Critical Care


The Department of Critical Care is committed to providing a practical, hands-on approach in the care of the acutely ill. We accept electives of 2 to 4 weeks in length. Electives are granted on a first come first serve basis, however elective requests will not be processed until after the 4th Year Mandatory Internal Medicine Rotation schedule has been distributed in the spring. Residents from Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, Emergency, Family Medicine and all Surgical Programs rotate through the Intensive Care Units at varying times during their training. This, combined with the daily teaching and excellent nursing and support staff, helps to make the ICU rotation one of the most sought after electives at The Ottawa Hospital.

We are committed to accepting our full complement of students during the 4th Year Mandatory Internal Medicine rotations that run from the middle of November until the end of March, and we are usually unable to accept electives during that time. If you have requested Critical Care in your 4th year Internal Medicine rotation, please dont schedule an elective unless you are truly interested in two Critical Care rotations in your 4th year. In this way we can accommodate all students interested in Critical Care.

As Critical Care is a very popular rotation, it is important that students commit to the elective, and if for some reason they must cancel, at least 4 weeks notice is required.

While in the units, the students are part of the multidisciplinary team and are expected to take responsibility for patient care. They are also expected to take supervised in-house call alongside senior residents, including weekends. The amount of call will vary depending on the number of junior (PGY1) residents we have at that time, but no more than 1:4 call will be assigned.

Attire should be professional-casual. If you have a lab coat you are welcome to wear it, however we do not provide them.

Residents rotate on a 4 week block schedule and our call schedules are set accordingly.

Call schedules are completed and distributed 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the new block. Requests for no call days need to be made at least 3 weeks before the beginning of the block.

The Critical Care Fellows rotate on a monthly basis and there is usually one or two on duty in the unit at any given time. Students are expected to report to the Fellows. If a fellow is not assigned during your rotation, then you are to report directly to the Intensivist on duty.

You are responsible for having your evaluation completed by a Critical Care Fellow at the end of your rotation. If there is no fellow assigned to the unit during your elective, please ask the most intensivist with whom you have had the most contact with to complete the evaluation.

Your feedback is important to us. Please take the time to complete the Evaluation of Your Rotation form at the end of your elective. With your assistance we can continue to improve the elective experience for medical students and residents.

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