Critical Care Education Curriculum

The REBELEM Team is proud to provide you with a Critical Care Education Curriculum that can be used for your residents, medical students, advanced providers as well as many other learners during their rotation. We realize now, more than ever, that providers are under high pressure to perform clinically in high stress environments like the Emergency Department and the Intensive Care Unit and provide high quality education at the same time. Our team would like to provide you with a quality resource to help you deliver a fun, dynamic, multimodal curriculum to your learners.

About the Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help maximize learning and help in long term information retention for your learners by utilizing a spaced repetitive multimodal learning.  We accomplish this by providing you with a pre-made video-based lecture, accompanied by a variety of educational downloadable (PDF Format) resources.  Prior to starting the video’s, you can have your learners complete a pre-test to quiz their pre-existing knowledge on a subject. We have an available teacher’s manual to help you as the facilitator go deeper in the material you are covering prior to watching the videos. The video can play beginning to end for your learners or be stopped at any point to discuss high yield points. We also provide a fill in the blank outline to help your learners stay focused during the video lectures. This will also be a useful summary tool that they can review later to recall the high yield points during the lecture. The curriculum also has some games that can be played during or after the lecture to help students learn in a fun exciting way. At some point after the video and class is completed you can have your learners complete a post test with an available answer key.

These resources were created at Geisinger Medical Center and used as our medical student and resident education curriculum, but it can also be used by individual learners as well and accomplish the same goals.

What is Included

We have included the links to each of the 4 major topics below.  You will find, embedded on the individual video post pages, our educational resources including:

  1. Pre-test w/ answer key
  2. Teacher Manual
  3. Lecture outline with fill in the blanks (summary)
  4. Games for each lecture
  5. Post-tests w/ answers for each lecture.

These courses are in PDF format and downloadable from the hyperlinks below. We recommend reviewing the lectures prior to teaching the course, and decide where you want to stop the video’s to discuss major points. Some portion of the video can be skipped if you your time doesn’t allow the full video presentation.

Our Topics Include

  1. Approach to Acute Respiratory Failure
  2. Basics of Mechanical Ventilation
  3. The Basics of Shock
  4. Management of Shock

The teacher’s manual includes times to assist learners and educators to quickly find the material they had questions about. The manual is a lot more detailed and includes pictures and graphs to help further explain certain concepts.

All of the tests have a blank version, another one with the answers, and where to find the content on the videos. All the tests contain the same questions, but in a different order. This will help judge if the learners are able to retain the knowledge.

The final test is all four tests into one. We use this at our institution at the very end of the month, and once again if the learner is back in the intensive care unit another month to evaluate retention. (FINAL TEST: Final Test – Everything)

Content Develop By:

Cassiopia L. Lippold, MD
Critical Care Fellow
Geisinger Medical Center, Danville PA
Board Certified in Nephrology

Alexis Macdonald MD
Critical Care Medicine Fellow
Geisinger Medical Center, Danville PA

Erin Walker, M.A., M.Ed.
GME Program Administrator
Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program
Geisinger Medical Center, Danville PA

Post Peer Reviewed By: Salim R. Rezaie, MD (Twitter: @srrezaie)

Cite this article as: Frank Lodeserto MD, "Critical Care Education Curriculum", REBEL EM blog, February 20, 2020. Available at:

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