During the BIDMC internship and residency, there is a great emphasis on evaluating and treating critically ill patients. There are several different ICU experiences at BIDMC, including MICU Orange (residents & interns), Finard ICU (residents & interns), and MICU Green (residents only).
Each intern completes, on average, two critical care months per year
(usually one month in the medical ICU and one in the cardiac ICU). Critical
care rotations expose the housestaff to a breadth of common disease
processes, such as sepsis and septic shock, respiratory failure, and
life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding. The MICU Orange and MICU Green
teams are located on BIDMC's West Campus, and patients present with a broad
array of critical illness. The Finard ICU is located on BIDMC's East Campus
(also the location of the Oncology services and several operating rooms).
As a result, the FICU team frequently cares for oncology, obstetric, and
surgical patients who are critically ill. Surgical patients are generally
co-managed, allowing for a collaborative learning experience.
Highlights of Critical Care at BIDMC:
Procedures: While in the ICU, interns have opportunities to place
central venous lines and arterial lines and to perform other common
procedures such as arterial puncture, paracentesis, thoracentesis, and
lumbar punctures. These procedures are always done with supervision by
the attendings and the residents, but the intern is expected to be the
Attendings: In addition to critical care attendings who round with
teams each day, there is a dedicated critical care attending in the
hospital 24 hours a day at BIDMC.
Nurses and Respiratory Therapists: ICU nurses and respiratory
therapists at BIDMC frequently have > 10 years ICU experience and
are willing to teach interns and residents in their areas of expertise!
Teaching: Each morning before rounds, teams have a 30-45 minute lecture
on various ICU related topics. Lectures have included discussions about
early goal directed therapy, management of hypotension, vasopressors
and IV fluids, ACLS protocols, and mechanical ventilation. Every Friday
there is a journal club where one of the residents discusses a paper
pertinent to a medical issue encountered while taking care of a current
Schedule: Residents on call every third night, interns work in shifts
of 3 to cover the 24-hour day.