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Introduction to Critical Care in Emergency Medicine


Early critical interventions are essential in the Emergency Department, especially if you work in primary treatment centers and rural Emergency Departments. This course is designed to prepare third and fourth year medical students and EM interns to provide critical care to ICU-bound patients who are transitioning to a higher-level of care. Our goal is to ensure you are equipped to provide consistent, evidence-based care with the most up-to-date and relevant knowledge applicable to these fields.

The majority of the course will take place online with a hands-on session taking place at AAEM’s Annual Scientific Assembly.

Course Registration Limit: 30 participants

Target Audience: Third and fourth year medical students and emergency medicine interns


Course fees cover both online and in person pre-conference registration costs. Registration to attend AAEM's Scientific Assembly is not included.

Critical Care Medicine Section of AAEM (CCMS-AAEM) members receive free course registration! Learn more about joining CCMS-AAEM.

  • AAEM/RSA Member: $40
  • Resident or Student Non-Member: $80
  • CCMS-AAEM Resident and Student Members: Free

Registration is now closed.


The course runs for 2 months (February-April, 2023), with bi-monthly zoom sessions (2 hours in duration each) and quizzes (2 bi-monthly). There will be an in-person session (5 hours) held at AAEM23 as a pre-conference course.

Online Dates

  • February 1, 2023: Course starts with introductory video (no formal Sunday session)
  • February 19, 2023: Lectures 1 and 2 - February 19th (lectures and quizzes sent February 6th, reminder to finish quiz the Monday before the Sunday session)
  • March 5, 2023: Lectures 3 and 4 - March 5th (lectures and quizzes sent February 20th, reminder to finish quiz the Monday before the Sunday session)
  • March 19, 2023: Lectures 5 and 6 (lectures and quizzes sent March 6th, reminder to finish quiz the Monday before the Sunday session)
  • April 2, 2023: Lectures 7 and 8 - April 2nd (lectures and quizzes sent March 20th, reminder to finish quiz the Monday before the Sunday session)
  • April 9, 2023: Lecture 9 (optional – POCUS) - April 9th (lecture and quiz sent April 3rd, reminder to finish quiz the Friday before the Sunday session)

*All 2023 dates are Sunday’s, and times are 8:00pm EST / 7:00pm CST (2 hours in length)

In-Person Date

April 21, 2023: In-person session held at AAEM23 in New Orleans, Louisiana (practical)

Learning Objectives

To learn more about the course objectives and requirements, please view the course syllabus.

Course Directors

Matthew Carvey MD, FP-C

Ava Omidvar MSIV, MPH, FP-C

Testimonials from Past Participants

“This course gave me the confidence to approach critically ill patients from intubation to ventilation. I was very happy to take some time during my 4th year of medical school to help prepare me for the rest of my career in emergency medicine.” - Lauren K. Rosenfeld, MD

"When I first signed up to take the course, I was intimidated and thought maybe my knowledge base and skills weren't as advanced as some of the others in the class. I quickly realized that this course is designed to teach and bridge the gaps in knowledge and understanding regarding critical care and EM regardless of your initial skill level. I feel more confident in my upcoming 4th year electives by participating with hands on cases due to the skill set we practiced at AAEM’s Scientific Assembly." - Emily A. Esposito

“This course was a great introduction to the important topics within critical care medicine. The material we learn included topics we discuss at the hospital, and thanks to this course, I was able to better understand what everything was! I recommend this course to everyone, especially since the best part is the final session when we all meet up and put our new skills to the test! - Jordan Eichelser

"For a very manageable time commitment, the Critical Care Course provides a comprehensive review of core critical care topics and an essential introduction to a broad spectrum of more advanced topics. Developed by students for students, the course is approachable and targeted. For any students looking to develop their knowledge prior to an ICU or other critical care rotation, I could not recommend this course more highly." - Rob Canning


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