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Advanced Critical Care Clerkship

This clerkship is a mixture of hands-on patient care experience, unifying didactics and small group activities. Students are assigned to a specialty intensive care unit of their choice, where they become active members of the care team. They make daily teaching rounds, and follow, assess and treat critically ill patients. In addition, students will complete the self-directed Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, study a set of core topics, give literature-based small group presentations to their peers and participate in a series of simulation exercises to enhance clinical learning.

Course Goals

The overarching goals of this clerkship are for fourth-year medical students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to care for critically ill patients. 

Students will be knowledgeable in the following core topics: 
  • Diagnosis and management of septic shock
  • Hypoxic respiratory failure and ARDS
  • Hypercarbic respiratory failure
  • Mechanical ventilation and weaning
  • Massive GI bleed
  • Acute renal failure and dialysis
  • Prevention of iatrogenic complications
  • Invasive monitoring of vascular pressure
  • ICU nutrition, sedation
  • Analgesia
  • Delirium in the critically ill
  • End of life care including patient and family communications

Clerkship Directors

Henry Fessler, M.D.

Henry Fessler, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Scott Stephens, M.D.

Scott Stephens, M.D.
Instructor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Associate Director

Bradford Winters, M.D.

Bradford Winters, M.D.
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Assistant Professor of Surgery

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