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Curriculum

Clinical Training
The program can be one or two years in length, depending on your career goals and the requirements of the specialty board supplying your certification. Each year of the program will include six to eight months of critical care medicine assignments. The remaining months will be filled with your choice of elective rotations in related fields.

Rotation Schedule
The following is a typical rotation schedule:

Year One Length
Critical Care Medicine
- Anesthesiology
- Intensive Care
9 months*
Electives** 1-3 months
Year Two (if applicable) Length
Critical Care Medicine
- Anesthesiology
- Intensive Care
7 months*
Electives** 5 months

* At least one month is spent in a "subconsultant" role, directly supervising a busy ICU team of physicians and paramedical staff.

** Electives may consist of: ICU nutrition, chest radiology, trauma, pediatric critical care, neurological/neurosurgical critical care, coronary care, nephrology critical care, bronchoscopy, chronic ventilator dependency unit,cardiovascular surgery, infectious diseases, echocardiography, sleep medicine, pulmonary function laboratory and anesthesiology.

Didactic Training
Didactic training is an integral part of Mayo Clinic's Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. You will participate in:

  • Clinical case conferences
  • Core curriculum lectures
  • Introductory lecture series
  • Journal clubs
  • Key word phrase mini-lectures
  • Morbidity and mortality conferences
  • Oral board reviews
  • Subspecialty mini-lectures
  • Written board reviews
  • In-training exams

Research Training
Your research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. During the course of this fellowship, you will design and complete a research project under close mentorship from one of our clinician-researchers. Opportunities for both clinical studies and laboratory-based projects exist.

Teaching Opportunities
Fellows have the opportunity to teach Mayo medical students; visiting students from other medical schools; surgery, pediatric and internal medicine residents; and other anesthesia residents through operating room instruction and formal didactic lectures.

Call Frequency
Mayo follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) regarding call frequency. Call schedules vary by individual rotation, but call is approximately every third to fourth night. This allows a day after call with no direct patient care responsibilities and at least one weekend-day off per week.

Evaluation
To ensure acquisition of adequate knowledge and development of appropriate technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of critical care training. Formal evaluation by supervising faculty members occurs quarterly, and each trainee is assigned a faculty adviser for the purpose of providing feedback. Fellows receive a written clinical competence evaluation by the Chair of the Clinical Competence Committee twice each year. These evaluations are forwarded to the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), which grants credit for training.

In addition, trainees regularly evaluate rotations and faculty to ensure education needs are met and to provide feedback to the faculty to guide their efforts to improve the program.

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