Critical care experience for Medicine occurs in three settings:
- Rotation in a closed ICU at the Robert J. Dole VA
- Rotation with Pulmonary/Critical Care Specialists in the MICU and CCU at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis
- Management from admission to discharge of all patients, including those admitted directly to the ICU, or who require intensive care at some point during their stay. This occurs at both Ascension Via Christi St. Francis and Wesley Medical Center.
Med/Peds residents are required to complete two formal ICU rotations, and regularly manage patients in the MICU, CCU, CTICU, Neuro ICU, and periodically the SICU as well. Critical Care experience for Pediatrics occurs in three possible settings:
- Rotation in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
- Rotation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (level 3)
- Available supervised moonlighting experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Med/Peds residents are required to complete one month of PICU, and three months of NICU. Moonlighting in the NICU is also available. A few extra notes about ICU training in Wichita:
- Wichita is the referral center for the majority of Kansas, as well as parts of Northern Oklahoma, so the ICUs are usually very busy.
- There are no fellows. Residents work directly with attending physicians to achieve patient management goals.
- Just as on the regular floor, residents are expected to develop and implement a management plan for their patients.
- Residents are expected to learn to manage ventilation on most patients, and to perform necessary procedures on all their patients. Supervision for procedures is provided until residents demonstrate ability to complete the procedure independently, with attending or senior resident backup