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Become a Champion for Hosted Training

Understand the criteria for becoming an instructor, director, or consultant for one of SCCM’s many hosted courses.

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The Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) hosted courses are delivered by licensing institutions through the work of qualified instructors, directors, and consultants. Each of the educational roles has specific responsibilities and eligibility requirements.
 

Instructor, Director, and Consultant Criteria


Fundamental Critical Care Support

Responsibilities

  • Maintain certification, special/added qualifications or practice ratio in critical care; and
  • Teach in at least one approved FCCS course every two years.

Eligibility

The criteria for FCCS Instructor status requires that the applicant select one of the pathways:

Pathway #1:

  • Successfully complete a FCCS hosted course (with ≥ 80% posttest score)
  • Complete the instructor cirriculum
Pathway #2:
  • Successfully complete an online self-study FCCS course (with ≥ 80% posttest score) and attend skill stations at a hosted course
  • Complete the instructor cirriculum

In addition, applicants are required to:

  • Submit the online instructor application and, if needed, a letter of supporting critical care practice ratio
  • Teach at least two components of an FCCS course within two years of submitting the instructor application
  • Meet one of the criteria below:
Physician
  • Proof of critical care certification or activity, or board eligibility for certification
  • Proof of 50% critical care practice* ratio from the director of the ICU
Nurse
  • Baccalaureate degree with critical care certification
  • Graduate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
Advanced Practice Providers
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with critical care certification
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
Respiratory Therapist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
Pharmacist
  • Baccalaureate or specialty in critical care
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
*Critical care practice is considered either a didactic or education-based role focused on the critically ill or injured patient. The practice requirement ensures (as much as possible) that the instructor will be comfortable with the majority of the lecture components and skill stations and can answer questions with credibility.
 

Critical care certified practitioners will be accredited as instructors upon successful completion of all criteria listed in this document. Instructor applicants with less than 50% critical care practice ratio requirement may require a review before Instructor status is granted.

Instructor Criteria and Supporting Documents

Instructor Application

Associate Instructor Eligibility

Those who do not meet the above criteria for traditional FCCS instructorship but have significant experience in critical care may qualify for the FCCS associate instructor designation. The criteria for associate instructors are:

  • Successful completion of an FCCS provider course;
  • Successful completion of the instructor curriculum component;
  • Submission of associate instructor application
  • Significant clinical activity in critical care.

Associate Instructor Criteria and Supporting Documents

Associate Instructor Application

Responsibilities

  • Maintain certification, special/added qualifications or practice ratio in critical care;
  • Apply to hold courses in their area or hospital;
  • Ensure FCCS course(s) is/are consistent with goals, objectives, and vision of SCCM; and
  • Teach or direct at least one approved FCCS course every two years.

Eligibility

The criteria to become and FCCS course director are:

  • Be an SCCM-approved FCCS instructor in good standing;
  • Teach in at least two approved FCCS courses in the two previous years;
  • Serve as course director, with the mentorship of an FCCS consultant, for at least one approved FCCS course; and
  • Submit a completed FCCS director application and letter of recommendation from an FCCS consultant to direct courses independently.

Director Criteria and Supporting Documents

Director Application

Responsibilities

  • Maintain current SCCM membership;
  • Continue certification, special/added qualifications or practice ratio in critical care;
  • Offer mentorship and guidance to first time course directors and coordinators;
  • Attend at least one day of a director candidate’s first course;
  • Evaluate the process, venue, attitudes of course faculty; and
  • Confer with course director and course coordinator after completion of the course to complete an evaluation for SCCM.

Eligibility

The criteria to become an FCCS consultant are:

  • Be an SCCM-approved FCCS director in good standing;
  • Teach or direct at least two approved FCCS courses in the two previous years;
  • Be willing to offer mentorship and guidance to first time course directors and coordinators; and
  • Submit a completed FCCS consultant application and letter of recommendation from a current FCCS consultant.

FCCS Consultant Criteria and Supporting Documents

Consultant Application

Responsibilities

  • Maintain certification, special/added qualifications or practice ratio in critical care; and
  • Teach in at least one approved PFCCS course every two years.

