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Learning Technologies

The Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Critical Care Medicine provides a world class educational experience for fellows and medical students. An array of new technologies support the educational mission by enhancing teaching and expanding fellows' access to learning materials. The tight integration of these technologies with well designed curricular components provides fellows with new tools to interact with peers, faculty and all aspects of their curriculum.

Canvas: Learning Management System

In March 2016, the Department of Critical Care Medicine adopted a new learning management system (LMS), known as Canvas, which greatly enhances our ability to provide high quality, learner-centered, and sustainable instruction in critical care. Our department has a long history of integrating technologies for teaching and learning into our educational program. Over time we have amassed a rich array of online resources to support our Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program (MCCTP). Canvas' extensive collection of tools and resources helps us provide exceptional educational programs that make us a leader in critical care medicine. Read more about Canvas.

Media Development

Our media developers provide a comprehensive video and graphic development service. Projects include event promos, educational videos, news stories and a wide variety of media for teaching and learning. Much of the content for this web site and the CCM Fellowship programs are developed here. All faculty and staff are welcome to use our services. Contact Jim Rieker or Max Glider at (412) 647-6546. See examples here.

Mobile Curriculum

Our extensive online curriculum is mobile-friendly. Almost all educational events are recorded as podcasts. We are developing new ways to use iPads in the classroom. Our evidence-based medicine database is built with mobile screens in mind.

Audience Response Systems

We are expanding the use of Audience Response Systems, a valuable tool for gauging understanding and gathering audience information. They have been used for Journal Club, where faculty and fellows are asked how the articles presented impact their practice.

Online Evaluations

Most evaluations are available online. Evaluations can be completed at the close of an activity using iPad or other mobile device. This allows faculty and fellows to stay up to date with programatic requirements.

Evidence Based Medicine Database

A project intiated by Joe Darby MD, this resource has expanded to include hundreds of journal articles. Fellows now have a  browser-based index of searchable articles available for Journal Club, Reserach Conferences, Case-based Discussion, etc.

Web conferencing

Grand Rounds and Research Conferences are broadcast to multiple locations, reaching our faculty and fellows who are on service at outlying locations.

Video database

The CCM Core Lecture Series podcasts represent an extensive collection of content relevant to fellows clinical practice. Lectures can be indexed by the presenters, creating a searchable database for the fellows. The results of searches are available on mobile devices, making content accessible wherever and whenever it is needed.

Simulation Training

The Deartment of Critical Care Medicine has a new simulation center on the twelth floor of the Liilian S. Kaufmann Building. In addition, Fellows use the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research (WISER) at the University of Pittsburgh. Faculty and Fellows conduct research and training programs utilizing simulation based education to provide a safer environment for patients of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Our fellows train in crisis team training, bronchoscopy workshops, central venous cather placement, and difficult airway management.


The web-based calendar provides links and information about all educational events in the department. For any calendar year, it is a complete, searchable log of educational activities. Moreover, calendar events have links to Journal Club articles and other resources directly related with that event.