A wide variety of critical care didactic curricula are available for critical care trainees. Both medical and surgical ICUs have weekly didactic programs, and fellows are encouraged to participate in the didactic training of the unit where they are working. Didactic training covers the breadth of medical and surgical critical illness, journal clubs and evidence based-medicine, and case conferences and presentations. Fellows participate in a reading program with asynchronous resources available to supplement their critical care didactic program. Fellows are required to present cases and lectures in conferences periodically.
Fellows are required to participate in two non-clinical projects during their fellowship: a scholarly activity and a quality improvement project. The academic project could be comprised of original research, writing, review articles or book chapters, or another contribution to the development or dissemination of critical care knowledge. The quality improvement initiative will take the trainee through the plan-do-study-act methodology of quality improvement to learn the methods of continuous improvement in large complex organizations.
Fellows have $2400/year in academic funds that can be used for conference travel, professional memberships, books, and other educational resources to supplement the educational program.