Critical Care Medicine | Fellowship Program | Fellow Education

New Fellow Orientation

A comprehensive orientation program has been developed for all new fellows. These 2+ weeks include multiple opportunities to meet and interact with ICU nursing and ancillary staff, as well as focused conferences and simulation-based training sessions. Psychomotor skills are emphasized through multiple simulation-training experiences that include scenarios for ICU patient management, transport, ECMO, and ventricular assist devices. The orientation culminates with a 3-day boot camp that includes fellows from programs throughout the Midwest and West coast. Boot camp is held here at Washington University in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Along with the experiences obtained from clinical rotations, fellows are expected to base their development as clinicians on sound knowledge of the biological process that underlie critical illnesses, the diagnostic and therapeutic methods of the subspecialty, and the processes used in the critical evaluation of clinical information. To that end, a curriculum based on adult learning theory and educational best practices has been developed to ensure competency of and integration between basic physiology, technology and clinical management. Specific educational sessions are held on Tuesday afternoons and facilitated by Critical Care Faculty. Fellows are excused from all clinical duties during these sessions.

Fellow education is supplemented by simulation training in ICU care and transport care throughout the year as well as bedside teaching and a new pediatric ultrasound course. PCCM fellows are also involved in formal presentations for morbidity and mortality conference, clinical case conferences, and journal clubs throughout each academic year. We also hold a monthly fellow’s scholarship workshop that focuses on a variety of aspects of career and research development.

Additionally, the Department has a core curriculum for all subspecialty fellows that encompasses core topics in teaching, career, leadership and scholarly development. This curriculum has been newly revised and will consist of one session per month, as well as a summer and spring retreat for all fellows. Division and Department conferences round out the educational experience. Such conferences include Pediatric Grand Rounds, PCCM CPR debriefs, Heart Center surgical planning conferences, various research presentations, and patient of the month presentations.

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