This course will be held again on Sept. 18-21, 2019.
The information contained on this site is for the 2018 program.  Information for the 2019 program will be available soon.

Keeping pace with the rapid changes in evidence-based critical care medicine is a challenge for specialty-trained intensivists; for non-intensivists, the challenge of staying up to date may be overwhelming. This cutting-edge CME course is intended to provide core clinical critical-care skills to health care providers who are not trained as intensivists but whose clinical duties involve taking care of critically ill patients. The focus of this course will be to highlight recent important evidence-based advances in the practice of modern critical care medicine.

Our outstanding faculty, recognized as experts in the field, will use diverse teaching methodologies including: didactic sessions, interactive case-based discussions, Q&As and procedural, clinical management and hands-on simulation practice sessions. These sessions will assess your reasoning and strategies for incorporating, synthesizing and applying core critical knowledge.

Master the skills you need to practice modern critical care medicine by customizing your learning experience

Choose from a variety of specific-population workshops that are included in your tuition, or take advantage of the hands-on and advanced training sessions to enhance your medical and procedural skills. The following intensive care problems and techniques will be addressed in this comprehensive course:

  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Ultrasound
  • End-of-life care in the ICU
    hock and vasopressors
  • Toxicology
  • Bleeding and transfusions
  • Sedation
  • Delirium
  • ARDS
  • Infections and antimicrobials

Hands-on Vascular Access

Select from 7 sessions

Hands-on Vascular Access

Practice your vascular access skills with our critical care procedural experts at our Vascular Access Workshop. During this workshop, you will receive individualized instruction in ultrasound basics and central venous catheterization for internal jugular, subclavian and femoral venous access, as well as ultrasound-guided peripheral IV insertion. You will have the opportunity to practice these skills, with supervision and feedback from our experts, on our ultrasound-compatible, high-fidelity task trainers. This workshop includes multiple stations for each skill to maximize instructor-to-learner ratios and allows learners to choose and move to the various stations at their own pace/skill level. Learners of all levels are welcome, as individual instruction is tailored to the needs of the learner.

Utilizing Point-of-Care Ultrasound in the ICU: A Hands-on Workshop for Ultrasound Novices

Friday, Sept. 28th

Advanced Echo Workshop
This workshop will provide ultrasound novices with tips, tricks and skills to evaluate decompensating patients in the ICU. Groups are small so that learners will have one on one attention from faculty as they practice ultrasounding live models. Learners will practice, basic cardiac echo for point-of-care evaluation to determine cardiac function, right heart strain, tamponade and volume assessments as well as basic pleural ultrasound skills to detect a pneumothorax, pleural effusion, and pulmonary edema. You will walk away with improved comfort and confidence to start using the ultrasound in the ICU. This course is designed for those with little (only using ultrasound for vascular access) to no ultrasound experience. Registration is VERY limited in order to ensure ample practice time and instructor attention.

Care of the Critically Ill Cardiac Patient

Friday, Sept. 28th

This workshop is designed for those who take care of patients in cardiac care units and cardiovascular intensive care units. This is intended for learners of all levels, including cardiologists who care for these patients. Taught by Harvard Medical School cardiologists, this advanced training will provide practitioners in CCUs and CVICUs with tangible strategies and novel ways to improve the care of critically ill cardiac patients, including:

  • Up-to-date evidence and advice on choosing the best mechanical circulatory-support devices
  • Tips for managing challenging heart-failure patients
  • Strategies to effectively care for post-TAVR patients

This workshop is a MUST for those who manage critically ill cardiac patients.  Early registration is encouraged due to limited space.

Simulation and Skills Lab Workshop at BIDMC

Saturday, Sept. 29th

Simulation and Skills Lab Workshop at BIDMC
Join us in our state of the art simulation center to test out the skills you learned in the course during a highly interactive and hands-on workshop. During this session, learners will participate in a high fidelity critical care simulation, practice airway management skills from a respiratory therapist and an anesthesiologist and learn how to place chest tubes, dialysis lines and more! Our multidisciplinary group of trained educators will bring you a high yield and interactive educational experience that you must not miss. Register early, space is limited!