About the Program

Didactic
This program offers weekly faculty-taught classes 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 electrocardiogram (EKG). Fellows also attend two three-day courses on transplant foundations and neuroscience through Houston Methodist’s Center for Professional Excellence. Grand rounds are offered by multiple service lines, including the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, to provide insightful, cutting-edge information. The program faculty also moderates its own intensive care unit (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.

Clinical Mentoring
Fellowship faculty mentors are highly qualified, with extensive experience in teaching, research, and 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 four hours each week or a minimum of 190 hours during the course of the program.

Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Utilizing the Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), the fellow participates in research, critiquing and synthesizing research for use in practice for the critically ill, and incorporating sound research conclusions into their practice. This may involve participation in existing research, developing best-practice guidelines or developing a new line of research.

Specialty Observations
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 health care professionals to observe and gain an appreciation for their roles on the ICU team.

Clinical Practicum
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.

Contact Us
Please contact us for additional information
Judith Ragsdale, PT
Critical Care Fellowship Program Director
Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St, M1-024,
Houston, TX 77030
jragsdale@houstonmethodist.org
713.441.1178