Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS)

This course consists of online lectures and virtual skills stations in this time of COVID-19. FCCS provides an exposure to basic principles of critical care. Its primary goal is to enhance the ability of primary care practitioners to perform the initial assessment, management, and stabilization of critically ill patients.

Specific topics include: airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, acute respiratory failure, mechanical ventilation, basic hemodynamic monitoring, and shock. In addition, management of specific disease states in the realm of neurologic emergencies, burn, trauma, myocardial ischemia, life­ threatening infection, and life threatening metabolic disturbances are reviewed.

This course is limited to 24 attendees. Please register early to secure your participation. Payment must be received at the time of enrollment. To receive the certificate of successful completion course participants must attend all didactic lectures, successfully complete all skill stations, and achieve a score of 70% or higher on the course posttest.

Intended Audience

Primary care physicians, ARNPs, PAs, general surgeons, registered nurses, and critical care trainees.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this conference, the participant should be able to:

  • Identify appropriate diagnostic tests for specific patient populations
  • Prioritize clinical critical care management issues
  • Assess the critically ill patient in an organized fashion

Attendance at this course does not indicate nor guarantee competency or proficiency in the performance of any procedures that may be discussed or taught in this course.


Participants who successfully complete the online licensed course will receive a certificate of
completion. In addition, those learners will receive 6.5 continuing education (CE)/continuing medical education (CME) hours from SCCM for their completion of the lecture portion of the program.


See the registration form for the four ways to register: mail, telephone, fax or online. The $125 registration fee includes tuition and course materials. Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis.

An email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of payment and completed registration form pending available seats in the course. Upon receipt of payment, course materials will be sent to your mailing address. On or about April 15, 2021, you will receive an email from Society of Critical Care Medicine with instructions to create a log-in to begin the lectures, which you will have 4 weeks to complete.

The Virtual Skills Station will be on Thursday, May 13, 2021 starting at 9 a.m. at which attendance is mandatory for completion of the course.

This course is currently filled. Thank you for your interest!

Cancellation Policy

Your registration fee, less a $50 administrative fee, will be refunded when written notification is received by the Program Coordinator, Tara Maurer at the Department of Surgery, The University of Iowa 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 or by email at No refunds will be made after 10 days before the course.

Faculty Disclosure

As a provider accredited by ACCME, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in its education activities. Course Director, Planning Committee Members, Faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this education activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty also will disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentation. Disclosure of these relevant financial relationships will be published in course materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentation.

Disability Statement

The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs & activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual. The university also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1316, 319-335-0705 (voice), 319-335-0697 (TDD),

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Tara Maurer at 319-356-7892.