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C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

Clinical Experiences

The Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases is one of the five major clinical departments within the Medical School. There are over 100 faculty members on staff and more that 90 graduate trainees rotate through the department yearly. More than 150 third-year medical students complete an eight-week clerkship within the department each year.

Your clinical training will primarily occur at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, which is part of the University of Michigan Health System.  We look forward to the opening of the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in the Fall of 2011. This world-class facility will house our outpatient and inpatient pediatric services and will be the primary site of resident education. To learn more, visit new hospital site.

Established in 1869, the University of Michigan Hospital was the nation’s first teaching hospital owned and operated by a university.  Having been converted from a faculty residence, the original hospital had only a 10-bed capacity.  From this modest beginning, both the hospital and the medical school have developed into one of the largest and most respected modern health education institutions in the country.

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the central facility of the Maternal and Child Health Center, was built in 1969 and completely remodeled in 1994.  It has 206 licensed beds.  Facilities include a pediatric surgical suite, dental services, radiology services, nuclear medical facilities, and a number of other laboratory and diagnostic units devoted exclusively to the care of children.  Many special support services are available, including a comprehensive child-life program and the first hospital-based school program.  The hospital’s patient mix includes an excellent balance of primary, secondary, and tertiary pediatric health care problems.  More common pediatric illnesses come from the immediate geographic area, while more complex pediatric problems are often referred from in-state and neighboring out-of-state locations.  Highly specialized diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, together with intensive care capabilities and critical care transport systems, both ground and air, result in a high level of hospital occupancy.  C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital serves as the primary care center for a population base of approximately 600,000-800,000 people; it serves as a secondary care resource for well over 2.5 to 3.0 million people.  Annually, there are approximately 8,500 admissions to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital though there is significant seasonal variation in the inpatient workload.  There are approximately 40,000 visits to ambulatory specialty clinics and over 210,000 visits to the University’s primary care pediatric network.  Our patient population is remarkably diverse despite our non-urban location.  Approximately 30 percent of our patients are supported by Medicaid.

The Women’s Hospital Birth Center, is committed to providing family-centered, safe, satisfying, quality health care, focusing on the physical and psychosocial needs of the family.  Approximately 3,700 babies are delivered at the Center each year.  The James and Lynelle Holden Perinatal Unit is one of the state’s leading medical care facilities for high-risk infants.  Devoted to neonatal care and research, it includes a recently-built 40-bed neonatal intensive care unit and specialized support services.  The faculty are known as world authorities on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and ventilatory support.  Additional state-of-the-art care includes neonatal surgery, cardiovascular surgery, neonatal neurology, high frequency and liquid ventilation, and a number of other therapies unavailable at most hospitals.  A special ground, helicopter, and fixed-wing newborn transport service provides medical stabilization and support for infants transported from a wide referral area.  The U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center was founded in 1986 and received its “comprehensive” designation from the National Cancer Institute in 1991—one of only 27 such centers nationwide.  Ranked among the top five comprehensive cancer centers in the country, the U-M Cancer Center cares for both pediatric and adult cancer patients and brings together more than 300 scientists and clinicians specializing in 17 multi-disciplinary treatment and research programs.