Twelve tips for teaching in the ICU

Stephen Doyle, Michelle Sharp, Gretchen Winter, Malik M.Khurram S. Khan, Rhiannon Holden, Daniel Djondo, Gabriel Bosslet, Peter Lenz

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The intensive care unit (ICU) provides unique educational opportunities for both undergraduate and postgraduate learners, including procedural training, ventilator management guidance, complex communication scenarios, and didactic lectures on dynamic topics like multi-system organ failure. However, certain challenges are inherent in this setting that can make teaching difficult. Different trainee educational backgrounds, variability in disease states, time limitations and urgent patient care considerations highlight some challenges that limit teaching opportunities. The following twelve tips address these unique aspects of the ICU environment and provide strategies to optimize teaching. These tips focus on three main goals: creating an optimal learning environment, increasing learner engagement, and critically challenging learners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1005-1009
Number of pages5
JournalMedical teacher
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2021


  • Clinical; teaching & learning; internal medicine; discipline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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