Rotation Goals and Objectives

OHSU Medical Intensive Care Unit

Training in Critical Care Medicine is intended to provide fellows with the necessary cognitive, technical, and ethical/social skills to manage the most complex of medical conditions. Under the direct supervision of Critical Care Specialists, fellows gain the opportunity to evaluate, manage, and coordinate the care of a diverse population of patients.


The Anesthesia rotation is one month in duration and is intended to provide the fellow with necessary cognitive and technical skills to manage patients in need of assisted ventilation and undergoing general anesthesia. In addition, fellows are expected to gain familiarity with issues of perioperative risk reduction and complications arising from use of anesthetic agents, paralytics, and airway devices.

VAMC Intensive Care Unit

The VAMC Intensive Care Unit Rotation was developed with the goal of providing senior CCM Fellows experience in administration, management, and organization of Intensive Care Units. Fellows are expected to develop 1) leadership skills 2) an understanding of the role of regulatory agencies in shaping ICU care 3) a culture of safety and 4) skills necessary for technology assessment/guideline implementation. In addition, Fellows are encouraged to learn the fundamentals of disaster management and responses to threats from emerging infectious diseases and biological and chemical weapons.

Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit

Training in Neurosciences Intensive Care is intended to provide fellows with the necessary cognitive, technical, and ethical/social skills to manage a variety of complex neurologic and neurosurgical conditions. As part of the Neurosciences Intensive Care Team, fellows are provided the opportunity to evaluate, manage, and coordinate the care of this unique population of patients. Specifically, the rotation offers training in CT/MRI interpretation, peri-operative management, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury along with education in acute seizure management, control of intracranial pressure, and acute stroke intervention. In addition, fellows will provide general management of the non-neurologic aspects of care such as mechanical ventilation, hemodynamic interpretation and support.

Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital

Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital (LGSH) is a major tertiary care center in Portland, OR, with an independent medical residency program, and active full service patient care activities, including a renal transplant and cardiac surgery program.  The Kern Critical Care Unit (the Kern) is a state of the art medical-surgical intensive care unit, at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital.  It was the recipient of the 1996 Society of Critical Care Medicine Award for Best Designed ICU. The multidisciplinary unit houses 28 beds with an average occupancy of about 20.

Fellows have the opportunity to participate in direct patient care, along with co-management and consultative practice models. In this setting, fellows will be responsible for communication and interaction with private practice physicians and should learn the vital role of the intensivist in providing multidisciplinary care of patients in this setting. The service also has a large post-operative surgery population providing fellows the opportunity to gain experience in post-surgical pain, respiratory insufficiency, hemodynamic instability and peri-operative nutrition.

Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center

The Kaiser rotation provides a critical care experience in a community hospital caring for patients with a broad range of medical, surgical, and neurological illnesses. Fellows provide comprehensive critical care physician services; including admitting critically ill patients from the Emergency Department, responding to codes and airway emergencies, and providing daily ICU care. This is done in the context of a highly integrated group practice, which requires standardized care and effective transitions of care. There is an emphasis in the rotation on developing the leadership and communication skills needed to effectively lead a multidisciplinary care team. Kaiser is a fully integrated health care system, offering opportunities for insight into systems of care.