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Objectives Methods
Increase basic knowledge and clinical skills Home study questions with answers and review
 Prepare candidates for written and oral board exams  Seminar with Powerpoints and lecture-note syllabus
Provide practicing physicians with a review and update Practice exams for your written and oral boards
Surgical Critical Care Review
August 11-13, 2017 Chicago
(Now offering SA Credits!)
Please select your registration type, hotel room requirements, and syllabus needs.

Designation: The Osler Institute designates this Live activity for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Osler Review provides up to 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™  and   self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program.

This course Will be held at: A location yet to be determined.

The Surgical Critical Care Review is a 3-day seminar consisting of: didactic lectures (with searchable e-syllabus containing PDFs of all PowerPoint presentations), Question and Answer time at the end of each topic, and dedicated Question and Answer sessions at the end of the day.  This comprehensive review is designed to update your clinical knowledge-base as well as to help you pass your Critical Care Surgery exams (certifying and MOC).  Emphasis is on evidence-based medicine and board-relevant standards of care, incorporating current best practice concepts, surgical approaches, preoperative evaluation, and clinical follow-up strategies.  As a result, it provides a good review for your ABS sub-specialty exams as well as providing a thorough Surgical Critical Care review for physicians in practice.  Many of our previous participants found the course provided them with improved diagnostic and management strategies, a better understanding of the best surgical approach for the principle areas covered by Critical Care Surgeons, and helped them recognize areas of weakness for self-study.

Topics covered: Abdominal Trauma *** Acute Abdomen *** Anesthetic Complications and Pain Management *** ARDS and Respiratory Failure ***  Bleeding, Coagulation, Thrombosis and Pulmonary Emboli *** Compartment Syndromes: Extremity, Abdominal and Thoracic *** Ethical and Legal Issues in Surgical Critical Care Medicine *** Fluids, Electrolytes and Acid-Base *** GI Bleeding and Intra-Abdominal Problems in the ICU *** Hemodynamic Assessment, Swan Ganz, Inotrope and Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump  *** Infectious Disease Management and Antibiotic Choices *** Management of Endocrine Emergencies *** Managing Adult and Pediatric Transplant Patients in the ICU *** Metabolism and Nutrition *** Neurosurgical Critical Care *** Oxygen Transportations and Ventilator Management  *** Pediatric Trauma and Emergencies *** Pelvic Trauma *** Perioperative Management of the Acute Cardiac Surgery Patient: Adult and Pediatric  *** Renal Physiology and Renal Failure (acute and chronic)  *** SIRS and MOD and Sepsis Standards of Care *** Thermal Injuries: Burns, Frost Bite and Hypothermia *** Thoracic Trauma *** Toxins and Antidotes *** Tumor Lysis Syndrome and Other Metabolic Complications *** Oncologic Emergencies

The Osler Institute is going green and providing our attendees with the latest technology to assist in their review. Each registrant will receive upon arrival at the course, a USB drive with searchable PDF copies of the presentations offered during the review. A printed syllabus can be preordered for a small additional fee. Repeat Discount and Guarantee: For details and restrictions see:

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Surgical Critical Care Home Study Audio Review Feb. 2016 edition


Learn on the go - with nearly 20 hours of material recorded at our live review courses.  The Osler Institute utilizes state of the art equipment to record each of our review courses. Then, based on participant feedback, compiles a set of lectures including the top ranked speakers for each of the topics covered. Each USB Drive includes the lectures in MP3 format - listen to on your phone, computer, or load onto your MP3 player
Included with each set is an electronic copy of the syllabus that corresponds with the audio lectures.

