UC San Diego School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education
(858) 534-3940 | ocme@ucsd.edu | cme.ucsd.edu

Course Description

The 53rd Annual Weil/UC San Diego Symposium on Critical Care & Emergency Medicine will address many of the challenges faced by health care professionals who care for critically ill and injured patients, and is again committed to provide a bedside clinician with state-of-the-art updates on diagnosis and management of life-threatened patients. The program provides an ideal mix of traditional standard-of-care principles based on established guidelines together with cutting-edge recent advances applicable to the care of the critically ill. Didactic lectures on current management are featured in the plenary sessions. Updates 2015 are a series of lectures highlighting important advances. Practical skills are taught in half-day mini-courses on major subjects including respiratory management and advanced electrocardiographic interpretation. The program offers the opportunity to fill gaps in knowledge and advances in the multi-specialty and broad-based areas of critical care and emergency medicine and translate new guidelines into practice.


The Critical Care & Emergency Medicine Annual Symposia continues a tradition of four days of intensive didactic teaching including half-day workshops on practical skills and organizational options for management of the acutely life-threatened patient. The program provides a highly respected state-of-the-art update to help health care professionals keep pace with rapid changes in the knowledge base, advances in technology, and updated guidelines for management of the patient and addresses administrative and ethical strategies with which to optimize care of the critically ill and injured. As the first and still the largest university postgraduate course in the U.S. on acute care taught by internationally renowned experts, our focus is on clinical management of the life-threatened patient at the bedside. The majority of our registrants return yearly.


Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify emerging infectious diseases of the 21st century.
  • Discuss diagnosis and treatment of sepsis and septic shock.
  • Evaluate current medical advances and technologies in critical care.
  • Assess risks and choose practical options for mechanical ventilation.
  • Identify the prevention of ventilator induced lung injury and ventilator associated pneumonias.
  • Identify and manage acute cardiovascular crises, including chest pain, heart failure and cardiac arrest.
  • Describe and apply current guidelines for diagnosis and management of acute renal failure and options for renal replacement therapy.
  • Apply current guidelines for differential diagnosis and optimal management of both hemorrhage and thrombotic strokes.
  • Identify and treat anxiety and manage post-operative pain without the adversities of long term sedation.

Target Audience

The target audience for this program includes critical care specialists, emergency physicians, hospitalists, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, pulmonary physicians, infectious disease specialists, nephrologists, traumatologists, general surgeons, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and all other health care providers who have responsibility for the management of critically ill patients. 

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