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Elective Title: 79MP700 — ICU-PULMONOLOGY


The course will provide an introduction to the care of the critically ill adult 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: Donna Fulkerson (drf@purdue.edu) and Tami Hunt (tami.hunt@franciscanalliance.org)

Director: Shahid Ahsan, M.D.

Campus: West Lafayette

Location: Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Lafayette East (Lafayette)

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes in handling seriously ill patients, requiring care in the ICU/CCU units (PC1)
  • 2. Demonstrate management of airway management, mechanical ventilation hemodynamic pressure monitoring; enteral and parenteral nutrition(PC5)
  • 3. Demonstrate management of shock (PC2)
  • 4. Demonstrate management of multi-system trauma; fluid and electrolyte therapy(PC3)
  • 5. Demonstrate written documentation skills(ISC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evalution Form; (Direct observation; Discussion with faculty, oral presentations).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: Hours will not exceed 80 hour work week averaged over a 4 week period as outlined in the Duty Hours Policy.

Time Distribution: 95% Clinical, 5% Library / Research

Elective Type Category: AC- Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Donna Fulkerson (drf.@purdue.edu) and Tami Hunt (tami.hunt@franciscanalliance.org) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH Contact Donna Fulkerson 765-496-7973 or drf@purdue.edu 8 weeks prior to enrollment.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Student will be an active member of the ICU team.

Service Learning Included: None