Critical Care Interest Group

Critical care physicians, also known as intensivists, oversee multi-disciplinary teams in the management of critically ill, complex patients on a regular basis and are often at the forefront of emerging medical crises – yet medical students do not typically gain much exposure to critical care until their clinical years. The Critical Care Interest Group (CCIG) aims to increase student awareness of critical care medicine and supplement both preclinical and clinical medical education by:

1) Describing critical care as a specialty and the different pathways to becoming an intensivist.

2) Hosting physician panels to characterize how critical care medicine relates to other medical and surgical specialties, discuss how research is conducted in the critical care setting, outline what a “day-in-the-life” of an intensivist looks like, and more.

3) Illustrating the types of patients seen in the ICU through interactive team-based learning exercises, grand rounds-style case discussions, and simulation lab workshops in coordination with curricular coursework.

4) Providing shadowing opportunities and disseminating information about other opportunities to spend time in the ICU during 3rd and 4th year.