervised by an attending. The student will have the same patient care responsibility as the first-year resident. The student will be given sufficient responsibility of patient care with the objective that they will have the opportunity of managing the patient under supervision. The student is also expected to take night calls to work along with a resident on call. In addition, students are expected to participate in the educational rounds, seminars, and journal club activities of the Division. Students will have the opportunity to go on neonatal transfers and to follow their patients during surgery.

Pediatrics E&M Conference (E&M = evaluation and management):  This is an educational enhancement specifically designed for the M4 student in Pediatrics – a case-based learning session designed to focus on issues that you likely will face as residents.  All students on pediatrics electives will gather at 8 am every Thursday of their rotation in 1208 CSB (12th floor conference room).


Important information for domestic and Canadian medical students: Completed applications with all required documents must be received 4 weeks prior to the start of the elective. Please plan accordingly to allow your school the necessary processing time for gathering the required documents.

To inquire about scheduling this elective, please contact Austin Snyder, Student Programs Coordinator at

Program Number: ELEC 654

Location: UI Health
Program Director: Shannon Murphy, M.D.
Coordinator:  Austin Snyder
: 4 Weeks
Night Call: 1/2 per week
Weekends: 1/2 per week
Students Accepted: Max. 1
Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 10
Laboratory/Independent Study: 0
Outpatient: 0
Inpatient: 50 – 60
Total Hours /Week: 60-70

Reporting Instructions:

Austin Snyder will contact you the week before your elective with reporting instructions.

Updated: 5/26/21