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 new 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. Broad curricular categories include:

  • diagnostic skills and procedures;
  • therapeutic advances and interventions; and
  • up-to-date patient safety and quality improvement

The material will be presented in several formats including lectures, interactive case-based discussions and clinical management simulation sessions where participants’ clinical reasoning abilities will be assessed and strategies for incorporating, synthesizing and applying core critical care knowledge will be provided.

Our outstanding faculty, recognized as experts in the field, will lead individual didactic sessions, facilitate interactive discussion sessions, and direct simulation, procedural and clinical management practice sessions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate increased understanding of topical systems-based practice issues and in critical care, by describing the role of bundles in contemporary critical care medicine.
  2. Determine an appropriate sedation regimen for a variety of critically ill patients, and describe the risk and benefits of specific sedation regimens.
  3. Identify specific causes of delirium in critically ill patients, interpret signs of delirium in critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients, and formulate a treatment plan for a delirious critically ill patient.
  4. Diagnose brain death and develop an empathetic plan for discussing with the patient’s family.
  5. Rapidly assess causes of and determine appropriate initial treatment for patients in cardiopulmonary arrest.

Meet The Directors

Jeremy B. Richards, MD, MA
Peter F. Clardy, MD
J. Woodrow Weiss, MD

Optional Simulation and Skills Lab Workshop

Procedural and clinical management skills will be emphasized during the optional workshop at the Carl J. Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. This state-of-the-art facility offers the latest advances in medical simulation technology to replicate real-life patient care situations. Select procedural skills will be taught to complete your comprehensive training. Transportation will be provided. A separate registration fee applies.

Due to popular demand, a second session has been added this year. Register early – space is limited!

We are committed to providing the best clinical continuing education experience! The issues you face each day will be addressed in this comprehensive course as you learn from the brightest minds at Harvard Medical School.

Peter F. Clardy, MD
Jeremy B. Richards, MD, MA
J. Woodrow Weiss, MD
Course Directors