Inpatient volume continues to increase at Children's Mercy
Hospitals and Clinics. In fiscal year 2011, there were 14,880
inpatient admissions, which ranks Children's Mercy as one of the
largest children's hospital in the nation based on number of
Non-surgical patients outside of the ICUs are admitted to one of
seven inpatient teams, six of which are staffed by residents and
one of which is staffed by pediatric hospitalists. Residents also
spend time on our night-float team, called the "Owl Team," as an
intern and as a senior.
Red Team: General pediatric patients and
Purple Team: General pediatric patients and
Green Team: Senior-resident only team, which
covers general pediatric patients.
Blue Team: Cardiology and Pulmonology patients
(including Cystic Fibrosis patients).
Gold Team: Gastroenterology and Endocrinology
Orange Team: General pediatric patients-exists
during busy winter months [December through March] to
accommodate increased patient load.
Owl Team - Night Float: Covers inpatient teams
Sunday to Thursday night.
Hematology-Oncology: A rotation for second
and third year residents with a more traditional call
- The Children's Mercy Emergency Department is the only Level 1
Pediatric Trauma Center between St. Louis and Denver
- More than 67,000 patients are seen annually
- Recognized as one of the top pediatric emergency departments in
- Staffed twenty-four hours a day by board-certified pediatric
emergency medicine physicians
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
- Residents spend two months in the PICU with 24-hour on-site
- Our 41-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is one of the largest
PICU's in the nation.
- There were more than 1,800 PICU admissions totaling 7,212 PICU
days in fiscal year 2011
- The in-house transport team serves a 150-mile radius and
annually transports more than 4,000 patients per year.
- Currently, Children's Critical Care Transport ranks third
nationally in pediatric and neonatal transport volume.
Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)
- Residents gain NICU experience at both Children's Mercy
Hospital and Truman Medical Center.
- Children's Mercy Hospital has a 64-bed Level 3C Intensive Care
Nursery, and ECMO capabilities. NICU fellows and attendants are
present 24 hours a day.
- There were over 900 ICN admissions totalling 20,031 ICN days in
fiscal year 2011
- The Truman Medical Center-West Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is
a 24-bed Level II/III nursery associated with a high-risk obstetric
service. Nurse practitioners, trained in neonatology, are in-house
24 hours a day.
- Residents attend all high-risk deliveries to gain experience
with delivery-room resuscitation.
- Residents also complete a month of well-baby nursery during
their second year.
Outpatient Clinical Education
- In the Adolescent Medicine Rotation, residents learn about
issues that are unique to the teenage population.
- Residents have the option of continuing to work in the clinic
once a month as part of their Continuity Care Clinic.
Developmental and Behavioral Medicine
- In a clinic setting, residents gain an understanding of normal
and abnormal development with a variety of child psychiatrists,
psychologists and developmental pediatricians.
- They also learn the management of common behavioral
Continuity Care Clinic (CCC)
- Each resident spends one-half day each week in their
- Residents have the opportunity to build a panel of patients
that they can follow through their three years at Children's
- The clinic is staffed by the same general pediatricians each
week to facilitate learning and continuity.
- Each resident spends one month in a private-practice pediatrics
- Residents learn the basic skills of office management in
addition to primary-care pediatrics.
- Residents have the opportunity to spend this month outside the
Kansas City metro area.
Pediatric Care Clinic (PCC)
- The Pediatric Care Center (PCC) is the general primary-care
clinic for Children's Mercy Hospital. More than 65,000 children and
families were served by the clinic last year.
- Pediatric residents spend two months in the PCC - one month
during their first year and a supervisory month as a third-year
- The goal of the PCC is to provide every resident with a
broad-based primary care pediatric experience.
Clinical Rotations by Year
||Inpatient / Owl (night float)
|Owl (night float)
||Inpatient / Owl (night float)
|Inpatient / Owl (night float)
||General Pediatrics Outpatient Clinic
|NICU at Truman Med Center
||Developmental & Behavioral Medicine
||Community Pediatric Office
|General Pediatrics Outpatient Clinic
- Electives exist in all pediatric subspecialties.
- Residents can tailor their electives to meet their own goals
- Some electives include:
Special Care Clinic