Neonatology labs are a required part of the curriculum for second-year D.O. and PA students at Des Moines University. This lab is held at Mercy Medical Center, over the course of three sessions and offers students a unique experience to work with newborn patients during their second year. All labs are taught by one of Mercy’s own nurse practitioners, Shamrae Kemmet.
Session I, which must be completed prior to Sessions II and III, consists of a lecture and introduction. Session II consists of a hands-on demonstration of the neonatal exam. Estimation of gestational age and documentation, are also highlighted. Session II must be completed before Session III. Session III consists of additional hands-on practice time. A post-test will be administered, and a score of 70 percent or greater is required to pass this course.
This course addresses the development of the following American Osteopathic Core Competencies of the Osteopathic Student and Professional: osteopathic philosophy and osteopathic principles and practice, medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism.
The goal of the neonatology laboratorys is to introduce students to neonatal physical examinations, highlight differences in newborn versus adult examination and familiarize students with common variants of “normal” on examination.
Upon completion of Session I, students will be able to:
Upon completion of Session II, students will be able to:
Upon completion of Session III, students will be able to: