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. Ideal for MOC.

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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.

Connect to Research Summaries from Leading Medical Journals

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 MOC points and up to 56 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

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

Did You Know?

Chief Medical Editor Prentiss Taylor, MD, FACP, a Chicago-based internist, is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Occupational Medicine, and Public Health & General Preventive Medicine.

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

Thomas Metkus, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Department of Medicine
  • Division of Cardiology
  • Baltimore, MD

Editorial Advisory Board

Frank D. Brodkey, MD, FCCM

  • Assistant Professor
  • Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Madison, WI

Jared Chiarchiaro, MD, MS

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • School of Medicine
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Janaki Deepak, MBBS, FACP

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Baltimore VA Medical Center
  • Baltimore, MD

Jacqueline M. Kruser, MD

  • Instructor of Medicine and Medical Social Sciences
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Chicago, IL


Andrea R. Levine, MD

  • Clinical Instructor
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Jonathan Ludmir, MD

  • Instructor in Medicine
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Division of Cardiology
  • Boston, MA

Ammar Sharif, MD

  • Cardio-thoracic Critical Care Fellows
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Baltimore MD

Michael T. Vest, DO, FACP, FCCP

  • Critical Care Physician, Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Christiana Care Healthcare System
  • Newark, DE

Catherine M. Wittgen, MD

  • Professor of Surgery
  • St. Louis University
  • St. Louis, MO
  • 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


Oakstone Publishing, LLC 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

Oakstone Publishing, LLC 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.


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 4 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Credit Designation Per Review

Oakstone Publishing, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This material is also eligible for 0.25 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 review: 15 minutes

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of Oakstone Publishing, LLC that the faculty and provider disclose real or apparent conflict of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, and also disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation. Oakstone Publishing, LLC has established policies in place that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosures will be made in the course handouts.


The opinions and recommendations expressed by the 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 the Oakstone Publishing, LLC 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.