Rural Newborn Care


Original Presentation Date: 10/24/2019

Facilitator Lesson Plan

The Rural Newborn Care teaching kit contains all you need to host your own team-based active-learning event featuring work by Brandon Ferguson, MD, Family Physician and Core Residency Faculty for the Hidalgo Medical Services Family Medical Residency Program in Silver City, New Mexico.

The medical care of a newborn is fairly universal, regardless of the location of practice; however, small town providers do run into some situations that are unique to rural practice. The decisions we make as rural providers are often driven by the resources we do or don’t have at our disposal, such as a NICU or an intermediate care nursery along with specific pediatric specialists and equipment appropriate for neonatal diagnostic studies and procedures. Many of the decisions we face are not as straight-forward as one might think and can result in stressful situations for ancillary staff, providers, parents, and of course, our tiny patients. This presentation will focus on some of the challenges specific to rural newborn care. When all is said and done, we aim to provide the best care possible in spite of any resource limitations and being able to help these growing little humans is a feeling that is unmatched.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify unique challenges to rural newborn care in your area
  • Identify and facilitate appropriate methods of transfer

Brandon Ferguson, MD
Family Physician, Core Residency Faculty for the Hidalgo Medical Services FMRP


Before your session
  1. Recruit your teams. Ideally, 4 teams of 3-5 participants.
  2. Schedule a room that can accommodate all your participants and AV to play the presentation.
  3. Distribute the Pre-Session link
  4. Download the Presentation Slide Deck.
  5. Review the Slide Deck. Be sure to look at the presenter notes.
During your session
  1. Arrange your participants into teams within the room.
  2. Facilitate your session by following the prompts in the presenter notes of the Slide Deck.
  3. Facilitate general discussion with the full group. Go over any lingering thoughts.
  4. Evaluate the materials on your experience.
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