Educational Curriculum Overview

Typical Conference Schedule

10 - 11 a.m. Monday – Friday: Multidisciplinary rounds in ICU

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1st week 12:30-1:30 p.m.
PD meeting with Fellows
1-2 p.m.
Core curriculum
  Grand Rounds  
2nd week   1-2 p.m.
Core curriculum
POCUS/Imaging conference M&M  
3rd week   1-2 p.m.
Core curriculum
  Journal Club/Pro-Con Debate  
4th week   1-2 p.m.
Core curriculum
Ventilator conference Research/QI/Board Review  

* = Shared with cardiology fellows

  • Core curriculum: weekly conference on rotating core curriculum covering all areas in critical care medicine
  • Journal Club: on landmark studies, new practice changing papers, and guidelines
  • Grand rounds: both attending and fellow grand rounds are held monthly
  • Pro-con debate: two fellows present evidence for and against specific therapies/management strategies in gray areas of critical care
  • Research/QI: fellows present ongoing research or quality improvement projects and mentors facilitate discussion and implementation
  • Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) conference: review clinical case with POCUS images and continued learning of critical care ultrasound
  • Ventilator Conference: Discussion of modes of ventilator, waveform analysis, and troubleshooting patient-ventilator interactions using real case examples.

Simulation-Based Education

We utilize the state-of-the-art Center for Simulated Patient Care at the UCR School of Medicine to provide fellows education in various procedural, hemodynamic, and ventilatory education.

Critical Care Boot Camp

Fellows participate in a two-day boot camp at the beginning of fellowship that utilizes discussion, simulation, and hands-on practice on trainers and standardized patients (for point of care ultrasound). The course includes airway management, point of care ultrasound, vascular access, bronchoscopy, and pleural procedures.

Besides the boot camp, we provide routine simulation-based education in the following areas:

  • Hemodynamics education
  • Advanced critical care echocardiography
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Advanced/difficult airway management
  • Neurocritical care