Program Goals

Trauma care

  • Become proficient in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Learn current guidelines and best practices for the care of trauma patients
  • Develop as a leader and integral member of the trauma team

Critical care

  • Develop competency in the care of the critically ill and critically injured patient in line with current evidence based practice
  • Learn and apply ventilator management
  • Master critical care pharmacology and vasopressor management
  • Understand critical care infectious disease and antibiotic management
  • Gain exposure to and understanding of  mechanical support devices
  • Learn the interaction between palliative medicine and critical care

Obtain the following practical skills

  • Central line placement
  • Arterial line placement
  • Midline placement
  • Chest tube insertion
  • First assisting in the operating room
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bedside tracheostomy and PEG tube placement
  • Laceration repair and complex wound care
  • Chest x-ray and body CT imaging interpretation

Incremental goals

Months 1-3
  • Orient to the trauma and critical care services
  • Complete Advanced Trauma Life Support
  • Master the primary and secondary trauma survey
  • Complete FCCS
  • Participate in team based care with increasing responsibility
Months 4-6
  • Anticipate the needs of the acutely injured patient as an integral team member
  • Care for a panel of critically ill patients with support of an experienced clinician
  • Develop procedural skills
Months 7-9
  • Manage more complicated patients with greater independence
  • Gain confidence in procedural skills
  • Develop leadership skills within your clinical teams
Months 10-12
  • Function as a team leader in the trauma bay
  • Participate in overnight call including trauma and critical care admissions
  • Care for critically ill patients independently while in a team based environment