Located in Raleigh, WakeMed is a 760-bed private, not-for-profit health care system. The Children’s Hospital opened in 2010 with 25 inpatient rooms, 12 observation rooms and 10 PICU beds; there are over 143,000 admissions a year. Residents care for children along with WakeMed hospitalists and intensivists. In addition to providing care to the children of Wake County, WakeMed serves as a referral hospital servicing many of the surrounding counties.
The clinic at WakeMed gives UNC Residents another chance to hone their outpatient skills with a staff that cares for many of the well and ill children of Wake County. In the outpatient clinic, residents work with UNC medical students and in seeing a largely underserved population, and get further training in well-child exams, immunizations, common office visits, and the occasional child with special medical needs. Throughout their training, residents may also be exposed to some of the other specialty clinics at WakeMed, including the Special Infant Care Clinic or the Sexual Abuse Evaluation Center.
WakeMed houses one of the busiest Children’s Emergency Departments in the southeast, seeing over 44,000 children in 2010. Emergency care is delivered to children by a team of nurses, therapists, and physicians trained in pediatric emergency medicine. UNC pediatric residents work with the Emergency Department staff through children admitted to the hospital and also have the chance to rotate through the Emergency Department as an elective during their second or third year. With the high volume in the WakeMed ED, residents are able to increase their skills with various procedures and improve efficiency in a busy environment.
The WakeMed Level III Intensive Care Nursery not only cares for these babies, but also acts as a referral center for the region, and cares for more than 600 babies per year. UNC Residents can do an elective in the WakeMed NICU in their second or third years, getting more independence in attending deliveries and caring for premature critically ill neonates.