Eligibility

The criteria for PFCCS Instructor status requires that the applicant select one of the following pathways:

Pathway #1:
  • Successfully complete a PFCCS hosted course (with ≥ 80% posttest score) 
  • Complete the instructor cirriculum
Pathway #2:
  • Successfully complete an online self-study PFCCS course (with ≥ 80% posttest score) and attend skill stations at a hosted course
  • Complete the instructor cirriculum
In addition, applicants are required to:
  • Submit the online instructor application and, if needed, a letter of supporting critical care practice ratio
  • Teach at least two components of a PFCCS course within two years of submitting the instructor application
  • Meet one of the bulleted criteria in the table below:
Physician
  • Proof of critical care certification or activity, or board eligibility for certification
  • Proof of 50% critical care practice* ratio from the director of the ICU
Nurse
  • Baccalaureate degree with critical care certification 
  • Graduate or higher degree with 50% critical care practice ratio with proof of practice ratio from the director of the ICU
Advanced Practice Providers
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with critical care certification
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
Respiratory Therapist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
Pharmacist
  • Baccalaureate or apecialty in critical care
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
*Critical care practice is considered either a didactic or education-based role focused on the critically ill or injured patient. The practice requirement ensures (as much as possible) that the instructor will be comfortable with the majority of the lecture components and skill stations and can answer questions with credibility.

Critical care certified practitioners will be accredited as instructors upon successful completion of all criteria listed in this document. Instructor applicants with less than 50% critical care practice ratio requirement may require a review before Instructor status is granted. 

PFCCS Instructor Criteria and Supporting Documents

PFCCS Instructor Application

 

Associate Instructor Eligibility

If you do not meet the above criteria for traditional PFCCS instructorship but have significant experience in critical care, you may qualify for the PFCCS associate instructor designation. The criteria for associate instructors are:

  • Successful completion of an PFCCS provider course;
  • Successful completion of the instructor curriculum component;
  • Submission of associate instructor application;
  • Significant clinical activity in critical care.

PFCCS Associate Instructor Criteria and Supporting Documents

PFCCS Associate Instructor Application

Responsibilities

  • Maintain certification, special/added qualifications or practice ratio in critical care;
  • Apply to hold courses in their area or hospital;
  • Ensure PFCCS course(s) is consistent with goals, objectives and vision of SCCM; and
  • Teach or direct at least one approved PFCCS course every two years.

Eligibility

The criteria necessary to become a PFCCS Director are:

  • Be an SCCM-approved PFCCS instructor in good standing;
  • Teach in at least two approved PFCCS courses in the two previous years;
  • Serve as course director, with the mentorship of an PFCCS consultant, for at least one approved PFCCS course; and
  • Submit a completed PFCCS director application and letter of recommendation from a PFCCS consultant to direct courses independently.

PFCCS Director Criteria and Supporting Documents

PFCCS Director Application

Responsibilities

  • Maintain current SCCM membership;
  • Continue certification, special/added qualifications or practice ratio in critical care;
  • Offer mentorship and guidance to first time course directors and coordinators;
  • Attend at least one day of a director candidate’s first course;
  • Evaluate the process, venue, attitudes of course faculty; and
  • Confer with course director and course coordinator after completion of the course to complete an evaluation for SCCM.

Eligibility

The criteria to become a PFCCS consultant are:

  • Be an SCCM-approved PFCCS director in good standing;
  • Teach or direct at least two approved PFCCS courses in the two previous years;
  • Be willing to offer mentorship and guidance to first-time course directors and coordinators; and
  • Submit a completed PFCCS consultant application and letter of recommendation from a current PFCCS consultant.

PFCCS Consultant Criteria and Supporting Documents

PFCS Consultant Application

Being a licensed course instructor provides the instructor with opportunities to educate others in his/her own community and around the world.

Responsibilities
  • Present lecture and/or skill station materials, as assigned by the course director
  • Review assigned materials before the course and come prepared
  • Encourage audience participation
  • Adjust teaching style to the audience as needed
  • Follow course material without inserting personal bias
Eligibility
  • Current FCCS instructors who have taken an FCCS: OB course
  • Critical care physicians, obstetricians, gynecologists, maternal/fetal medicine physicians, physician consultant specialists (eg, cardiologists, neurologists,), nurses, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists
  • Providers who  meet one of the bulleted criteria in the table below to fulfill eligibility requirements.
Physician
  • Proof of critical care certification or activity, or board eligibility for certification
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
  • Proof of obstetrics/gynecology board certification or board eligibility for certification, as well as proof of at least 50% clinical practice and labor and delivery managementfrom a department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator**
Nurse
  • Baccalaureate degree with critical care certification
  • Graduate or higher degreee, as well as proof of minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
  • Baccalaureate degree with obstetrics/gynecology certification, as well as proof of clinical practice and labor and delivery management from a department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator**
  • Graduate or higher degree with obstetrics/gynecology certification, as well as proof of clinical practice and labor delivery management form a department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator
Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner
  • Baccalaureate or higher degreee with critical care certification or proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with obstetrics/gynecology certification, as well as proof of clinical practice and labor and delivery management from a department chair, division director, or chief medical officaor or hospital administrator**
Respiratory Therapist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
Pharmacist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree or specialty in critical care, or proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
*Critical care practice is considered either a didactic or education-based role focused on the critically ill or injured patient. The practice requirement ensures (as much as possible) that the instructor will be comfortable with the majority of the lecture components and skill stations and can answer questions with credibility.
**Clinical practice and labor and delivery management refers to the management of pregnant patients, including inpatient management of labor, performance of deliveries, and care of the postpartum patient. Critical care-certified practitioners will be accredited as instructors on successful completion of all criteria listed in this document. Instructor applicants with less than 50% critical care practice ration requirement may require a review before instructor status is granted.

