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Education of trainees in the intensive care unit

Croley, W Christopher MD; Rothenberg, David M. MD, FCCM

doi: 10.1097/01.CCM.0000252917.25301.18
Scientific Reviews

The focus on improving education in critical care medicine must begin early in medical school training and further be promoted during residency if there is to be an increase in intensivists in the hospital workforce. This is “critical” to healthcare reform movements that are endorsing full-time critical care coverage in U.S. urban intensive care units. There is, therefore, a need for more novel approaches in educating trainees in critical care medicine to better prepare future physicians to manage acutely ill patients and improve patient safety. This article will review methods to improve educational designs in teaching critical care medicine to medical students, residents, and fellows, including the use of simulation technology to enhance cognition and procedural skills.

From the Department of Anesthesiology (WCC, DMR) and the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (DMR), Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

The authors have not disclosed any conflicts of interest.

© 2007 by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins