The program offers a dynamic array of educational opportunities including faculty-taught classes each week on topics such as oxygen transport, artificial airways, arterial blood gases, lab values, neuro and cardiopulmonary pharmacology, mechanical ventilation, mechanical circulatory devices, cardiopulmonary and neurological pathology and surgeries, and EKG. Fellows also attend two 3-day courses on transplant foundations and neuroscience through Houston Methodist’s Center for Professional Excellence. Grand Rounds are offered in-house by multiple service lines, including the Center for Bioethics, and provide insightful, cutting-edge information. The program faculty also moderates its own ICU rounds, during which the fellow presents an interesting case for discussion between faculty, staff, and fellow. Additional learning opportunities are available through the hospital’s extensive in-house educational offerings
Fellowship faculty mentors are highly qualified, having extensive experience in teaching, research,and/or patient care in the ICUs. The fellow is mentored extensively at the beginning of each rotation. Mentoring is tapered gradually to allow the fellow to integrate new information into patient care. Fellows are mentored at least 4 hours each week or a minimum of 190 hours over the course of the program.
Research and Evidence Based Practice:
Utilizing the Iowa Model of Evidence Based Practice, the fellow participates in research, critiquing and synthesizing research for use in practice for the critically ill, and incorporating sound research conclusions into his or her practice. This may involve participation in an existing research project, developing best practice guidelines, or developing a new line of research.
Fellows observe a variety of procedures common to critically ill patients throughout the program, including diagnostic testing, interventional procedures, and surgery. In addition, the fellow meets with other professionals to observe and gain an appreciation for their roles on the ICU team.
Fellows participate in supervised, non-mentored patient care to enable them to integrate new knowledge and skills into their patient care. A faculty mentor is always available for questions during the practicum hours.