The ICU rotation provides a good medical approach to the management of critical and often very unstable patients.
Since these cases are often very challenging diagnostically, and also very dynamic, they provide an excellent learning
experience, with ample opportunity for one-on-one discussion with the clinician, and for background reading. Students
have an opportunity to become familiar with use and interpretation of the advanced technical equipment available in the
ICU, and are also encouraged to perform and perfect technical skills such as catheterization of blood vessels and urinary
bladder, obtaining arterial blood samples, etc.
During the rotation, we encourage integration and a team approach among
the students, the ICU clinicians, and the nursing staff.
Students on the ICU service start daily at 7:00 a.m. Their day ends
when their cases are stable and all of the proposed diagnostics
have been completed (usually 6-7 p.m.). The students are
expected to SOAP the cases daily including weekends, and to be closely
involved in decision-making, diagnostics and
therapeutics, and present and discuss the cases at daily rounds. Students are internally
scheduled to assist in treatments in
the Intensive Care Unit. Weekend duties are distributed among all assigned students equitably.
Rounds are held daily
Monday through Friday at approximately 2 p.m.