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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

Critical Care (ICU) Clerkship

Clerkship Organization

The clerkship format consists of four weeks of clinical service in addition to patient simulations, PBLs, and lectures. Students will rotate at the end of the end of the first two weeks and must seek feedback of their clinical performance from faculty and housestaff they closely worked with. Students must also provide a self-assessment paragraph prior to the mid-way small group patient simulation exercise.

The participating ICU services are neurosciences intensive care unit (NSICU), cardiothoracic intensive care unit (CTICU), medical intensive care unit (MICU), and surgical intensive care unit (SICU). After two weeks, each student will switch to a different ICU service.

You are expected to work two of the six weekend days. This means you have four days off. If you work those weekend days, you can take four days during the week for interviews, assuming you don’t miss lectures, PBLs, simulations, and you must notify your team. We also grant one additional day without make up for interviews. We allow time for students to attend conferences involving their work, but only if they are presenting.


 FSM Program Objectives (Competencies)

 Clerkship Goals & Objectives

Detailed Goals and Objectives

Find comprehensive Critical Care Clerkship Goals & Objectives.

 Assessment and EPAs


ICU CPA form

Mobile Observation Forms (eMerg)

Student Evaluation Process

Written examination (30% of final grade):
Students take a multiple-choice exam at the end of the clerkship. Test questions come from material covered in core lectures, assigned readings, small group PBLD sessions/ patient simulator sessions, and are linked to objectives. (Passing standard=67% correct)

Final simulation-based examination (20% of final grade):
Students are evaluated on their performance during a 10-15-minute case simulation at the end of the clerkship. (Passing standard=6.5/10)

Clinical evaluation (40% of final grade):
ICU attendings and housestaff should provide regular and timely verbal feedback to students during the clinical rotation. Written evaluations of the student are completed by attendings and housestaff at the end of the clinical rotation.

Mobile Assessments (5% of final grade):
You are expected to have at least two (2) mobile EPA observations completed by a fellow or attending during this clerkship.

Participation during clerkship activities (5% of final grade):
Students are evaluated on their participation during PBLD and simulation sessions.

Final grades are: Honors, High Pass, Pass, Pass with remediation, or Fail.

Grading Rubric
Honors=89% or above AND student must meet passing standard on written and simulation exams.
High Pass=72-88% AND student must meet passing standard on written and simulation exams.
Pass=63%-71% OR student does not meet passing standard on written/simulation exam.
Fail=62% or below.

 Required Clerkship Clinical Experiences (Clerklog) and additional tools

Download the clerkship clerklog

Access the Clerklog online (requires NetID)

Reading assignments are available on eMerg. Articles consist of original landmark publications and pertinent review articles or consensus statements.


Khalilah Gates, MD 

Michael Ault, MD

Angela Gipson
251 E. Huron, F5-704
Phone: 312-926-8550
Fax: 312-926-4949