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Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Training


Our intensive care nursery is a 49 bed, state-of-the-art facility staffed by board-certified neonatologists, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dietitians and social workers. Our patients have access to all tertiary pediatric subspecialties, including pediatric surgery and pediatric heart surgery.

Labor and Delivery services are in close proximity to our NICU and staffed by full-time perinatologists.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit provides services to infants recovering from heart surgery. Our ECLS program is hosted in the PICU and staffed by board-certified pediatric critical care specialists.

The UC Davis Medical Center and Children's Hospital offers Pediatric Critical Care and Neonatal Transport services to the greater Sacramento area and counties of Northern California.

The MIND Institute is dedicated to the investigation of neurodevelopmental disorders and hosts our Follow-up clinic. Board-certified behavior and development specialist, licensed psychologists, nurses and social workers staff the clinic.

Clinical rotations


Our training program offers up to 12 months of experience in the NICU. Fellows' supervised responsibilities include counseling of high risk families on the obstetrical service, evaluation and stabilization of newly admitted infants and ongoing care of those on the clinical service. Fellows coordinate the performance of needed procedures and consultations with subspecialty services. They participate in the preparation for patient discharge and long-term care. Fellows are responsible for mentoring and supervising the work of residents and medical students.

Night calls

Night calls have been consolidated into night shifts to improve continuity of care and scholarly time management.


Fellows receive six weeks of supervised instruction in the evaluation, stabilization, and post-operative management of infants with congenital heart disease. They attend a weekly Pediatric Cardiology/Cardiothoracic Surgery Conference and participate in the prenatal counseling of families diagnosed with fetal heart disease.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Our program offers 4 weeks of instruction in the evaluation and management of high-risk pregnancy, labor and delivery.

Developmental Follow-up

Fellows attend one half-day clinic per month where high-risk ICN graduates undergo medical and psychometric evaluation, and are referred to appropriate services when needed.

Transport calls

Fellows are on call every 6th week throughout their training. While most transports are staffed by specialized critical care personnel and extended role neonatal nurses, fellows provide assistance in the stabilization and transport of high-risk neonates.