1. To gain skills in the evaluation and treatment of critical care and medical resuscitation. To recognize those patients requiring admission to the intensive care unit (Medical knowledge, practice-based learning).
2. To build leadership skills is medical resuscitation as the team leader for all codes within the medical center. (Practice-based learning, system-based practice).
3. To learn a rational approach to diagnosis and effective resource utilization (System-based practice).
4. To master ventilator management, resuscitative procedures, and the use of hemodynamic monitoring in the setting of critical illness (Medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, system-based practice).
5. To specifically manage and understand the pathophysiology of pneumonia, sepsis, renal failure, obstructive lung disease, myocardial ischemia/infarction, pulmonary embolism, CHF, liver failure, inflammatory bowel disease, GI bleeding, stroke, TIA, and DKA (Medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement).
Each third year resident spends one month as the senior resident in Vanderbilt's Medical Intensive Care Unit. Call is usually every third night. The resident manages a high volume of critically ill patients and is responsible for supervision and education of the other interns and medical students on the service.
Residents have daily morning didactic conferences with the critical care fellows and daily teaching rounds with attendings.
Written feedback from critical care faculty with whom the resident works.
Direct bedside feedback, written formatted rotation evaluation.