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Fundamentals of Critical Care Support



DATE: May 23 & 24, 2023

Day 1: 7:30am-5:00pm

Day 2: 7:30am-5:00pm

A two-day comprehensive course addressing fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. Hosted virtually via Zoom. Course faculty will present traditional didactic sessions followed by virtual breakout sessions using virtual simulations and case discussions.

Program Overview: The FCCS Curriculum is intended to introduce principles important in the initial care of critically ill/injured patients to physicians, physicians-in-training, nurses, and other healthcare providers who may or may not be skilled in critical care but who must care for such patients during early stabilization and in anticipation of the arrival of an intensivists, specialist or pending transfer of the patient to a tertiary center. As such, the course is designed:

  • To better prepare the non-intensivist for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged. 
  • To assist the non-intensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient. 
  • To prepare house staff for ICU coverage. 
  • To prepare nurses and other critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient. 

Target Audience: Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) is designed to prepare health care providers caring for unstable, critically ill or injured patients. Likely participants include:

  • Hospitalists caring for potentially unstable, critically ill or injured patients 
  • Advance Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants with limited responsibility for critically ill patients 
  • Rapid Response/Medical Emergency Team members 
  • Critical Care Fellows beginning their training 
  • Emergency Medicine physicians 
  • Nurses caring for complex and potentially unstable patients 
  • Pre-hospital providers with lengthy patient transfer times

Educational Objectives: At the conclusion of the program, the participant should be able to:

  • Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill or injured
  • Select appropriate diagnostic tests. 
  • Identify and respond to significant changes in the unstable patient. 
  • Recognize and initiate management of acute life-threatening conditions. 
  • Determine the need for expert consultation and/or patient transfer and prepare the practitioner for optimally accomplishing transfer.

Zoom Etiquette: Business casual is very appropriate for this conference. To earn full credit for the course, participants must enable their video feed and are asked to mute their audio. Participants may unmute to ask questions and participate in class discussions. 

Registration Fees:

Physicians (Attendings and Residents): $550
Non-Physicians (PAs, NPs)$450
Allied Health (RN, EMT, RT, students): $350


Deadline: Registration will be closed when space is full or 2 weeks from the event. 

Confirmation: All who are accepted for registration will receive email confirmation and directions.

This program is jointly Sponsored by the Department of Critical Care Medicine and the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School Office of Continuing Education.

It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all activities. All faculty participating in CME activities sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School are required to present evidence-based data, identify and reference off-label product use and disclose all relevant financial relationships with those supporting the activity or others whose products or services are discussed. Faculty disclosure will be provided in the activity materials.

Continuing Education Credit
The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The UMass Chan Medical School designates this live continuing medical education activity for a maximum of 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This offering meets the requirements for 17.2 contact hours for nurses as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in nursing (244-CMR 5.04). Each nurse should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Other professionals will be eligible for 14.25 continuing education hours from the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School.