Application Requirements
 
Current FCCS Instructors Providers Who Meet Eligibility Criteria
(Non-FCCS Instructors)
  1. Successfully complete an FCCS: OB course (with ≥ 80% posttest score)
  2. Submit the online instructor application
  3. Teach at least two components of an FCCS:OB course (presentation and/or skill station) within two years of submitting the instructor application
  1. Successfully complete an FCCS: OB course (with ≥ 80% posttest score)
  2. Complete the instructor curriculum
  3. Submit the online instructor application and, if needed, letter supporting critical care practice ratio or labor and delivery management practice ratio
  4. Teach at least two components of an FCCS:OB course within two years of submitting the instructor application

Maintaining FCCS: OB Instructor Status
Instructor status will expire in two years unless the instructor:
  • Maintains certification, special/added qualifications, and or practice ration in critical care or labor and delivery and management
  • Teaches in at least one FCCS: OB course every two years

FCCS: OB Instructor Application Online Form​​

FCCS: OB Instructor Letter - Critical Care Practice Ratio
The director ensures that the course runs smoothly and is consistent with SCCM’s goals, objectives, and vision. The course director may also fulfill the course coordinator role and can be considered one of the two required FCCS: OB instructors.

Responsibilities
  • Plan, organize, and conduct the course
  • Apply for course licenses
  • Select faculty
  • Organize course logistics
  • Secure equipment
  • Establish participant registration processes
  • Request course resources
  • Distribute course materials
  • Provide continuing educations/accredited continuing education credits (if desired)
  • Mentor and guide instructors and coordinators
  • Complete a course site evaluation for each course held
Eligibility
  • Current FCCS: OB instructors
  • Current FCCS directors may serve as directors for an FCCS: OB course if no approved FCCS: OB director is available. FCCS directors are not approved FCCS: OB directors until they complete the FCCS: OB instructor and director criteria.
Application Requirements
  • Act as course director with the mentorship of an FCCS or FCCS: OB consultant (for at least one course)
  • Submit the online director application and consultant letter of recommendation
Maintaining FCCS: OB Director Status
Director status expires in two years unless director:
  • Maintains certification, special/added qualitfications, and/or practice ratio in critical care or labor and delivery management
  • Teaches in or directs at least one FCCS: OB course every two years

FCCS: OB Director Application Online Form

FCCS: OB Director Letter of Recommendation​​​
 

A course consultant is required for first-time sites, coordinators, and directors. Considered an expert in the FCCS: OB program, the consultant is very familiar with all aspects of the course content and administration. The course consultant will provide guidance from course planning through completion—helping with organization, administrative issues during setup, and evaluating the initial course presentation. The consultant may serve as an instructor but may not lead skill stations. The site is responsible for selecting the course consultant.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain certification, special/added qualifications, or practice ratio in critical care
  • Mentor and guide first-time course directors and coordinators through weekly, biweekly, or monthly phone conferences
  • Attend at least one day of a first-time FCCS: OB course (on invitation)
  • Assess the abilities and skills of first-time course directors to determine whether they should be permitted to manage further courses without consultant supervision
  • Debrief with the course director and coordinator after the course to evaluate the course, discuss issues and concerns, and finalize the relationship
Eligibility
  • Current FCCS: OB directors who maintain SCCM membership
  • Current FCCS consultants may serve as consultants for an FCCS: OB course if no approved FCCS: OB consultant is available. FCCS consultants are not approved FCCS: OB consultants until they complete the FCCS: OB instructor, director, and consultant criteria.
Application
  • Submit the online consultant application and consultant letter of recommendation
  • Teach and/or direct in at least one FCCS: OB courses in the past two years
Maintaining FCCS: OB Consultant Status
Consultant status will expire in two years unless the consultant:
  • Maintains certification, special/added qualifications, and/or practice ratio in critical care or labor and delivery managment
  • Teaches in or directs at least one FCCS: OB course every two years
  • Maintains SCCM membership


FCCS: OB Consultant Application Online Form

FCCS: OB Consultant Letter of Recommendation​

Being a licensed course instructor provides the instructor with opportunities to educate others in his/her own community and around the world.

