Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Didactics and Scholarly Activities

Lecture Series

As part of the educational mission of the fellowship, there are a variety of lecture series throughout the year

  1. Basic course:  Over the summer, there is a 9 week, 2 hours per week series of introductory lectures about basic pathophysiology and ICU management.  Lectures include cardiovascular physiology and basic TTE skill, renal physiology and renal replacement therapy, ventilator management and ARDS, palliative care, nutrition and basic resuscitation.
  2. Fellow lecture series: Every Thursday thoughout the year, there is a lecture dedicated to advanced topics in critical care.  This lecture series is multidisciplinary, featuring a number of speakers from other departments and disciplines.  Included in this series are talks on ICU billing, career and financial planning, ICU administration and job and contract negotiations.
  3. Interdisciplinary pulmonary critical care lecture series: Held every other Friday thoughout the year, fellows from anesthesia, surgery and pulmonary present lectures on high-level critical care topics of their choice.
  4. M&M: Fellow driven.  Held monthly
  5. Journal Club:  Fellow driven.  Held monthly
  6. Resident lecture series: As part of the core curriculum for our residents rotating through critical care, the fellows give a series of recurring lectures on basic critical care topics including sepsis, shock, neurological emergencies and ventilator management.  Lecture materials are provided to the fellow.
  7. Ultrasound lecture series: This series includes both a basic and advanced series of lectures designed to teach TTE skills, lung ultrasound, FAST exam and vascular access.
  8. Cardiovascular lecture series: A weekly series on Wednesday afternoon addressing topics specific to cardiovascular critical care
  9. Neurocritical care lecture series: A weekly series on Tuesday mornings addressing topics specific to neurological critical care
  10. Fellow grand rounds: Meant to be a capstone project, each fellow presents a high level talk on a topic of their choice.


Quality Improvement Activities

The ACCM fellowship expects fellows to be engaged with quality improvement (QI) and performance improvement (PI) priorities of our health system. Fellows will be involved with initiatives across the spectrum of patient safety, health care quality, and care transition. This will occur through participation in ICU leadership meeting, quality improvement committees, participation in specific QI projects, and completion of QI/PI didactic activities provided by our office of Graduate Medical Education (, among others.