IU School of Medicine



The Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at University Hospital provides the setting for a student's participation in patient care. The fourth year student is expected to participate in the comprehensive evaluation and management of the critically ill patient. They will have independent responsibilities including team communication, patient presentation, perform invasive procedures (under supervision) and research disease related topics. These include: 1. performing and documenting a daily comprehensive history and physical examination pertaining to the scope of critical care medicine, 2. performing vascular access procedures, 3. interpreting data related to invasive monitoring, respirator management and laboratory values and 4. intelligently discuss critical care issues in a systematic format. He/she will be the principle/first responder to a critically ill patient while in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Each student will be required to perform 1 call per week in-house.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Megan Rendina (mrendina@iupui.edu)

Director: Mark Falimirski, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health Melvin & Bren Simon Cancer Center, Surgical Intensive Care Unit (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Develop a systematic and thorough approach to ICU patient evaluation and management (MK4)
  • 2) Perform ICU-specific procedures based on indications learned throughout the experience/rotation (PC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation based on feedback from fellows, residents and nurse practitioners)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 60-80

Time Distribution: 95% Clinical; 5% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Megan Rendina (mrendina@iupui.edu) All on-campus surgery electives will be handled through the match. Post-match results, all additions and drops for surgery electives must be approved through Megan Rendina, Surgery Clerkship Coordinator at 274-7201 or mrendina@iupui.edu.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Students will work with the Surgical Intensive Care teams.

Service Learning Included: None