The Critical Care Medicine Residency program at Mercy Hospital St. Louis is affiliated with St. Louis University School of Medicine and is one of the largest critical care medicine residencies in the country. The two-year program educates residents in all aspects of critical care, including clinical patient management, ICU administration, critical care research, and the resolution of ethical and economic problems that confront the practicing intensivist on a daily basis. Formal lectures are provided five times per week.
The curriculum includes rotations through the pulmonary consult, the coronary, medical and surgical ICUs at Saint Louis University Hospital, as well as rotations through the multi-disciplinary ICU, nutrition support team, respiratory care, and the anesthesia service at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. The clinical ICU rotations emphasize primary care responsibility. Elective time is available within the departments of Medicine, Surgery, and Pediatrics at Saint Louis University and/or Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Basic and/or clinical research is also available during the second year at both institutions.
At Mercy Hospital St. Louis, the traditional medical, surgical, and neurosurgical intensive care units are combined into one multi-disciplinary intensive care unit under the administration of the Critical Care Medicine Department (CCM). During rotation through the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), house officers from the internal medicine, family medicine, transitional year, and OB/GYN residencies work closely with the CCM subspecialty residents and attending physicians.
The faculty consists of both full- and part-time staff. The full-time staff are base-trained in internal medicine and all have had training in critical care medicine. The part-time staff include physicians trained in pulmonary medicine, cardiology, infectious disease, general surgery, cardiovascular surgery and anesthesiology.