Inova Children's Hospital contains 53 beds in the medical/surgical unit. Care is provided in a child-friendly environment in conjunction with an active Child Life program. These experiences provide residents with the diagnostic, patient management and technical skills necessary to be a well-rounded pediatrician. The first-year resident acts as the primary physician, with supervision and guidance provided by senior level residents in conjunction with board-certified general and subspecialty attending physicians. Emphasis is placed on collegial communication, growing responsibility, and continuity of care in the inpatient setting.
This 20-bed unit provides care for hematology and oncology patients, including those with various types of cancers, sickle cell disease and bleeding disorders. This experience allows residents to learn about the complex medical and psychosocial issues faced by these patients and their families. The residents act as the primary physicians with supervision by the board-certified pediatric hematologists-oncologists and nurse practitioners. Residents work in concert with nursing, social work, and Child Life to offer a comprehensive treatment plan for these patients.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Inova Children's Hospital contains one of the largest NICUs in the nation. This state-of-the-art, level 4 facility accommodates up to 100 beds and is staffed by 18 full-time neonatologists. The NICU rotation includes attending many deliveries, resuscitating newborns, learning normal transitional physiology, as well as actively caring for sick and premature infants. Being the only level 4 NICU in Northern Virginia, babies with severe and unique pathology are transferred here, further enriching the resident experience. Residents have ample opportunities to perform procedures, including intubation, line placement, blood draws and circumcision. All residents also complete a rotation in the Well Baby Nursery, ensuring familiarity with routine care of a healthy newborn and learning circumcisions.
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Our 16-bed unit offers residents in-depth experience with a full spectrum of critical childhood injuries and illnesses. Second and third year residents evaluate and manage all PICU admissions, including post-operative care for all types of pediatric surgical patients. Residents learn at the bedside how to recognize and resuscitate a sick child using general and disease-specific strategies. Nine critical care physicians provide supervision and teaching to the residents, with emphasis on the pathophysiology of disease and injury in children. Home to a very active cardiothoracic program, residents become experienced in the care of post-surgical repair of congenital heart disease including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). In addition, Inova Children's Hospital offers the only level 1 pediatric trauma center in Northern Virginia, thus making our pediatric intensive care unit a stimulating place to learn.
Pediatric Intermediatry Care Unit (IMC)
Inova Children's Hospital has a six-bed pediatric intermediary care unit located close to the intensive care unit and managed by first year interns, under the supervision of senior residents and attendings. This experience gives the interns an opportunity to get familiar with high-acuity patients and some preparation before rotating through the PICU.