Educational Curriculum & Conferences

A robust, structured didactic curriculum is offered to create a rich educational environment, including lectures, selected readings, hands-on courses, journal club, and M&M conference.

  • Book Chapter Review: Fellows present on a critical care topic based on the ‘Parrillo: Critical Care Medicine’ textbook chapter assigned for each week, in collaboration with the designated staff moderator. Various formats can be used based on the fellow’s choosing, including PowerPoint presentations, board review questions, point-counterpoint discussions, article presentations, or a combination of formats. (Tuesdays 1–2pm)
  • Staff Conference: Faculty from multiple critical care departments, and other specialties (Cardiology, Pulmonary Hypertension, Nephrology, Infectious Disease), give lectures on a diverse array of critical care topics, pathophysiology, cutting edge treatments, and evidence-based management of critical care conditions. Towards the end of the academic year, staff will present and discuss board review questions with the fellows on a different topic each week. (Thursdays 2-3pm)
  • SICU M&M: Fellows will present selected cases for review, which are discussed with the faculty and other fellows. This important conference is designed to promote an educational discussion of each case and review of the current literature. (monthly, October–July)
  • Critical Care Grand Rounds: Hospital-wide lecture series for all critical care fellowship program trainees on various topics in critical care medicine. (Fridays 12–1pm)
  • Ultrasound/ECMO Curriculum: 12-week course with didactics and simulation in POCUS and ECMO. (August–November; Thursdays 12:30–2pm)
  • SICU Journal Club: Monthly formal journal club for SICU fellows & staff, with lunch provided. Landmark and current papers in various critical care topics are presented by the fellows with an assigned staff moderator to guide the discussions. This allows us to continually evaluate the latest literature and provide evidence-based care to our critically ill and injured patients. (monthly, August–July)
  • Research Meeting: Monthly research meeting among fellows and staff to generate research project ideas, monitor progress, review data and help guide the fellows to project completion. One written manuscript required at end of year. As a fellow, you have access to medical library resources, as well as medical writing and statistical support services. (monthly, Tuesday 2–3pm)
  • Regional/National Conferences: The fellowship program sponsors attendance at the annual SCCM Clinical Congress as well as the local Detroit Trauma Symposium for the fellows
  • Educational Materials: The program provides each fellow with 2 critical care textbooks and 2 board review question books at the start of the academic year. In addition to this, each fellow is given a Professional Development Fund of $1,500.
  • In-Service Exam: Fellows take the SCCM MCCKAP exam annually (typically in March)
  • Optional Conferences: Department of Surgery M&M, Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Trauma/Acute Care Surgery M&M, Trauma Peer Review, Institutional Trauma Committee Meeting

Additional Training

  • 12-week Ultrasound & Intro to ECMO Curriculum
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) Course
  • Henry Ford Hospital International POCUS Course
  • Henry Ford Hospital Focused Echo Course
Information for Applicants
Interested in applying to one of our programs, call (800) 436-7936.

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