Department of Critical Care Medicine International Observer Program

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The Medical Surgical ICU at Boston Children’s Hospital is a state-of-the-art 29-bed PICU with one of the highest volume pediatric ICU’s in the country. With just over 2,000 admissions annually the MSICU provides all critical care services for our very active programs in medicine, general surgery, transplantation, neurosurgery, craniofacial reconstruction, orthopedics, otolaryngology and trauma. The MSICU also houses the first hospital-based Simulation Suite in a Boston Teaching Hospital enhancing the training of critical care physicians and nurses in crisis management. In addition, the unit serves as one of the most experienced and largest extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) programs in the United States with over 1,500 children treated.

The Division of Critical Care Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital welcomes physicians from all nations to apply to observe in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) for a month-long rotation. In the past ten years, we have had physicians from twenty-one countries observe in our Division and we hope to expand the breadth of observers even further in the upcoming years.


What to expect as an Observer in the MSICU

As an international observer in our MSICU you will join morning conferences (a combination of simulation activities, hands-on experiences, and didactic lectures), participate in daily morning rounds, attend monthly conferences, have access to the hospital’s medical library, and utilize the web-based educational resource, OPENPediatrics.

Your typical day will be as follows:

7:30 AM

 Daily Morning Conferences

8:15 AM – 8:30AM

Unit Bed-control Rounds

8:30 AM – 10:30AM / 11AM

Medical Rounds

12 PM – 2pm

Daily/Weekly/Monthly Conferences

2pm- end of day

 Ad hoc teaching, independent learning time

As guests of Boston Children’s Hospital, observers are not allowed to have any physical contact with patients. While an observer may be present during case discussions, s/he may not directly participate in case advisement and under no circumstances, should discuss any patient seen or encountered (this includes verbal, written and electronic communication).

See here for more information: Observer Expectations

Additionally, no letters of recommendation or evaluations by MSICU fellows or attendings will be provided as a result of this observership.

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