Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

Critical Care 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.

All students meet for weekly lectures (currently on Wednesdays from 11am -1pm). 

 Goals & Objectives

Detailed Goals and Objectives

Find comprehensive Critical Care Clerkship Goals & Objectives.

 Grading & Evaluation

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 problem-based learning sessions and patient simulator sessions.

Students are also evaluated on their preparedness and participation in PBL/simulator sessions as well as their performance during a 15-minute case simulation on the final day of the clerkship.

The attending intensivist (and housestaff) should provide regular and timely verbal feedback to students during clinical rotation. The attending will complete a written evaluation at the end of the clinical rotation.

Final grades are honors, pass or fail.

 Tools & Readings

Download the clerkship clerklog

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


Thomas Corbridge, MD

Michael Ault, MD

Angela Gipson
251 E. Huron, F5-704
Phone: 312-926-2537
Fax: 312-926-4949