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Table 3 A basic map for UZCHS neonatal curriculum for medical students

From: Development of a neonatal curriculum for medical students in Zimbabwe – a cross sectional survey

Competencies Cognitive/knowledge areas Psychomotor skills Teaching strategies
Medical expert
Community health advocate
Ethical professional
Communicator/ relationship builder
1. Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). Students familiarize with national PMTCT guidelines
2. Pathophysiology, causes and management of birth asphyxia
3. Understand the care of infant born through meconium
4. Understand the care of baby born before arrival
5. Infection
 a. Diagnose and manage sepsis
 b. Understand principles of prevention and control
6. Understand principles of protection of babies against cold exposure
7. Problems of LBW/prematurity
8. Kangaroo mother care
9. Understand principles of newborn feeding and calculate nutritional requirements
10. Principles of occupational safety
11. Pathophysiology and management of neonatal jaundice
12. Common newborn surgical conditions (gastroschisis, omphalocoel, eosophageal defects)
13. Review of common newborn rashes
14. Review of common congenital heart diseases
15. Review common birth defects (cleft lip/palate)
16. Review common syndromes (trisomy 21, 18)
17. Pathophysiology of acute kidney injury
18. Review of causes and management of macrosomia
19. Management of colic
Perform these procedures
1. Perform Bag/mask resuscitation
2. Perform Newborn examination systematically
3. Administer Oxygen using different techniques (nasal prongs, face mask, headbox)
4. Perform Blood draw from a peripheral vein
5. Place and secure a baby in KMC position
6. Assist mother to Breastfeed a baby
7. Insert and secure Nasogastric tube
8. Measure blood sugar using glucometer
9. Insert and secure a Peripheral vein line
10. Clean an Incubator after use
11. Communicate medical information to a mother
Observe the following procedures
12. Endotracheal intubation
13. Lumbar puncture
14. Exchange transfusion
15. Umbilical catheter insertion
16. Urinary bladder catheterization
17. Central venous line insertion
Classroom teaching
Clinical attachment on a neonatal unit
Skills training laboratory