Department of Pediatrics and Neonatal Care

The Department of Pediatrics and Neonatal Care provides theoretical instruction and practical training to students in the Pediatrics Master’s degree at the Faculty of Medicine. Teaching and training take place at the Pediatrics Clinic and the Perinatology Centre of Ostrava University Hospital.

The Pediatrics Clinic consists of five departments – one for infants and toddlers, one for children of all ages, one for pediatric hematology and hemato-oncology, and two departments for pediatric resuscitation care. These departments have a total 50 pediatric beds, of which 12 are used for intensive and/or resuscitation care.

Neonatology teaching and training takes place at three neonatal units (a neonatal unit, an intermediary care unit, and a neonatal intensive care/resuscitation unit). There are a total 70 neonatal beds available, 21 of them used for intensive neonatal care.

Teaching is provided by a total of 16 specialists in pediatrics and/or neonatology.

Teaching content

Pediatrics teaching consists of a series of interrelated blocks comprising theoretical and practical courses.

The first block (1 week), part of the 4th year, introduces basic methods of pediatric treatment.

This is followed by a 2-week practical placement at a hospital pediatrics unit and out-patient centres.

The core of pediatrics teaching is provided in the 5th year. There is a 3-week block of theoretical teaching, covering the following areas:

  • Acute pediatric conditions
  • Pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition
  • Pediatric nephrology, including elimination methods and dialysis
  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric hematology and oncology
  • Pediatric pneumology
  • Pediatric endocrinology and diabetology
  • Pediatric rheumatology and osteology
  • Genetic illnesses, including hereditary metabolic disorders
  • Neonatology

Each of these components is taught by medical professionals who specialize in the given area.

During the 6th year students undertake a 2-week practical placement (prior to their final examinations); they demonstrate their ability to apply their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of pediatrics.

Other teaching activities

The Department also teaches pediatrics and neonatology courses for students at other departments (degrees for midwives, paramedics, nutrition therapists, physiotherapists and ergotherapists).