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J Crit Care. 2005 Sep;20(3):270-3.

Medical education in critical care.

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  • 1Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada, ON, Canada, M5B 1W8.


Patient safety is garnering increasing attention in our health care system, and with a possible trend toward increasing patient adverse events in academic hospitals (CMAJ. 2004;170:1678-86), medical education needs to reevaluate resident training. Within critical care, teaching of trainees in a manner that minimizes medical errors and ensures competency when managing critically ill patients is now a priority. This article addresses 4 areas that are receiving increasing attention in medical education and are relevant to training in the critical care environment: evidence-based medicine, communication, evaluation, and simulation.

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