Responsibilities
  • Present lecture and/or skill station materials, as assigned by the course director
  • Review assigned materials before the course and come prepared
  • Encourage audience participation
  • Adjust teaching style to the audience as needed
  • Follow course material without inserting personal bias
Eligibility
  • Critical care physicians, physician consultant specialists (eg, cardiologists, neurologists, emergency medicine), nurses, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and prehospital medics.
  • Clinicians who meet one of the bulleted criteria in the table below to fulfill eligibility requirements.
Physician
  • Proof of critical care certification or activity, or board eligibility for certification
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio* from the ICU director, department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator
Nurse
  • Baccalaureate degree with critical care certification
  • Graduate or higher degreee, as well as proof of minimum 50% critical care practice ratio* from the ICU director, department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator
  • Baccalaureate degree with proof of clinical practice from a department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator**
  • Graduate or higher degree with  proof of clinical practice* from a department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator
Advanced Practic Practitioners
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with critical care certification or proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice* ratio from the ICU director, department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with proof of clinical practice* from a department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator
Respiratory Therapist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director, department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator
Pharmacist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree or specialty in critical care, or proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director, department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator
Special Operations Combat Medic (18D), Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P),
and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B)
  • Prehospital medic (certification required) with resuscitative medicine experience in a resource-limited area such as wilderness medicine, overseas medicine in a low economic or war-torn country. Recommendation letter of an FCCS: Resource Limited director or consultant required to substantiate applicant’s resource-limited care experience.
*Critical care practice is considered either a didactic or education-based role focused on the critically ill or injured patient. The practice requirement ensures (as much as possible) that the instructor will be comfortable with the majority of the lecture components and skill stations and can answer questions with credibility.

Application Requirements
 
Current FCCS Instructors Providers Who Meet Eligibility Criteria
(Non-FCCS Instructors)
  1. Successfully complete an FCCS: RL course (with ≥ 80% posttest score)
  2. Submit the online instructor application
  3. Teach at least two components of an FCCS: RL course (presentation and/or skill station) within two years of submitting the instructor application
  1. Successfully complete an FCCS: RL course (with ≥ 80% posttest score)
  2. Complete the instructor curriculum
  3. Submit the online instructor application and, if needed, letter supporting critical care practice ratio.
  4. Teach at least two components of an FCCS: RL course within two years of submitting the instructor application

Maintaining FCCS: RL Instructor Status
Instructor status will expire in two years unless the instructor:
  • Maintains certification, special/added qualifications, and/or practice ratio in critical care
  • Teaches in at least one FCCS: RL course every two years

FCCS: RL Instructor Application

FCCS: RL Instructor Letter - Critical Care Practice Ratio

FCCS: RL Instructor Letter - Critical Care Practice Ration - Paramedic
The director ensures that the course runs smoothly and is consistent with SCCM’s goals, objectives, and vision. The course director may also fulfill the course coordinator role and can be considered one of the two required FCCS: RL instructors.

Responsibilities
  • Plan, organize, and conduct the course
  • Apply for course licenses
  • Select faculty
  • Organize course logistics
  • Secure equipment
  • Establish participant registration processes
  • Request course resources
  • Distribute course materials
  • Provide continuing educations/accredited continuing education credits (if desired)
  • Mentor and guide instructors and coordinators
Eligibility
  • Current FCCS: RL instructors
  • Current FCCS directors may also serve as directors for FCCS: RL coursed once that have:
    1. Successfully completed an FCCS: RL course (with ≥80% posttest score)
    2. Teach at least two components of an FCCS: RL course within two years of submitting their director application
Application Requirements
  • Act as course director with the mentorship of an FCCS: RL consultant (for at least one course)
  • Submit the online director application and consultant letter of recommendation
Maintaining FCCS: RL Director Status
Director status expires in two years unless director:
  • Maintains certification, special/added qualifications, and/or practice ratio in critical care
  • Teaches in or directs at least one FCCS: RL course every two years

FCCS:RL Director Application

FCCS: RL Director Letter of Recommendation​​​
 

A course consultant is required for first-time sites, coordinators, and directors. Considered an expert in the FCCS: RL program, the consultant is very familiar with all aspects of the course content and administration. The course consultant will provide guidance from course planning through completion—helping with organization, administrative issues during setup, and evaluating the initial course presentation. The consultant may serve as an instructor but may not lead skill stations. The site is responsible for selecting the course consultant.

