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Andrew M. Luks
MED 536
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Critical Care Medicine

Uses a combination of didactics, time spent observing rounds and physicians on-call in the ICU as well as dedicated bedside teaching by a critical care attending physician to teach about core topics in pediatric and adult critical care medicine including shock, respiratory failure, sepsis, mechanical ventilation, and palliative care. Offered: W.

Class description

This elective course is designed to provide second year medical students with an introduction to critical care medicine. Using a combination of lectures, workshops, time spent observing ICU rounds and resident physicians on call as well as bedside teaching with an ICU attending physician, students will gain exposure to a variety of core topics in critical care medicine including shock, respiratory failure, mechanical ventilation, airway management and sepsis These topics will be explored from the standpoint of both the adult and pediatric critical care populations.

Student learning goals

To describe the differential diagnosis, diagnostic approach and management of patients with acute respiratory failure

To describe the diagnostic and management approach to patients with sepsis

To describe the basic management principles of patients with severe trauma

To discuss the indications for initiating invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation

To describe important differences and similarities between adult and pediatric critical care

General method of instruction

There will be six 1 to 2-hour evening sessions from 5:30 to 7:20PM. These will include lectures, case presentations and workshops on communicating about prognosis in the ICU and airway management. . Students will spend one morning shadowing the Medical ICU rounds at Harborview Medical Center or the UW Medical Center and will spend one 4 hour period of time shadowing residents on call in the ICU at either institution. Students will also have two 2-hour bedside teaching session in the ICU with either Dr. Luks at HMC, Dr. Kritek at UWMC or Dr. King at Children's Hospital

Recommended preparation

Successful completion of HuBio 541 is the only pre-requisite for this class

Class assignments and grading

There is no dedicated course syllabus but supplemental articles will be made available for certain lectures.

Students will work as a group to complete a take home assignment with cases in critical care medicine

Students are graded on a pass-fail basis. In order to pass the class, students must: - Attend all but one of the didactic sessions - Spend one morning on Medical ICU rounds - Spend one four hour period shadowing residents on call - Attend two bedside teaching session - Complete the group take-home assignment


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Andrew M. Luks
Date: 11/29/2010