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Critical Care Medicine Student Interest Group

The Medicine Student Interest Group is for 1st- and 2nd-year University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine students in order to provide them with mentorship and exposure to the critical care medicine profession. Critical care medicine is a diverse specialty attracting physicians from a wide variety of primary training pathways, including Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery.

Our goal for this Interest Group with the student leadership is to provide opportunities for exposure and education in critical care as it integrates into the 1st-year curriculum. Students may be eligible to shadow faculty in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, participate in workshops, and participate in CCM research projects with a faculty mentor.

We hold two events annually in the fall, one a Career Practice Panel lunchtime discussion and the other an informal social hour at the University Club, which allows students to get to know faculty in our very diverse department.

Faculty Advisor

Christopher Brackney, DO 

For more information on medical student shadowing opportunities, or if you have any other questions, please use the inquiry links on the top right of this page.

  CCMIG Coordinators for 2018-19:

Caelie Kern Aarti Kumar Oluwasinmisola Opeyemi

♦  See previous CCM Student Interest Group Coordinators  ♦


We collaborate with other UPSOM Interest Groups, including Emergency Medicine, Simulation, and Resuscitation.

Prior sessions and workshops include:

  • Cardiology Case Conference
  • Cases in EKGs
  • Cases in Pulmonary Medicine
  • Obstetric Critical Care
  • Central Line placement
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Suturing

Research Opportunities

The Department of Critical Care Medicine conducts cutting edge, exemplary, state-of-the-art basic, clinical and translational sciences research involving critical illness. The ongoing research activities span a variety of diseases and themes such as sepsis, traumatic brain injury, cardiac arrest, acute kidney injury, cardiovascular physiology, clinical epidemiology, health services research, ethics and decision making, and complexity modeling and systems biology. The research portion of our website provides details of various research centers and corresponding faculty, as well as overviews of ongoing research projects. The adult and pediatric divisions of the department accept Pitt medical students on an individual basis to conduct their Scholarly and Summer Research Projects (SRP). Students will be connected with their potential research mentors depending upon mutual interest and based on available research opportunities. Students interested in SRPs within the department can email Dr. Ragi Murugan with potential area of research interest along with their curriculum vitae.


Research Centers