Responsibilities

  • Mentor and guide first-time course directors and coordinators through weekly, biweekly, or monthly phone conferences
  • Attend both days of a first-time FCCS: RL course (upon invitation)
  • Assess the abilities and skills of first-time course directors to determine whether they should be permitted to manage further courses without consultant supervision
  • Debrief with the course director and coordinator after the first and second day of the course. This will serve to finalize the relationship, evaluate the course, and discuss issues and concerns.
  • Complete the course site evaluation form
Eligibility
  • Current FCCS: RL directors who maintain SCCM membership
Application
  • Submit the online consultant application and consultant letter of recommendation
  • Teach and/or direct in at least one FCCS: RL courses in the past two years
Maintaining FCCS: RL Consultant Status
Consultant status will expire in two years unless the consultant:
  • Maintains eligibility requirements
  • Teaches in or directs at least one FCCS: RL course every two years
  • Maintains SCCM membership


FCCS: RL Consultant Application

FCCS: RL Consultant Letter of Recommendation​

Responsibilities

  • Maintains certification, special/added qualifications, or practice ratio in critical care
  • ​Teaches at least one approved FCCS: Surgical course every two years 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must select one of the following pathways: 

  • Current FCCS instructors
    • ​Successfully complete either a self-directed or hosted FCCS: Surgical course with ≥ 80% posttest score 
  • Non-FCCS instructors
    • Successfully complete an FCCS: Surgical course with ≥ 80% posttest score, including core skill stations 
    • Complete the instructor curriculum 

In addition, applicants are required to: 

  • Submit the online instructor application
  • Teach at least two components of an FCCS: Surgical course (presentation and/or skill station) within two years of instructor candidate application approval
  • Meet one of these profession-specific criteria: 
Physician
  • Proof of critical care certification or activity, or board eligibility for certification or
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director* 
Nurse
  • Baccalaureate degree with critical care certification or 
  • Graduate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director* 
Advanced Practice Provider
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with critical care certification or
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
Respiratory Therapist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director* 
Pharmacist
  • Baccalaureate or specialty in critical care or
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
*Critical care practice is considered either a didactic or education-based role focused on the critically ill or injured patient. The practice requirement ensures (as much as possible) that the instructor will be comfortable with the majority of the lecture components and skill stations and can answer questions with credibility. 


Critical care-certified practitioners will be accredited as instructors after successful completion of all criteria listed. Instructor applicants with less than 50% critical care practice ratio may require a review before instructor status is granted. 

Instructor Criteria and Supporting Documents

Instructor Application

Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize, and conduct the course
  • Apply for course license
  • Select faculty
  • Organize course logistics
  • Secure equipment
  • Establish participant registration processes
  • Request course resources
  • Distribute course materials
  • Provide continuing education/accredited continuing education credits (if desired)
  • Mentor and guide instructors and coordinators
  • Complete a course site evaluation for each course held

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current FCCS: Surgical instructors
    • Serve as course director with the mentorship of an FCCS or FCCS: Surgical consultant for at least one course
    • Submit the online director application and consultant letter of recommendation
  • Current FCCS directors may serve as directors for an FCCS: Surgical course if no approved FCCS: Surgical director is available. FCCS directors are not approved FCCS: Surgical directors until they complete the FCCS: Surgical instructor and director criteria.

Director Criteria and Supporting Documents

Director Application

Responsibilities

  • Maintain certification, special/added qualifications, or practice ratio in critical care
  • Mentor and guide first-time course directors and coordinators through weekly, biweekly, or monthly phone conferences
  • Attend at least one day of a first-time FCCS: Surgical course (on invitation)
  • Assess the abilities and skills of first-time course directors to determine whether they should be permitted to manage further courses without consultant supervision
  • Debrief with the course director and coordinator after the course to evaluate the course, discuss issues and concerns, and finalize the relationship

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current FCCS: Surgical directors
    • Maintain current SCCM membership
    • Submit online consultant application and consultant letter of recommendation
    • Have taught or directed at least two FCCS: Surgical courses in the previous two years 
  • Current FCCS consultants may serve as consultants for an FCCS: Surgical course if no approved FCCS: Surgical consultant is available. FCCS consultants are not approved FCCS: Surgical consultants until they complete the FCCS: Surgical instructor, director, and consultant criteria.

Consultant Criteria and Supporting Documents

Consultant Application

Responsibilities

  • Deliver presentations and/or skill station materials, as assigned by the course director
  • Review assigned materials before the course and arrives to the course prepared
  • Encourage audience participation
  • Adjust teaching style to audience, as needed
  • Follow course material without inserting personal bias

Eligibility

The criteria for FCCS: Crisis Management (FCCS: CM) instructor status requires that the applicant select one of these pathways:
  • Current FCCS instructors
    • Successfully complete an FCCS: CM self-study or hosted course, with ≥ 80% posttest score
  • Other applicants
    • Successfully complete an FCCS: CM hosted course, with ≥ 80% posttest score, including skill stations; complete the instructor curriculum; and meet one of the eligibility requirements below
In addition, applicants are required to:
  • Submit the online instructor application
  • Submit the following:
    • Physicians:
      • Proof of critical care certification or activity, or board eligibility for certification
        OR
      • Proof of 50% critical care practice* ratio from the director of the ICU
    • Nurses:
      •  Baccalaureate degree with critical care certification 
        OR
      •  Graduate or higher degree with 50% critical care practice ratio or proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director
    • Advanced practice providers:
      •  Baccalaureate or higher degree with critical care certification or proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director
    • Respiratory therapists:
      • Baccalaureate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director
    • Pharmacists:
      • Baccalaureate or specialty in critical care or proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director

Instructor Criteria and Supporting Documents
Instructor Application

Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize, and conduct the course
  • Apply for course licenses
  • Select faculty
  • Organize course logistics
  • Secure equipment
  • Establish participant registration processes
  • Request course resources
  • Distribute course materials
  • Provide accredited continuing education (ACE) credits  for participants (optional)*
  • Mentor and guide instructors and coordinators
  • Complete a course site evaluation for each course held

Eligibility

The criteria to become an FCCS: Crisis Management (FCCS: CM) course director are:

  • Be an SCCM-approved FCCS: CM instructor in good standing
  • Teach in at least two approved FCCS: CM courses in the two previous years;
  • Serve as course director with the mentorship of an FCCS: CM consultant for at least one approved course; and
  • Submit the FCCS: CM Director Letter of Recommendation

Director Criteria and Supporting Documents
Director Application

Responsibilities

  • Mentor and guide first-time course directors and coordinators through weekly, biweekly, or monthly phone conferences
  • Attend at least one day of a first-time FCCS course (upon invitation)
  • Assess the abilities and skills of first-time course directors to determine whether they should be permitted to manage further courses without consultant supervision
  • Debrief with the course director and coordinator after the course. This will serve to evaluate the course, discuss issues and concerns, and finalize the relationship.

Eligibility

The criteria to become an FCCS: Crisis Management (FCCS: CM) consultant are:

  • Current FCCS: CM directors and FCCS consultants who maintain SCCM membership

Consultant Criteria and Supporting Documents
Consultant Application


Critical Care Ultrasound
Responsibilities
 
  • Present lecture/skill station materials assigned by the course director 
  • Review assigned materials before the course and come prepared 
  • Encourage audience participation 
  • Adjust teaching style to the audience as needed 
  • Follow course material without inserting personal bias 

Eligibility
 
  • Complete a Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult course with ≥ 80% posttest score 
  • Complete the train-the-trainer session 
  • Provide at least two of the following: 
    • Personal recommendation from a Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult director, consultant, or current or past course faculty. 
    • Proof of ≥ 2 years of experience with ultrasound use integrated in daily clinical practice after dedicated ultrasound training (with a special focus on echocardiography). 
    • Previous ultrasound teaching experience at a local institution or regional or national organizations. This includes participation in courses as well as bedside teaching or lecture presentation(s) on critical care ultrasound topics. Ideally, continued engagement in ultrasound education. 
    • Cited published educational materials (e.g., review articles, textbooks, course materials, multimedia) or original research on the topic of ultrasound. 

In addition, applicants are required to:
 
  • Submit the Instructor application via the online form
  • Teach in or direct at least one Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult course every two years
Responsibilities
 
  • Plan, organize, and conduct the course 
  • Apply for course licenses 
  • Select faculty 
  • Organize course logistics, space layout, and equipment   
  • Establish participant registration processes 
  • Request course resources 
  • Distribute course materials 
  • Provide continuing education/accredited continuing education credits (if desired) 
  • Mentor and guide instructors and coordinators 
  • Provide feedback to SCCM Ultrasound Committee 
  • Ensure the quality of the course meets SCCM standards 
  • Promote collegiality, camaraderie, and communication among all instructors 
  • Complete course site evaluation 

Eligibility
 
  • Have taught in at least two Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult courses in the past two years 
  • Act as course director with the mentorship of a Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult consultant (for at least one course) 
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from the observing consultant 
  • Submit the online director application and consultant letter of recommendation 

Director Application
Responsibilities
 
  • Mentor and guide first-time course directors and coordinators through weekly, biweekly, or monthly communications 
  • Attend a first-time Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult course (upon invitation) 
  • Assess the abilities and skills of first-time course directors to determine whether they should be permitted to manage further courses without consultant supervision 
  • Debrief with the course director and coordinator after the first or second day of the course. This will serve to finalize the relationship; evaluate the course; and discuss issues and concerns. 
  • Provide feedback to SCCM Ultrasound Committee 

Eligibility

Consultant status will expire in two years if the individual does not: 
  • Maintain eligibility requirements 
  • Maintain SCCM membership 
  • Teach, direct, or consult in at least one Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult every two years 
Consultant Letter of Recommendation
Consultant Application
Responsibilities
 
  • Present lecture/skill station materials assigned by the course director
  • Review assigned materials prior to the course and come prepared
  • Encourage audience participation
  • Adjust teaching style to the audience as needed
  • Follow course material without inserting personal bias

Eligibility
 
  • Complete a Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal course with ≥ 80% posttest score
  • Complete the train the trainer session
  • Provide at least two of the following:
    • Personal recommendation from a Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal director, consultant, or current or past course faculty.
    • Proof of ≥ 2 years of experience with ultrasound use integrated in daily clinical practice after dedicated ultrasound training (with a special focus on echocardiography).
    • Previous ultrasound teaching experience at a local institution or regional or national organizations. This includes participation in courses as well as bedside teaching or lecture presentation(s) on critical care ultrasound topics. Ideally, continued engagement in ultrasound education.
    • Cited published educational materials (e.g., review articles, textbooks, course materials, multimedia) or original research on the topic of ultrasound.

In addition, applicants are required to:
 
  • Submit the Instructor application via the online form
  • Teach in or direct at least one Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal course every two years
Responsibilities
 
  • Plan, organize, and conduct the course
  • Apply for course licenses
  • Select faculty
  • Organize course logistics, space layout, and equipment
  • Establish participant registration processes
  • Request course resources
  • Distribute course materials
  • Provide continuing education/accredited continuing education credits (if desired)
  • Mentor and guide instructors and coordinators
  • Provide feedback to SCCM Ultrasound Committee
  • Ensure the quality of the course meets SCCM standards
  • Promote collegiality, camaraderie, and communication among all instructors
  • Complete course site evaluation

Eligibility
 
  • Have taught in at least two Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal courses in the past two years
  • Act as course director with the mentorship of a Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal consultant (for at least one course)
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from the observing consultant
  • Submit the online director application + consultant letter of recommendation

Director Application
Responsibilities
 
  • Mentor and guide first-time course directors and coordinators through weekly, biweekly, or monthly communications
  • Attend a first-time Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal course (upon invitation)
  • Assess the abilities and skills of first-time course directors to determine whether they should be permitted to manage further courses without consultant supervision
  • Debrief with the course director and coordinator after the first or second day of the course. This will serve to finalize the relationship; evaluate the course; and discuss issues and concerns.
  • Provide feedback to SCCM Ultrasound Committee

Eligibility


Consultant status will expire in two years if the individual does not:
  • Maintain eligibility requirements
  • Maintain SCCM membership
  • Teach, direct, or consult in at least one Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal every two years
Consultant Letter of Recommendation
Consultant Application

Multiprofessional Critical Care Review
Responsibilities
 
  • Present lectures as assigned by the course director
  • Review assigned materials prior to the course and come prepared
  • Encourage audience participation
  • Adjust teaching style to the audience as needed
  • Follow course material without inserting personal bias

Eligibility
 
  • Critical care physicians who have proof of one of the eligibility criteria:
  • Critical care certification, activity, or board eligibility for certification
  • Minimum of 50% critical care practice ratio as noted by the ICU director*
  • Successful completion of an MCCR: Adult course
  • Submission of the online instructor application and, if needed, a letter supporting critical care practice ratio
  • Submission of an instructor recommendation letter from an MCCR: Adult director, consultant, or current or past SCCM course faculty
  • Teaching of at least two components of an MCCR: Adult course within two years of submitting the instructor application
*Critical care practice is considered either a didactic or education-based role focused on the critically ill or injured patient. The practice requirement ensures (as much as possible) that the instructor will be comfortable with the majority of the lecture components and can answer questions with credibility.

In addition, applicants are required to:
  • Submit the instructor application via the online form
  • Teach in at least one MCCR: Adult course every two years
Responsibilities
 
  • Plan, organize, and conduct the course
  • Apply for course licenses
  • Select faculty
  • Organize course logistics
  • Establish participant registration processes
  • Request course resources
  • Distribute course materials
  • Provide continuing education/accredited continuing education credits (if desired)
  • Mentor and guide instructors and coordinators

Eligibility
 
  • Current MCCR: Adult instructors
  • Individuals who act as course director with the mentorship of an MCCR: Adult consultant (for at least one course)

In addition, applicants are required to:
 
  • Submit the director application via the online form
  • Teach in or direct at least on MCCR: Adult course every two years
Responsibilities
 
  • Mentor and guide first-time course directors and coordinators through weekly, biweekly, or monthly phone conferences
  • Attend at least one day of a first-time MCCR: Adult course (upon invitation)
  • Assess the abilities and skills of first-time course directors to determine whether they should be permitted to manage further courses without consultant supervision
  • Debrief with the course director and coordinator after the first or second day of the course. This will serve to finalize the relationship, evaluate the course, and discuss issues and concerns.
  • Complete the course site evaluation form

Eligibility
 
  • Current directors who maintain SCCM membership
  • Individuals who teach and/or direct in at least two MCCR: Adult courses in the past two years

In addition, applicants are required to:
 
  • Submit the consultant application via the online form
  • Maintains eligibility requirements
  • Teach in or direct at least on MCCR: Adult course every two years
  • Maintain SCCM membership

ICU Liberation
Responsibilities
  • Present lectures and/or simulations as assigned by the course director
  • Review assigned materials before the course and come prepared
  • Encourage audience participation
  • Adjust teaching style to the audience as needed
  • Follow course material without inserting personal bias

Eligibility
  • Critical care physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and pharmacists
  • Successfully complete an ICU Liberation course (with ≥ 80% posttest score)
  • Complete the instructor curriculum
  • Submit the online instructor application
  • Teach at least two components of an ICU Liberation course (presentation and/or simulation) within two years of submitting the instructor application

Eligibility Requirements

Physician
  • Proof of critical care certification or activity, or board eligibility for certification

Advanced practice provider
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with critical care certification or proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*

Nurse
  • Baccalaureate degree with critical care certification
  • Graduate or higher degree, as well as proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*

Respiratory therapist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*

Pharmacist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*

Physical therapist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*

Occupational therapist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree or specialty in critical care, or proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*

*Critical care practice is considered either a didactic or education-based role focused on the critically ill or injured patient. The practice requirement ensures (as much as possible) that the instructor will be comfortable with the majority of the lecture components and skill stations and can answer questions with credibility.


In addition, applicants are required to:
  • Maintain eligibility requirements
  • Teach in at least one ICU Liberation course every two years
Responsibilities
  • Plan, organize, and conduct the course
  • Apply for course licenses
  • Select faculty
  • Organize course logistics
  • Secure equipment
  • Establish participant registration processes
  • Request course resources
  • Distribute course materials
  • Provide continuing education/accredited continuing education credits (if desired)
  • Mentor and guide instructors and coordinators
  • Complete a course site evaluation for each course held

Eligibility
  • Current ICU Liberation course instructors
  • Individuals who act as course director with the mentorship of an ICU Liberation consultant (for at least one course)

In addition, applicants are required to:
  • Submit the online director application and consultant letter of recommendation
  • Maintain eligibility requirements
  • Teach in or direct at least one ICU Liberation course every two years
Responsibilities
  • Mentor and guide first-time course directors and coordinators through weekly, biweekly, or monthly phone conferences
  • Attend at least one day of a first-time ICU Liberation course (on invitation)
  • Assess the abilities and skills of first-time course directors to determine whether they should be permitted to manage further courses without consultant supervision
  • Debrief with the course director and coordinator after the first or second day of the course. This will serve to finalize the relationship, evaluate the course, and discuss issues and concerns.
  • Complete the course site evaluation form

Eligibility
  • Current directors who maintain SCCM membership

In addition, applicants are required to:
  • Submit the online consultant application and consultant letter of recommendation
  • Maintain eligibility requirements
  • Teach in or direct at least one ICU Liberation course every two years

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