This is a four-week elective for fourth year medical students designed to teach you the cognitive and technical skills needed to initially evaluate and manage unstable patients in the Intensive Care Unit.
All students participate in an orientation, daily interactive problem solving conferences, bedside teaching rounds, direct patient care with CCM faculty/fellow supervision, and daily sessions in the Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research (WISER). Students are assigned to the General Trauma/Surgical, Neurotrauma, Neurovascular, or Transplantation Intensive Care Unit at Presbyterian University Hospital or the Surgical ICU at the VA Medical Center.
During simulation sessions at WISER, students work with a computerized whole-body mannequin. The mannequin has a functional mouth and airway allowing bag and mask ventilation and intubation, a chest wall that expands and relaxes with inspiration and expiration, heart sounds, and real-time display of physiologic variables including arterial, central venous, and pulmonary artery pressures; electrocardiogram, and pulse oximetry. WISER sessions are daily one hour sessions covering airway management, pulmonary resuscitation, cardiac crisis management, arrhythmia management, sepsis, anaphylaxis, seizure, chest pain and neurological emergencies. A total of 20 lectures in the Simulation Center are provided to each block of students.
Students have consistently rated the course as one of the most valuable in their curriculum.