To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Critical Care Medicine and the scholarly accomplishments of the fellows in the Department, the First Annual Mitchell P Fink Critical Care Scholar Day was held on May 7th at the University Club. As the founding chair of the Department and a national leader in critical care, Dr. Mitchell P. Fink was the invited visiting professor for the event.
The day began with presentations by several leaders in the Department, highlighting the activities in their groups. This was followed by presentations of scholarly work by fellows. Six fellows were selected to give oral presentations, covering both adult and pediatric research and education. Discussion of these presentations was facilitated by Dr. Michael Pinsky, with our visiting professor, Dr. Fink, frequently adding comments. Eight fellows were selected to give moderated poster presentations. Discussion at the posters was facilitated by Drs. Fink, Carcillo, Moore, and Venkataraman.
The afternoon session began with a provocative presentation by Dr. Fink outlining his thoughts on the problems with sepsis research, leading to a lively discussion with the audience. After Dr. Fink’s talk, audience members were invited to join breakout groups to discuss research, education, or administration. These group discussions were facilitated by Drew Carlson, PhD, from NIH, Melissa McNeil, MD, from the Academy of Master Educators, and Richard Simmons, MD, Medical Director of UPMC, respectively. The invited guests and audience members continued their discussions during a hosted Happy Hour in the College Room.