Didactic Conferences

Didactic conferences are held daily.

Critical Care Board Review

Faculty present at this lecture every Monday. The conferences are designed to teach the fellows about the mechanics of multiple-choice questions and to help our fellows maintain a 97 percent board pass rate.

Critical Care Journal Club

Critical care fellows are assigned a journal club article and a faculty mentor to dissect the article and present it once a month.

Fellows’ Grand Rounds

Our senior fellows have the responsibility for presenting one topic each year with faculty support. The fellow is expected to assemble and moderate the conference, provide audiovisual support and hand-outs for the case and invite individuals with special expertise to the conference. 

Didactic Lectures

These lectures are held bi-weekly. State-of-the-art lectures are presented not only by the critical care faculty, but in keeping with the multidisciplinary nature of the training program, didactic lectures may also be given by faculty and visiting professors specializing in trauma, infectious disease, cardiovascular, or emergency medicine. We invite regional, national and internationally-renown faculty to discuss the most important topics in critical care.

Morbidity and Mortality

All deaths in the medical/surgical intensive care unit and any morbidity is reviewed. Fellows are assigned to present a case synopsis for the deaths and morbidities once a month. 


Critical Care Faculty and Fellows present at this lecture every Friday morning in preparation for Critical Care Echo Boards. Image review is an integral part of this conference.

Mechanical Ventilation Curriculum

These monthly lectures are held by Dr.  Bartock and Dr.  Damuth to make our fellows experts in mechanical ventilation.

Teaching Rounds

Conducted daily in the medical/surgical ICU by critical care faculty with active participation by fellows and the multidisciplinary patient care team members.

Annual Board Review

A two-day comprehensive, multidisciplinary review.

Simulation Lab

Simulation Lab is held once a month. Sample topics are:

  • Difficult Airway
  •  Bleeding cardiac surgery patient
  •  Mechanical circulatory support
  •  Cricothyrotomy
  •  Management of elevated intracranial pressures

The SimLab is a state-of-the-art-simulation facility where fellows develop and enhance their procedural skills, difficult airway management, bronchoscopy and crisis team response. In addition, the SimLab provides the opportunity for fellows to teach junior residents and medical students basic procedures and management of medical emergencies.

Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS)

Developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, FCCS is a standardized course on the basic principles of critical care that is administered in August to all new critical care fellows and residents.

Multi-disciplinary Conference

ED-CCM: Engaging interdepartmental collaborations around stimulating topics. An example is: "Controversies in Critical Care:  Prophylactic antibiotics after cardiac arrest – yes or no?"

Educational Presentations

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays the fellows and faculty give educational lectures to residents and medical students to educate the house staff and refine their presentation skills.

Opportunity to Function as a Junior Attending

Fellows will have the opportunity to function as an attending and lead the multidisciplinary team in making patient-care rounds during the final months of either the two-year or one-year training program.

Critical Care In-Service Examination

The Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP) administered through the Society of Critical Care Medicine is a four-hour standardized critical care in-service examination given annually to all critical care fellows. MCCKAP allows critical care fellows to compare their knowledge base with other critical care fellows nationwide, and the fellows in the two-year program are able to evaluate their progress between the first and second year of the program. Only the respective fellow and the program director will know actual examination results.


Weekday Educational Conference
Monday Board Review
Monday, Wednesday, Friday Resident and Medical Student Lectures
Tuesday and Thursday Didactics, M&M, Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Simulation
Friday Ultrasound