Sample Audio

Section 1: ARDS and Respiratory Failure by Gregory York  ***  Oxygen Transport and Ventilators Management by Gregory York  ***  SIRS, MODS and Sepsis Standard of Care by Gregory York  ***   Acute Cardiac Surgery Patients by Ahmed Mahmoud  ***  Adult and Pediatric Transplant Patients by Ahmed Mahmoud  ***  Anesthetic Complications and Pain Management by Ahmed Mahmoud  ***  Surgical Cases I by Phillip Zaret   ***  Surgical Cases II by Phillip Zaret  ***  Surgical Cases III by Phillip Zaret 
Section 2:  Abdominal and Pelvic Trauma I by Gregory York  ***  Abdominal and Pelvic Trauma II by Gregory York  ***  Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Principles by Gregory York  ***  Fluids, Electrolytes and Acid-Base by Gregory York  ***  Ethical and Legal Issues by Gregory York  ***   Renal Physiology and Chronic Renal Failure by Gregory York  ***  Questions and Answers by Gregory York  ***  Head and Neck Trauma by Aaron Chevinsky  ***  Thoracic Trauma by Aaron Chevinsky  ***  Oncologic Emergencies and Tumor Lysis by Aaron Chevinsky
Section 3:  Pediatric Trauma and Emergencies by Michael Fuenfer  ***  Thermal Injuries from Heat and Cold by Michael Fuenfer  ***  Acute Abdomen by Philip Corvo  ***  Gastrointestinal Bleeding and Intra-Abdominal Problems in the ICU by Philip Corvo  ***  Neurosurgical Critical Care by Philip Corvo  ***  Hemodynamic Assessment by Ahmed Mahmoud  ***  Metabolism and Nutrition by Ahmed Mahmoud  ***  Endocrine Emergencies by Raymon Grogan 

Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery:
Clinical Questions and Answers

CCSESCQA Description This is a unique question-and-answer book for surgical residents and trainees, concentrating on the growing sub-specialty of surgery in critical care and emergency surgery. This book covers all surgical aspects of critical care and acute or emergency surgery, making it an ideal learning and review text for surgical trainees and those professionals specializing in these fields.

Forrest O. Moore (Editor), Peter M. Rhee (Editor), Samuel A. Tisherman (Editor), Gerard J. Fulda (Editor)

Table of Contents List of Contributors, ix Preface, xiii

Part One Surgical Critical Care, 1
1 Respiratory and Cardiovascular Physiology  ***  2 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Oxygen Delivery, and Shock  ***  3 Arrhythmias, Acute Coronary Syndromes, and Hypertensive Emergencies  ***  4 Sepsis and the Inflammatory Response to Injury  ***  5 Hemodynamic and Respiratory Monitoring  ***  6 Airway Management, Anesthesia, and Perioperative Management  ***  7 Acute Respiratory Failure and Mechanical Ventilation  ***  8 Infectious Disease  ***  9 Pharmacology and Antibiotics  ***  10 Transfusion, Hemostasis and Coagulation  ***  11 Analgesia and Sedation  ***  12 Delirium, Alcohol Withdrawal, and Psychiatric Disorders  ***  13 Acid-Base, Fluid and Electrolytes  ***  14 Metabolic Illness and Endocrinopathies  ***  15 Hypothermia and Hyperthermia  ***  16 Acute Kidney Injury  ***  17 Liver Failure  ***  18 Nutrition  ***  19 Neurocritical Care  ***  20 Venous Thromboembolism  ***  21 Transplantation, Immunology, and Cell Biology  ***  22 Obstetric Critical Care  ***  23 Envenomations, Poisonings and Toxicology  ***  24 Common Procedures in the ICU  ***  25 Diagnostic Imaging, Ultrasound, and Interventional Radiology

Part Two Emergency Surgery, 253
26 Neurotrauma  ***  27 Blunt and Penetrating Neck Trauma  ***  28 Cardiothoracic and Thoracic Vascular Injury  ***  29 Abdominal and Abdominal Vascular Injury  ***  30 Orthopedic and Hand Trauma  ***  31 Peripheral Vascular Trauma  ***  32 Urologic Trauma  ***  33 Care of the Pregnant Trauma Patient  ***  34 Esophagus, Stomach, and Duodenum  ***  35 Small Intestine, Appendix, and Colorectal  ***  36 Gallbladder and Pancreas  ***  37 Liver and Spleen  ***  38 Incarcerated Hernias  ***  39 Soft-tissue and Necrotizing Infection  ***  40 Obesity and Bariatric Surgery  ***  41 Burns, Inhalation Injury, Electrical and Lightning Injuries  ***  42 Urologic and Gynecologic Surgery  ***  43 Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery  ***  44 Extremes of Age: Pediatric Surgery and Geriatrics  ***  45 Telemedicine and Surgical Technology  ***  46 Statistics  ***  47 Ethics, End-of-Life, and Organ Retrieval  *** 

Index, 454
Critical Care Medicine The Essentials Softbound
SCCMedicine Ideally suited for students in critical care rotations and residents, this concise, practical handbook presents the essentials of medical and surgical critical care in an easy-to-read format. The authors succinctly explain the pathophysiology underlying clinical disorders and the key principles of diagnosis and patient management, emphasizing cost-effective approaches.

