IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93SG950 — SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE


This course is designed to provide the student with experience and participation in the complete management of the critically ill or injured surgical patient in the Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Eskenazi Health. The student will participate with residents and faculty in the care of a broad spectrum of patients and will gain experience in resuscitation and monitoring technology, ventilator management, nutritional support, the workup and management of sepsis and invasive procedures commonly performed in the ICU ICU (Hemodynamic monitoring, arterial lines, chest tubes, central venous catheters, ultrasound). Daily teaching rounds, supplemented by lecture and review of current literature, will form the basis of faculty instruction.

Elective Details:

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

Director: Erik Streib, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Eskenazi Health Services - ICU (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Clark Simons, M.D., Thomas Hayward, M.D., Alison Fecher, M.D., Katie Stanton-Maxey, M.D., Oscar Viegas M.D., Christopher Eddy, M.D., Michelle Laughlin, M.D.

Learning Objectives

  • COGNITIVE OUTCOMES 1) Evaluate, diagnose, and manage critically ill surgical patients including patients with (MK, PC): organ failure; shock (hypovolemic, cardiogenic, distributive, toxic, anaphylactic heat); electrolyte and acid-base disorders; common poisonings (pesticides, caustic agents, drug overdoses (MK4)
  • 2) identify when a patient requires an ICU (MK,PC) (PC2)
  • 3) Plan and provide with input from resident/attending, the postoperative care and follow up (PC) (SBP1)
  • 4) Construct an appropriate knowledge base in (MK): the physiology of pre and post-op care; nutrition; hemodynamics; pain management; ventilator management; sedation; proper infection control techniques; surgical procedure (tubes placed, drains placed, lines placed, etc)); end-of-life issues (MK3)
  • 5) Access and evaluate medical literature related to patients


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Observations)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; Surgery clerkship must be completed

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours:

Time Distribution: 70% Clinical; 20% Lecture; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

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? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None