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Curriculum

The Neurocritical Care Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Florida is designed to provide the necessary skills for efficient delivery of high-quality care to critically ill patients, particularly those with neurological and neurosurgical illness in the intensive care unit (ICU). Through this program, Neurocritical Care fellows become competent in critical care management and procedures for these patients in the ICU.

In addition, fellows have the opportunity to learn about the business and administrative aspects of ICU-based care necessary for successful implementation of quality care and quality-improvement initiatives. The curriculum also covers the processes of and the accrediting bodies for delivery of acute stroke patient care.

Rotation schedule

The 24-month curriculum includes the following core rotations.

Rotation Duration
Neurocritical care 8 months
Critical care (medical, surgical) 4 months
Neurotrauma at Shands Jacksonville 1 month
Transplant critical care (lung or liver) 1 month
Neuroanesthesia 1 month
Electroencephalogram 2 months
Transcranial Doppler 1 month
Electives or research 6 months

Each month, fellows have primary responsibility to the assigned clinical or elective rotation. Each rotation has specific goals and learning objectives that are reviewed at the beginning and end of each rotation.

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs, didactic courses and one-on-one instruction are an integral part of the Neurocritical Care Fellowship.

Conferences

Throughout your fellowship you will participate, and periodically present, at weekly conferences, including:

  • Neurocritical care conferences
  • Critical care conferences (medical, surgical, transplant)
  • Intensive care unit conferences
  • Electroencephalogram conferences

Additional conferences available to Neurocritical Care Fellows include:

  • Transcranial Doppler conferences
  • Medical Grand Rounds
  • Neurological Grand Rounds

Mayo Clinic's departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Critical Care offer journal clubs and conferences that are available to fellows, as well.

During research elective rotations, you are required to attend Center for Translational Science Activities (CTSA) webcasts, which include topics on statistical design and research methodology.

Evaluation

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your cognitive and procedural skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of this fellowship. You will be evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation and will meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you will have opportunities to regularly evaluate the faculty, as well.

  • May 22, 2012
  • ART057130