The educational experiences included in the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program consist of formal and informal components. The formal components are primarily regularly scheduled conferences and daily teaching rounds. Less formal learning goes on constantly through the interactions between fellows and faculty.
The Surgical Critical Care Conference Series is the backbone of the formal educational program. This conference will be divided between formal lecture presentation topics taken from the Core Curriculum and Journal Club topics of Surgical Critical Care interest. Pertinent clinical guidelines will also be reviewed during some of the Journal Club dates. The critical care faculty will be the moderators for Journal Club sessions with the fellows taking responsibility for proctoring residents and students in their presentations. Fellows will also lead discussions regarding the articles as well as related topics covered in the Journal Club.
Along with Journal club the fellows will be responsible for the education of the residents and medical students on service. This is done through a series of informal weekly lectures covering the standard topic of surgical critical care and trauma. When possible, these lectures will augment topics covered in the Journal Club of the week.
Finally, the fellows will participate in a combined medical/surgical critical care conference. This monthly conference will allow collegial interaction with fellows from medical and surgical critical care divisions to collaborate on important information that will hold specific relevance for critical care examinations. The lecture series is mixed with presentations provided by both cadres of fellows as well as attendings from both disciplines.
Morbidity and Mortality Meeting
Morbidity and Mortality is held monthly to review cases with unexpected outcomes (death, complications, etc.). The fellow responsible for the patient at the time of the patient’s death must submit an M&M report within 24 hours. For cases selected for review at M&M, that fellow will make a formal presentation.
Other Educational Opportunities
Fellows will also be a vibrant part of the Performance Improvement process in the Division of Trauma. This meeting occurs bimonthly and is a review of the systems in place for the delivery of trauma and acute care at Cooper University Hospital. The process allows the group to identify strengths and weakness in the delivery of health care and is an important part of system growth. During their stay, fellows will be given a project in which they will be expected to take on a PI related topic and provide direct improvement for the division.
Teaching junior house staff, medical students and non-physician personnel is a part of the fellows’ responsibility. Such teaching is both formal and informal in nature. Fellows should also be available regularly to serve as a resource for more junior house staff and to supervise them in the performance of procedures. Fellows are also expected to actively participate in the educational component of daily rounds.
Life Support Courses
Cooper University Hospital proudly hosts more Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses in the region than any other institution in the southern New Jersey and Philadelphia region. Fellows will be expected to be certified in ATLS and, during their time at Cooper, they will be encouraged to participate in the multiple ATLS courses given during the year. It is anticipated that fellows will become instructors during their stay at Cooper University Hospital. Many other courses are available, as well as the ability for instructor-level at Cooper including Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Fundamentals of Critical Care Support.
The Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) is an academic affiliate of The Cooper Health System. The Division of Trauma/Surgical Critical Care at Cooper has a special affiliation with the Anatomy Department of CMSRU and, as a consequence, the Anatomy Project has become a collaboration between these two entities. The Anatomy Project allows the fellows to return to the anatomy lab to educate first- and second-year medical students in anatomy. This is done through direct and indirect interaction with the students, assisting with dissection and identification, as well as demonstrating techniques such as laparoscopy and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.