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The course will provide an introduction to the care of the critically ill patient with emphasis on the concept of titrated care. The student will be an active member of the ICU team and will be taught current concepts of: airway management and mechanical ventilation; hemodynamic pressure monitoring; enteral and parenteral nutrition; management of shock; management of multi-system trauma; fluid and electrolyte therapy. The student will gain an awareness of cost containment issues and the medical, legal, and ethical dilemmas of critical care. There will be one-on-one discussions about ventilators, hemodynamics, ARDS, SIRS, and complex medical and surgical care and general ICU medical management. There will be informal reading and presenting some assigned topics to discuss with staff to maximize learning.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iu.edu)

Director: Bilal Safadi, M.D.

Campus: Northwest-Gary

Location: Methodist Hospital

Learning Objectives

    1. Discuss the management of the critically ill patient including acute clinical syndromes, and abnormal hemodynamic and respiratory/pulmonary variables (MK4)
    2. Describe the etiology of common pulmonary/critical care medicine conditions (MK2)
    3. Diagnose and develop a treatment plan for common pulmonary/critical care conditions (PC3)
    4. Recognize indications for and interpret tests used in the evaluation of the pulmonary/critical care patient (PC2)
    5. Demonstrate an appropriate physical exam of patients (PC1)
    6. Apply basic knowledge of pulmonology and critical care medicine in the patient care setting (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (1. Direct observation of clinical performance by preceptor 2. Oral Case Presentation to course director 3. Discussion with preceptors/course director)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 50-60

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: AC- Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH Please contact Amy Han, PhD amyhan@iu.edu for approval prior to enrolling in this course

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None