Resident Education
SICU and CCM Rotation

Training in the ICU is accomplished in three to six separate ICU rotations that will generally occur during the CA-1 and CA-2 training years.

Residents on rounds

Clinical base interns may also choose to participate in the ICU. We expect that the full spectrum of the goals and objectives listed below will be accomplished by the time the third to sixth rotation is completed. In addition, we will attempt to give graduated levels of responsibility to the resident during each ICU rotation.

Residents whose intern schedule requires completion of more than three ICU months will be given even more responsibility during later rotations and may be asked to function as acting ICU fellows.


Clinical base rotation: Clinical base residents will be closely supervised in all areas of the rotation. They will be expected to follow fewer patients than more advanced residents. All orders will be discussed with and approved by more senior residents or fellows. All procedures will be directly supervised by faculty, fellows, or more senior residents with proven competency in the involved procedure. Clinical base residents will be expected to carry out the agreed upon patient care plans and monitor results in all patients assigned to him/her.

CA-1 rotation: The CA-1 resident will be given an increased patient load. In addition, after documentation of sufficient experience and with attending approval, CA-1 residents may perform procedures semi-independently and assist in the supervision of clinical base residents in performing procedures. CA-1 residents will not initiate procedures or therapies without previous discussion and approval from the ICU fellow or attending, but will be expected to be more active in developing patient care plans.

CA-2 rotation: In addition to responsibilities of the CA-1 resident, the CA-2 resident will be given an increased patient load. The CA-2 resident will be expected to be very proactive in developing both initial patient care plans and plans in response to changes in a patient’s condition, discuss the plans with the fellow/attending, implement the plans, and closely follow the results. They will be expected to be aware of and practice well-established preventive/proactive medicine relevant to common critical care problems.


  • Understand the spectrum of critical surgical illness
  • Follow the course of postoperative critically ill patients:
  • Learn from observations of the postoperative course of critically ill surgical patients how to better care for critically ill patients intraoperatively
  • Assimilate and organize large amounts of information on critically ill patients
  • Develop competence in the placement and use of invasive hemodynamic monitoring tools
  • Recognize the critically ill patient who needs intensive postoperative care from the patient who does not require such care by concentrating on:
    • Physiologic, neurologic, respiratory, and hemodynamic instability
    • Need for close monitoring of neurologic status – high risk of continued bleeding or postoperative bleeding; free flap or graft viability
    • The patient with poor physiologic reserve neurologically, hemodynamically (cardiovascular), and respiratorily