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Guidelines for resident physician training in critical care medicine

Special Article

Objectives: To define a curriculum that outlines the core knowledge residents should possess upon completion of graduate training in order to be able to formulate and initiate a treatment plan for the critically ill patient.

Data Sources: Requirements for training program certification as outlined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; consensus opinion of adult and pediatric critical care physicians, nurses, and pharmacists with multidisciplinary experience and expertise in the critical care teaching environment.

Data Synthesis: Because of concerns about variability between the training requirements of the five major specialties, and in keeping with the concept of critical care as a multispecialty discipline, preference was given to expert consensus opinion over certification requirements.

Conclusions: A curriculum was developed that defines the core cognitive and procedural skills and special certifications residents should possess upon completion of residency training in order to be able to formulate and initiate a treatment plan for the critically ill patient. Special skills uniquely required for pediatric and adult patient populations are delineated.

(Crit Care Med 1995; 23:1920-1923)

*Writing Panel: Antoinette Spevetz, MD, Richard J. Brilli, MD (principal authors); Jonathan Warren, MD, FCCM (committee chair); Robert W. Bayly, MD, FCCM; Linda Carl, RN, BSN; Jay Cowen, MD; Michael N. Diringer, MD; Andrew B. Egol, DO, FCCM; Charles J. Fisher, Jr, MD, FCCM; Dennis M. Greenbaum, MD, FCCM; Marilyn T. Haupt, MD, FCCM; Judith Jacobi, PharmD, FCCM; Diana L. Nikas, RN, MN, FCCM; Roland M.H. Schein, MD, FCCM; James R. Stone, MD, FCCM; Suzanne K. Wedel, MD, FCCM; Jack E. Zimmerman, MD, FCCM.

These guidelines were approved by the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). The opinions expressed herein reflect the official opinion of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and should not be construed to reflect the views of the specialty boards or any other professional medical organization.

Editor's Note: As with previous guidelines published in this journal, these guidelines have not undergone traditional peer review. See Crit Care Med 1991; 19:137 and 1992; 20:447.

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Reproduced with permission from the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

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