Academics and Research

Electives

Pulmonary Hypertension

Rotating through this service provides focused exposure to the pulmonary hypertension patient population. Fellows will be involved in performing and interpreting procedures employed in the diagnosis and treatment of these patients including right heart catheterizations and echocardiography.

Extra ICU Months

Fellows can choose to have an extra rotation in the ICU of their choice to support the development of the research and clinical interests.

Outside Electives

Fellows can choose to have an away rotation in Burn or Trauma if in support of research and clinical interests.

Nephrology Consults

Rotating through nephrology consult service will allow more exposure to renal replacement therapy and management.

Infectious Disease ICU Consults

Rotating through infectious disease consult service while focusing on the intensive care unit patients.

Procedural training

 

The fellows will master basic procedural techniques as well as make the transition from a resident to acting more as a specialist in the ICU.

By the end of their training, fellows will not only have had the chance to master common Critical Care procedures, but will also have had the opportunity to gain experience with more advanced and specialized procedures including:

  • Airway management
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Point-of-care ultrasound
  • Ventilator management
  • Vascular access
  • Pleural procedures, including thoracentesis and chest tube placement
  • Extracorporeal life support management
  • Right Heart Catheterization
Research opportunities

We encourage our fellows to seek out a mentor early in their training. Fellows present their research projects at one of the annual critical care conferences, either Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Conference or the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Conference.

Those pursuing clinical research are encouraged to participate in the Rush Master of Science in Clinical Research program. This two-year, thesis-requiring graduate program trains health care professionals to perform and evaluate clinical research and prepares you to successfully apply for a National Institutes of Health K Award. A year of didactic lectures is followed by a year of mentored clinical research.

Academic conferences

Fellows and faculty participate in two weekly conferences which are shared with the Pulmonary Department at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. In addition, there are various other conferences that occur on a bi-weekly or monthly basis.

  • Core Curriculum Conference
  • Clinical Case Conference
  • Journal Club
  • Palliative Care Conference
  • Morbidity & Mortality Conference
  • Med/Surg Morbidity Mortality (multi-disciplinary)
  • Critical Care Pharmacy Conference
  • Ultrasound Conference
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Critical Care Medicine Grand Rounds
Medical education

The faculty and the fellows of the division are involved with educational initiatives throughout the university. This includes structured teaching in the medical school but also offers opportunities for interdisciplinary involvement with other departments including respiratory therapy, advanced practice providers and clinical nutrition.

In addition to teaching students throughout the medical center, our division is significantly involved with the training of our internal medicine and emergency medicine residents. Our intensive care rotations are consistently among the highest rated by house staff.

In addition, the Office of Mentoring Programs within Faculty Affairs offers a teaching excellence course to faculty and fellows who engage in educational scholarly activities.