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Welcome to the NCCC. Below you will find general information regarding this rotation. You will receive a complete orientation packet at the beginning of your rotation.


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the physiology of term and premature neonates as it relates to commonly encountered neonatal problems.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology of common diseases of the critically ill neonate, such as respiratory distress syndrome, chronic lung disease, persistent pulmonary hypertension, necrotizing enterocolitis, surgical problems, intraventricular hemorrhage, and retinopathy of prematurity.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the approach to management of the ill neonate, including the development of differential diagnoses, use of laboratory and imaging studies, and the risks and benefits of therapeutic modalities used in the NICU.
  4. Anticipate the birth of a high-risk neonate based on maternal risk factors, antenatal testing and events during labor and delivery.
  5. Understand the potential morbidities, ethical dilemmas, family stresses and the financial effects of neonatal intensive care.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with members of the NICU team and families, and maintain the medical record in a clear and concise manner.
  7. Understand the components of discharge planning and community resources for the high-risk neonate.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Sofia Aliaga MD MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill