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Program participants will spend five days working with adult patients receiving enteral and parenteral nutrition in the ICU setting. Upon completion of this program the participant will be able to:

  • Assess the nutrition status of critically ill patients utilizing appropriate anthropometric, laboratory and clinical data.
  • Create an evidence-based nutrition care plan assessing organ dysfunction and metabolic status.
  • Critically evaluate current research topics and papers related to nutrition support and lead discussion in rounds.
  • Incorporate the principles learned in daily discussion topics into the nutrition care plan.

In addition, participants will:

  • Receive an evidence-based learning module with core literature to support clinical practice.
  • Participate in and lead a journal club session.
  • Participate in daily multidisciplinary ICU rounds.
  • Write parenteral and enteral nutrition orders.


The Nutrition Consultation Service (NCS) has been a part Rush University Medical Center for over 20 years. The NCS team is comprised of clinicians from the Departments of Food and Nutrition, Pharmacy, Surgery, Gastroenterology and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine. Our CNSD dietitians are experts in the areas of parenteral and enteral nutrition, medical and surgical intensive care, solid organ and stem cell transplant, and gastroenterology. The breadth and depth of the experience of our large and diverse faculty allows program participants the opportunity to learn from many different clinical and interpersonal styles.

Sample Day

  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Journal club and patient case discussion with the Nutrition Consultation Service.
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Attend Surgical Intensive Care Unit Rounds and write parenteral nutrition orders.
  • 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Attend Medical Intensive Care Unit Rounds and write enteral nutrition orders.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch with a member of the Department of Food and Nutrition.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Attend GI rounds and interact with fellows and residents.
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Topic discussion, these may include nutrition support in pancreatitis, hemodynamic monitoring, probiotics in the ICU or a topic of the participant's choice.
Participants have the option of registering for one graduate credit or 40 continuing professional education units (CPEUs) from the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the American Dietetic Association. Upon completion of the program, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion.


A list of convenient transportation options and affordable lodging has been compiled to assist practitioners from outside the Chicagoland area. Please contact Anne directly with questions by phone at 312-536-6698 or via email at

Participants will also receive meal and parking vouchers throughout the five days.


To download a program application, please visit the ICU Nutrition Support Practicum home page. Please download and complete the application available at the bottom of the page. Instructions for the submission process are included with the application.

Photo caption (L to R): Pharmacy resident, Scott Mueller, Yimin Chen, MS, RD, CNSD and Chris Croley, MD, in Surgical Intensive Care Unit rounds.


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