Inpatient General Pediatrics
Our inpatient rotations consist of four general inpatient units, each of which has a core of general pediatric patients and several groups of subspecialty patients. There is also a separate dedicated hematology/oncology service.
We are amongst the first pediatric programs to have deployed Resident Assistants (RAs) for each of the general inpatient teams, for hem/onc servic and in the NICU and PICU units.. The RAs function by taking over clerical duties previously performed by the pediatric residents in the care of their patients, such as obtaining patient records, test scheduling, and assisting with discharge. The goal of the RAs is to allow residents to spend more time with patients and families, to spend more time in meaningful patient care activities, and to have more time available for both conference-based and self-directed learning.
The University of Michigan has always been at the forefront of information technology and the Health System benefits from this leadership. A robust web-based clinical information system— Careweb—is in place, computer-based order entry has been deployed, and the hospital has built a wireless clinical information network that is used by all clinicians. The Program provides each incoming resident with a laptop computer to facilitate clinical care and charting, to increase efficiency, and for self directed learning.