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This Critical Care selective will place a 4th year student in a community hospital adult ICU as an active member of a multidisciplinary ICU team. Students will encounter a diverse patient population including medical, surgical and neurological patients from Monroe and surrounding counties. Students will be expected to participate in bedside patient care and develop a basic approach to the diagnosis and management of common ICU conditions. Additional opportunities for pulmonary consults and pulmonary office medicine may also be incorporated. 

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Suzi Tolliver (stolliv@iu.edu)

Director: Wesley Ratliff, M.D.

Campus: Bloomington

Location: IU Health Bloomington Hospital (Bloomington)

Learning Objectives

    1. Describe the etiology and presentation of common critical care conditions. (MK2)
    2. Diagnose and develop a treatment plan for common critical care conditions such as respiratory failure, sepsis, shock and multisystem organ failure. (PC3)
    3. Recognize indications for and interpret tests used in the evaluation of the critically ill patient. (MK3)
    4. Participate in procedural interventions used in the care of the critically ill patient. (PC5)
    5. Apply basic knowledge of pharmacology, physiology and pathology to patient care in the ICU setting. (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 50-60

Time Distribution: 100% Clinical

Elective Type Category: AC - Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

ADD/DROP CONTACT PERSON: Suzi Tolliver (stolliv@iu.edu)

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

Clinical teams including nursing, pharmacy, respiratory, social work, among others. 

Service Learning Included: None