Residents care for patients admitted to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Hospital with a variety of diagnoses, ranging from common pediatric illnesses to complex subspecialty conditions. Four inpatient teams provide patient care, each consisting of medical students and interns under the leadership of a senior resident and an attending physician.
Inpatient subspecialty services include pulmonology/cardiology, hematology-oncology/endocrinology, gastroenterology/clinic medicine, nephrology/clinic medicine, allergy-immunology and adolescent medicine . This balanced exposure to general pediatric medicine in addition to comprehensive subspecialty fields prepares our residents for a future in primary care or further specialized training.
Pediatric residents care for neonatal intensive care patients in two distinct educational settings. Both settings are state of the art NICUs with all private rooms for patients.
Residents care for critically ill neonates with a wide variety of diseases in the 65 bed Level 4 regional perinatal center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Residents do not have overnight call responsibilities during their Level 4 NICU experience to allow for greater continuity and access to educational conferences.
Residents gain additional neonatal intensive care experience, including neonatal resuscitation immediately following birth, serving infants of high-risk obstetric mothers at our 38-bed Level 3 perinatal center at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital. Residents are on-call every four to five nights on average during their St. Mary’s neonatology rotation.
A 21-bed pediatric intensive care unit at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Hospital admits critically ill patients with a variety of severe medical, surgical (including cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, and solid organ transplant), and Level 1 trauma diagnoses. The unit also offers extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) capabilities. Senior residents complete this month-long rotation and gain the clinical experience needed to recognize and initiate care for a diverse range of life-threatening conditions.
Emergency medicine experience takes place in the emergency department at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center, caring for critically ill children who are often transferred from various regions in the bi-state area for specialized care. In addition to being staffed by residents, the emergency room provides 24-hour on site pediatric emergency medicine attending coverage. In the ED, residents have the opportunity to acquire skills including resuscitation of critically ill children, initial evaluation and treatment of a variety of medical and surgical problems, as well as suturing and splinting.
Residents also complete rotations in ambulatory medicine in their first and second years at the Danis Pediatric Center located on site at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Here, residents have the opportunity to provide care for both acute and well child visits in their clinic, obtaining continuity over the course of three years.
Unique to pediatric programs, residents at Cardinal Glennon also get the opportunity to experience the services available to children in the community. The longitudinal CARE (Community Advocacy through Resident Education) experience includes touring child care centers, visiting pediatric patients on home nursing visits, and assisting in lead inspections while on outpatient rotations.
All residents will also see patients at the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center (KOC) during their developmental medicine rotation in the first year of training. Located on block west of the main hospital, KOC is a state-of-the-art facility, providing multidisciplinary care to children with a variety of developmental disorders.
Other subspecialty experiences, including adolescent medicine, neurology and subspecialty electives, are mixed inpatient and outpatient rotations. Residents are involved in caring for children in the clinics as well as observing specialty-specific outpatient procedures (endoscopy, bronchoscopy, cardiac catheterization, to name a few), and following patients on the inpatient services, providing specialty-specific consultation services with the oversight of the subspecialty faculty.
Electives and Other Rotations
Residents will have a total of six months of subspecialty electives plus a month of neurology over the three years of their residency. On these rotations, residents will have hands-on experience of assessment and evaluation of patients under the direct supervision of faculty and fellows. Below is a list of available electives. In addition, as a part of the individualized curriculum (for those not on the advocacy or global health tracks) however, there is an opportunity to design your elective with a faculty member and the approval of the program director.
Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Pediatric Neurology (required in second year)
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Development)
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery