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Conferences and Lectures

Attendance at conferences and lectures is a requirement of the program. The conference/didactic series consists of the following:

  1. Clinical Conferences: Fellows present interesting or challenging cases from the intensive care unit. The presentation includes a summary of the clinical course and a literature review. The intent of this conference is to create a dialogue on the care of the critically ill patient, discuss controversies involving the care of such patients, and highlight the literature that is relevant to the care of such patients. The conference may focus on almost any facet of critical care, including (but not limited to) the scientific basis of critical care (e.g. physiology and pathophysiology of critical illness); measurement of illness severity and prognostication; ethics; palliative care, prevention of complications; interactions with families and other members of the multidisciplinary team.
  2. Journal Club: The goal of the monthly journal club is to review medical literature relevant to patient care and/or its pathophysiologic basis, and to gain further expertise in the critical evaluation of the medical literature. Articles may be culled from current (recent) journals or may be important older ("landmark") studies. The fellow and faculty presenting at the conference will choose topics. The fellow leads the interactive discussion.
  3. Research: The goal of the monthly research conference is to present work-in-progress or to discuss and solicit feedback for possible research studies.
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  5. Quality Assurance (QA) Conference: On a monthly basis, cases that have met QA criteria will be reviewed. Cases will be presented from section-gathered data.

In addition to the scheduled critical care conferences, fellows will have the opportunity to attend Medical Morbidity and Mortality Conference, which often involves the discussion of patients who spent part of their hospitalization on the critical care service. The Medical, Surgery, and Anesthesia Grand Rounds series often include topics relevant to critical care as well.

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