Critical Care is an important component of graduate surgical education. The Critical Care Service for Surgery (CCSS) works within the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) and participates in the management of all patients in that unit. The CCSS also participates in the management of surgical patients in other units as well as consults on selected medical critical care patients.
The educational experience includes daily teaching rounds and lectures. These lectures cover a broad range of topics in critical care. Additionally, trainees participate in weekly ICU Grand Rounds and Journal Clubs. Clinical experience on the rotation includes ventilatory management, hemodynamic monitoring and co-management of all critically ill surgical patients admitted to the CCSS. Clinical research projects are pursued in the critical care units. General Surgery residents can take a critical care fellowship to qualify for the Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgical Critical Care.
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