Practical Reviews in Critical Care Medicine

Stay current on the latest advances in Critical Care Medicine with our unbiased expert reviews from today's leading medical journals.

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Practical Reviews is just that—practical, expert reviews of the most relevant articles from leading medical journals in Critical Care Medicine.

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Our expert medical faculty conduct a comprehensive review of hundreds of articles from current leading medical journals so you don’t have to. Our knowledge leaders summarize the most relevant medical research for you to review at your convenience and add commentary with perspective for applying these findings in your own practice.

Connect to Practical Reviews in Critical Care Medicine and get:

  • 16 articles summarized in each issue, each with an expert audio review
  • Online quizzes and instant pass/fail notification
  • Instant access to our database of Critical Care Medicine journal reviews
  • 14 issues annually
  • Ability to earn up to 56 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

View our full list of Reviewers, Journals, Accreditation and Media Format information.

Did You Know?

Arjun S. Chanmugam, MD, FACEP, MBA, the Attending Emergency Physician with the Johns Hopkins Hospital, serves as the Medical Director for Practical Reviews.

Articles in each issue of Practical Reviews are selected, vetted and summarized by expert panelists who are some of the leading practitioners and instructors in their fields.

The free Practical Reviews app provides easy search capabilities across 125,000+ articles to aid you in your research needs.

Coordinating Editor

Sanjay Virendra Desai, MD, FACP

  • Director, Osler Medical Training Program
  • Vice Chair for Education
  • Department of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Baltimore, MD

Administrative Editor

Todd Dorman, MD, FCCM

  • Senior Associate Dean for Education Coordination
  • Associate Dean & Director, Office of CME
  • Professor & Vice Chair for Critical Care
  • Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine
  • Joint Appointments in Medicine, Surgery & the School of Nursing
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine & School of Nursing
  • Baltimore, MD


Jared Chiarchiaro, MD, MS

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Sanjay Virendra Desai, MD, FACP

  • Director, Osler Medical Training Program
  • Vice Chair for Education
  • Department of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Baltimore, MD

Daniel B. Jamieson, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Pulmonary & Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Washington, DC

Rachel Kohn, MD

  • Fellow
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
  • Philadelphia, PA

Jacqueline M. Kruser, MD

  • Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
  • Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
  • Chicago, IL

Thomas S. Metkus, MD

  • Clinical Fellow
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Division of Cardiology
  • Baltimore, MD

Jessica Palakshappa, MD

  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, PA


Kunal Patel, MD, PhD

  • Fellow
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, PA

Kathryn S. Robinett, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Baltimore, MD

Eric P. Schmidt, MD

  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine
  • Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Aurora, CO

Matthew P. Schreiber, MD, MHS, FCCP

  • Co-Director, MICU; Vice Chair, Ethics Committee
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Washington, DC

Steven P. Schulman, MD

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Director, Coronary Care Unit
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Baltimore, MD

Timothy J. Scialla, MD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Duke University
  • Durham, NC

Benjamin D. Singer, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Northwestern University
  • Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Chicago, IL

R. Scott Stephens, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Baltimore, MD
  • American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
  • Annals of the American Thoracic Society
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
  • British Medical Journal
  • Chest
  • Circulation
  • Clinical Infectious Diseases
  • Critical Care
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • European Respiratory Journal
  • JAMA Internal Medicine
  • JAMA Surgery
  • Journal of the American College of Cardiology
  • Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • The Lancet
  • The New England Journal of Medicine
  • Thorax

Statement of Need

CME is integrated into the process for improving professional practice with educational strategies implemented to remove, overcome or address barriers to physician change. Physicians are unable to consistently integrate new information into their practices because of the ways new medical knowledge is structured and disseminated, and the time it takes to completely scan for new information. Practical Reviews publications select and translate peer-reviewed literature for practical use, therefore diminishing the barrier of time.

Intended Audience

Physicians and nurses interested in the treatment of critically ill patients.

Special Prerequisites for Participants

There are no prerequisites for participants.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Appraise current and clinically useful information, then apply the most effective strategies and advances as they diagnose and treat in the intensive care unit
  • Explain evidence of the safety and efficacy of certain procedures
  • Evaluate where controversy exists, and – with our distinguished editorial board of physicians – appraise the evidence and assess advantages and disadvantages of diagnostic and treatment plans
  • Integrate non-conventional principles and practices with conventional ones, while they select and employ the best of all available courses of treatment
  • Discuss the latest basic science findings and their potential impact on clinical problems

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Accreditation Statement

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Per Issue for Practical Reviews

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is also eligible for 4 credit hours in Category 2-B of the Continuing Medical Education Program of the American Osteopathic Association, provided it is completed in its entirety.

Estimated time to complete each issue: 4 hours.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that the speaker and provider globally disclose conflicts of interest. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine OCME has established policies in place that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made in the instructional materials.

To obtain credit, the quiz must be completed online within 24 months of publication date. The participant must score a minimum of 70%.

Disclaimer Statement

The opinions and recommendations expressed by faculty and other experts whose input is included in this program are their own. This enduring material is produced for educational purposes only. Use of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine name implies review of educational format design and approach. Please review the complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.

For release and expiration dates, please see the front matter material at the beginning of each issue.


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Reviewed & Approved by:
General Counsel, Johns Hopkins Medicine (4/1/03)
(Updated 4/09 and 3/14)


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