The Fourth Edition includes Controversies in Critical Care boxes in many chapters, which briefly summarize opposing arguments on controversial points. Other highlights include enhanced discussion of CT for abdominal disorders, new ACLS guidelines, and new material on removable IVC filters, interventional radiologic techniques for GI bleeding, and use of vascular ultrasound.
  • NEW: Controversies in Critical Care boxes
  • NEW: Enhanced discussion of CT for abdominal disorders
  • NEW: Updated ACLS guidelines
  • NEW: New material on removable IVC filters
  • NEW: New material on interventional radiologic techniques for GI bleeding
  • NEW: New material on use of vascular ultrasound
  • Clear, simple line drawings illustrate concepts
  • Concise, easy to read chapters
  • Consistently written, with little redundancy
  • Covers all aspects of critical care
  • Strong on pathophysiologic basis of illness and treatment
Table Of Contents
Section I: TECHNIQUES AND METHODS IN CRITICAL CARE: 1: Hemodynamics  ***  2: Hemodynamic Monitoring  ***  3: Support of the Failing Circulation  ***  4: Arrhythmias, Pacing, and Cardioversion  ***  5: Respiratory Monitoring  ***  6: Airway Intubation  ***  7: Indications and Options for Mechanical Ventilation  ***  8: Practical Problems and Complications of Mechanical Ventilation  *** 
9: Positive End-Expiratory and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure  ***  10: Weaning and Discontinuation of Mechanical Ventilation  ***  11: Intensive Care Unit Imaging  ***  12: Acid-Base Disorders  ***  13: Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders  ***  14: Blood Conservation and Transfusion  ***  15: Pharmacotherapy  ***  16: Nutritional Assessment and Support  ***  17: Analgesia, Sedation, and Therapeutic Paralysis  ***  18: General Supportive Care  ***  19: Quality Improvement and Cost Control 
Section II: MEDICAL AND SURGICAL CRISES: 20: Cardiopulmonary Arrest  ***  21: Acute Coronary Syndromes  ***  22: Hypertensive Emergencies  ***  23: Venous Thromboembolism  ***  24: Oxygenation Failure, ARDS, and Acute Lung Injury  ***  25: Ventilatory Failure  ***  26: ICU Infections  ***  27: Severe Sepsis  ***  28: Thermal Disorders  ***  29: Acute Kidney Injury and Renal Replacement Therapy  ***  30: Clotting and Bleeding Disorders and Anticoagulation Therapy  ***  31: Hepatic Failure  ***  32: Endocrine Emergencies  ***  33: Drug Overdose and Poisoning  ***  34: Neurological Emergencies  ***  35: Chest Trauma  ***  36: Acute Abdomen  ***  37: Gastrointestinal Bleeding  ***  38: Burns and Inhalational Injury  ***  Appendix

About the Author(s)
John J. Marini MD
Director of Physiological and Translational Research, HealthPartners Research Foundation; Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Arthur P. Wheeler MD
Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
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Lodging charges are not included in the registration fee. If not staying under the Osler room block at the course hotel there is a per day charge to cover the cost of the meeting space, food and beverage package plus associated fees and taxes; costs may vary by location. Said costs are all included in the Osler room block rate along with applicable room taxes.

Cancellation Policy: Subject to a $100 fee, refunds will be made for cancellations received at least 14 days before the course begins.

The Osler Institute is going green and providing our attendees with the latest technology to assist in their review. Each registrant will receive upon arrival at the course, a USB drive with searchable PDF copies of the presentations offered during the review. In addition a printed syllabus is available for a small additional fee.

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