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PEDS 314A. Pediatric Intensive Care Clerkship (LPCH)

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The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a busy 20-bed academic unit that teaches students to recognize and care for critically ill children. The patients are comprised of medical, surgical, and trauma patients both from within LPCH or are referred from other hospitals throughout Northern California. The medical admissions cover a broad range of disease processes ranging from respiratory failure, to shock, to multi-system organ dysfunction. Surgical patients represent diverse pathologies and vary from solid organ transplants to various types of neurosurgical procedures. Students will learn the pahtophysiology of critical illness in children, understand the many monitoring devices used in the ICU, and become familiar with the various treatment modalities available for organ failure. In this rotation, students should also begin to organize the multiple pieces of data present for ICU patients to formulate the complete physiologic picture. The differences in pathophysiology and management of critically ill children as compared to adults should also become apparent. Education will occur via daily morning rounds, caring for patients, scheduled didactic sessions, and interactions with ICU attendings, fellows, and residents. Increasing responsibility for patient care is allowed as directed by the student’s performance. Students must obtain approval from Theresa Kramer prior to registering for this clerkship. Please email requests to

Peds 300A, Anesthesia 306A and consent of instructor.

Periods Available
1-12, full-time for four weeks. 1 student per period.

Reporting Instructions:
Where: Pediatric ICU (Attending Physician / PICU fellow); Time: 7:45 am.

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Saraswati Kache, M.D. (650-723-5495,, S230.

Other Faculty
Stanford PICU faculty.

Theresa Kramer - Department of Anesthesia 650-498-5624, H-3580.

* "S1"=Selective Clerkship Category I (Basics in Clinical Care)
"S2"=Selective Clerkship Category II (Subinternship)


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