Neuro-Critical Care Curriculum

  • 12 months - Neuro-ICU
  • 5 months - MICU, SICU, CICU, Neuroanesthesiology, Trauma
  • 2 months - Stroke, cEEG
  • 5 months - Research/Elective

Educational goals

The Fellow will gain expertise in the clinical management of patients with disorders or injury to the brain and/or spinal cord including:

  • Initial resuscitation and emergency treatment/diagnostic evaluation of catastrophic neurological conditions.
  • Critical care management and treatment of neurological conditions.
  • Transitioning patients to the neurological rehabilitation phase of their treatment.
  • The Fellow will gain knowledge and understanding of the collaborative interaction between neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists, emergency medicine, and trauma surgeons.
  • The Fellow will gain a working knowledge of the physiology and pathophysiology of catastrophic neurological conditions.
  • The Fellow will participate in available opportunities for clinical and/or research in ongoing and/or newly developed studies.

Expectations and duties

The fellow is expected to:

  • Follow all the rules and regulations of the Henry Ford Hospital Graduate Medical Education.
  • Attend all the didactic sessions required by the fellowship curriculum and as instructed by the program director.
  • Perform all the required clinical duties during the clinical rotations including attendance on time, rounds with the team and other patient care related activities e.g. Participate in the daily operation of the Neuro ICU and reporting directly to faculty responsible for the service, assessment of patients including clinical examination and diagnostic procedures, diagnostic procedures including radiologic and physiologic studies, interpretation of the above data leading to the decision making process, ultimately developing a treatment plan.
  • Participate as an active member of the Neuro ICU team, enabling him/her to gain the essential procedural experience to provide critical care efficiently and effectively.
  • Perform at least at a satisfactory level in the six core competencies of medical education in the individual rotations and on the semiannual evaluations.


Journal club: once a month meeting. Discussion of special articles published over the last month and analyzing the scientific benefit.

  • Weekly lectures: Provided by one of the Neuro ICU faculty to the residents and fellows covering basic aspects of NeuroCritical care.
  • Book reading sessions: allow for fellows to have a comprehensive one on one teaching sessions with the faculty. (6 months after start).
  • General Critical care didactics: These are provided through the other critical care divisions in the system throughout the whole year. Attendance is required if instructed and directed by the program director.
  • Ultrasound learning course: attendance throughout the year.
  • Advanced Trauma Life support (ATLS): passing the course is required by all fellows.

Evaluation process:

  • Fellows are evaluated online after each rotation and semiannually in person by the Director of the NeuroCritical Care Fellowship program.
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