Before the American College of Graduate Medical Education added “Professional Education” to its list of core competencies for physicians and physician assistants, Surgical Critical Care (SCCS) already had multiple programs in place:
- SCCS Mortality and Morbidity conference—a monthly conference, where information is shared with the team on overall departmental trends in the care of our patients, and cases of patients with unfavorable or unusual outcomes are submitted. This is presented in a unique format, during which the team comes together to discuss and develop better ways to address these challenges.
- SCCS journal club—each month, a series of articles is presented by a critical care fellow or mid-level practitioner and attending team. These articles represent the cutting edge and deal with the controversial topics in critical care medicine.
- SCCS critical care text review—each month, we review one or more chapters in a current critical care textbook, reinforcing what we have learned and bringing newer clinicians up to speed on critical care topics.
- Renowned speakers—many of our clinicians have been or are on the national speaking circuit regarding critical care topics.
- Lunch and Learn—a weekly conference presented by critical care fellows, mid-level practitioners, attending physicians and guest speakers from within MedStar Washington Hospital Center and from other institutions.
- SICU/MICU lecture series—four times a week, residents, students and mid-level practitioners attend lectures presented by both the SCCS and medical ICU faculties in a structured set of lectures, repeated monthly.