IMED661MM.11 (Las Vegas)
Intensive Care

Office of Medical Education

Please contact the Department of Internal Medicine: Las Vegas to verify elective availability.

Goals/Objectives

  • Knowledge of basic care of the critically ill patient, as well as the pathophysiology, treatment and natural course;
  • To understand the principles of when to order tests, the indications, and the implications of the results;
  • Interpretation of the tests;
  • Knowledge of drugs, their uses and interactions;
  • Ability to perform a complete history and physical examination, daily ICU assessment and documentation, transfer and discharge summary of patients.

Description of Rotation

Didactic lectures given several times weekly. Daily rounds with attending physician and team in the intensive care unit. Specific reading assignments with oral presentations and discussions. Review patients' test results and write notes on patients daily. Student will be expected to assume primary responsibility of patients under the direction of a senior medical resident. Students will be expected to do necessary assigned reading to expand their knowledge base on diseases encountered during their ICU elective. The student will act as a sub-intern completing daily rounds and admissions with their team. They will have at least 1 weekend day off each week.

References/Materials

  • Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine
  • Kelly's Textbook of Internal Medicine
  • Rippe's Intensive Care Medicine The ICU Book, Marino
  • The ICU Book, Marino
  • Murray's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine, 2nd Edition

Evaluation Method

History/Physical examination skills, presentations, participation and attendance.

Grade

  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives