Education & Outreach

The Critical Care Center's vision includes creating a national model for cross-disciplinary education and training of critical care intensivists.

Preparing Future Physicians and Nurses

More than 5 million patients are admitted to intensive care units in the United States each year. By 2025, as the baby boom ages, that number is expected to increase as much as 30%. Yet half of Americans do not currently have access to care by a board-certified critical care intensivist. This supply-demand imbalance is expected to continue for at least the next decade, especially in under-resourced areas, due to the high costs of intensivist staffing and a nation-wide shortage of intensivists.

Mass General's Critical Care Center provides intensivist-led, team-based care in all of its ICU’s, which helps to ensure that our sickest patients have immediate access to the highest quality care. To address both the Mass General educational mission and the national shortage of ICU physicians and nurses, the Critical Care Center aims to develop novel, trans-disciplinary educational programs. The goal of these progams is to generate and share new knowledge of basic, translational and clinical research and to reach out globally to address underserved areas. To achieve these goals, the Critical Care Center's Education Committee works closely with division leaders in the departments of:

Expanding Opportunities for Education and Training

Innovation in critical care education and training, like research, requires a transformative approach that bridges the schools of medicine, nursing, arts and science, business, engineering, law and public health. The Critical Care Center Education Committee works with colleagues at Mass General, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to explore opportunities for education at the interface of complementary disciplines to provide the broadest array possible of educational opportunities. For example, the Critical Care Center’s Education Committee is working with the program directors in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Medicine to create a board-certified, multidisciplinary fellowship for board-certified or board-eligible emergency medicine specialists.


A wealth of educational opportunities

Massachusetts General Hospital offers specialized residencies and fellowships in each of our multidisciplinary care centers and clinical departments