PFCCS Instructors, Directors, Consultants

Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) is delivered by licensing institutions through the work of qualified instructors, directors and consultants. Each one of the educational roles has specific responsibilities and eligibility requirements.

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 Instructor

 

Responsibilities

  • Maintain certification, special/added qualifications or practice ratio in critical care; and
  • Teach in at least one approved PFCCS course every two years.

Eligibility

The criteria necessary to be a PFCCS Instructor candidate are:

  • Successful completion of a PFCCS provider course, including skill stations, with 80% or greater post-test score;
  • Successful completion of the instructor curriculum requirements (teach two sessions in a PFCCS course).

All instructor-eligible candidates are required to submit of Instructor application and proof of the following:

Physician instructor candidate: Must have achieved critical care certification or proof of board eligibility of such, or 50% practice ratio in critical care* supported by curriculum vitae and a support letter from director of ICU attached to the instructor application.

Nurse instructor candidate: Requires either 1.a baccalaureate degree and critical care certification, or 2. graduate or higher degree with a 50% practice ratio in critical care* supported by curriculum vitae and a support letter from director of ICU attached to the instructor application.

Physician Assistant instructor candidate: Requires a baccalaureate of higher degree with a 50% practice ratio in critical care* supported by curriculum vitae and a support letter from director of ICU attached to the instructor application.

*Critical care practice is considered either a didactic of education-based role focused on the critically ill or injured patient.
The practice requirement ensures (as best as possible) that the instructor will be comfortable with the majority of lecture
components and skill stations and can answer questions with credibility.

Instructor Criteria and Supporting Documents

Instructor Application

Non-certified critical care practitioners must provide a recommendation form signed by the course director, a letter detailing the extent and percentage of time spent in the area of critical care from the Critical Care Director and a current curriculum vitae. After careful review by the Immediate Past Chair, current Chair, and Vice-Chair of the PFCCS Program Committee, instructor candidate status may be awarded. Critical care certified practitioners will be recognized as Instructors upon successful completion of the Instructor Course component.

Associate Instructor Eligibility

If you do not meet the above criteria for traditional PFCCS instructorship but have significant experience in critical care, a pharmacy or respiratory therapy degree, you may qualify for the PFCCS associate instructor designation. The criteria for associate instructors are:

  • Successful completion of an PFCCS provider course;
  • Successful completion of the instructor curriculum component;
  • Submission of associate instructor application;
  • Significant clinical activity in critical care.

Associate Instructor Criteria and Supporting Documents

Associate Instructor Application

 

 Director

 

Responsibilities

  • Maintain certification, special/added qualifications or practice ratio in critical care;
  • Apply to hold courses in their area or hospital;
  • Assure PFCCS course(s) is consistent with goals, objectives and vision of SCCM; and
  • Teach/direct at least one approved PFCCS course every two years.

Eligibility

The criteria necessary to become a PFCCS Director are:

  • Be an SCCM-approved PFCCS instructor in good standing;
  • Teach in at least two approved PFCCS courses in the two previous years;
  • Serve as course director, with the mentorship of an PFCCS consultant, for at least one approved PFCCS course; and
  • Submission of a completed PFCCS director application and letter of recommendation from a PFCCS consultant to direct courses independently.

Director Criteria and Supporting Documents

Director Application

 

 Consultant

 

Responsibilities

  • Maintain current SCCM membership;
  • Continue certification, special/added qualifications or practice ratio in critical care;
  • Offer mentorship and guidance to first time course directors and coordinators;
  • Attend at least one day of a director candidate’s first course;
  • Evaluate the process, venue, attitudes of course faculty; and
  • Confer with course director and course coordinator after completion of the course to complete an evaluation for SCCM.

Eligibility

The criteria to become a PFCCS consultant are:

  • An SCCM-approved PFCCS director in good standing;
  • Teach/direct at least two approved PFCCS courses in the two previous years;
  • Willing to offer mentorship and guidance to first-time course directors and coordinators; and
  • Submission of a completed PFCCS consultant application and letter of recommendation from a current PFCCS consultant.

Consultant Criteria and Supporting Documents

Consultant Application