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Instructor, Director, and Consultant Criteria

Fundamentals courses are 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. 

Review the criteria below to learn more about the criteria and responsibilities for each role.

Responsibilities

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

Eligibility

The criteria for FCCS Instructor status requires that the applicant select one of the pathways:

  • Successfully complete a FCCS provider course (with ≥80% post-test score) including core skill stations and complete the instructor curriculum.
  • Successfully complete a FCCS provider course (with ≥80% post-test score) including core skill stations and attend the Fundamentals Faculty Academy (FFA) course with successful completion of two core skills stations during the course.
  • Successfully complete a self-directed online FCCS course (with ≥80% post-test score) and attend the FFA course with successful completion of two core skill stations during the FFA course.

In addition, applicants are required to:

  • Submit the Instructor application via the online form
  • Teach at least two components of a FCCS course (didactic presentation and/or skill station) within two years of instructor candidate application approval
  • Meet one of the bulleted criteria in the table below :
Physician
  • Proof of critical care certification or activity, or board eligibility for certification
  • Proof of 50% critical care practice* ratio from the director of the ICU
Nurse
  • Baccalaureate degree with critical care certification
  • Graduate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
Advanced Practice Providers
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with critical care certification
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
Respiratory Therapist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
Pharmacist
  • Baccalaureate or specialty in critical care
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
*Critical care practice is considered either a didactic or education-based role focused on the critically ill or injured patient. The practice requirement ensures (as much as possible) that the instructor will be comfortable with the majority of the lecture components and skill stations and can answer questions with credibility.
 

Critical care certified practitioners will be accredited as instructors upon successful completion of all criteria listed in this document. Instructor applicants with less than 50% critical care practice ratio requirement may require a review before Instructor status is granted.

Instructor Criteria and Supporting Documents

Instructor Application

Associate Instructor Eligibility

Those who do not meet the above criteria for traditional FCCS instructorship but have significant experience in critical care may qualify for the FCCS associate instructor designation. The criteria for associate instructors are:

  • Successful completion of an FCCS 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

Responsibilities

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

Eligibility

The criteria to become and FCCS course director are:

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

Director Criteria and Supporting Documents

Director Application

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 an FCCS consultant are:

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

FCCS Consultant Criteria and Supporting Documents

Consultant Application

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 for PFCCS Instructor status requires that the applicant select one of the pathways:
  • Successfully complete a PFCCS provider course (with ≥80% post-test score) including core skill stations and complete the instructor curriculum.
  • Successfully complete a PFCCS provider course (with ≥80% post-test score) including core skill stations and attend the Fundamentals Faculty Academy (FFA) course with successful completion of two core skills stations during the course.
  • Successfully complete a self-directed online PFCCS course (with ≥80% post-test score) and attend the FFA course with successful completion of two core skill stations during the FFA course.
In addition, applicants are required to:
  • Submit the Instructor application via the online form
  • Teach at least two components of a PFCCS course (didactic presentation and/or skill station) within two years of instructor candidate application approval
  • Meet one of the bulleted criteria in the table below:
Physician
  • Proof of critical care certification or activity, or board eligibility for certification
  • Proof of 50% critical care practice* ratio from the director of the ICU
Nurse
  • Baccalaureate degree with critical care certification 
  • Graduate or higher degree with 50% critical care practice ratio with proof of practice ratio from the director of the ICU
Advanced Practice Providers
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with critical care certification
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
Respiratory Therapist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
Pharmacist
  • Baccalaureate or apecialty in critical care
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
*Critical care practice is considered either a didactic or education-based role focused on the critically ill or injured patient. The practice requirement ensures (as much as possible) that the instructor will be comfortable with the majority of the lecture components and skill stations and can answer questions with credibility.

Critical care certified practitioners will be accredited as instructors upon successful completion of all criteria listed in this document. Instructor applicants with less than 50% critical care practice ratio requirement may require a review before Instructor status is granted. 

PFCCS Instructor Criteria and Supporting Documents

PFCCS Instructor Application

 

Associate Instructor Eligibility

If you do not meet the above criteria for traditional PFCCS instructorship but have significant experience in critical care, 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.

PFCCS Associate Instructor Criteria and Supporting Documents

PFCCS Associate Instructor Application

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.

PFCCS Director Criteria and Supporting Documents

PFCCS Director Application

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.

PFCCS Consultant Criteria and Supporting Documents

PFCS Consultant Application

Being a licensed course instructor provides the instructor with opportunities to educate others in his/her own community and around the world.

Responsibilities
  • Present lecture and/or skill station materials, as assigned by the course director
  • Review assigned materials before the course and come prepared
  • Encourage audience participation
  • Adjust teaching style to the audience as needed
  • Follow course material without inserting personal bias
Eligibility
  • Current FCCS instructors who have taken  an FCCS: OB course
  • Critical care physicians, obstetricians, gynecologists, maternal/fetal medicine physicians, physician consultant specialists (eg, cardiologists, neurologists,), nurses, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists
  • Providers who are non-FCCS instructors must meet one of the bulleted criteria in the table below to fulfill eligibility requirements.
Physician
  • Proof of critical care certification or activity, or board eligibility for certification
  • Proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
  • Proof of obstetrics/gynecology board certification or board eligibility for certification, as well as proof of at least 50% clinical practice and labor and delivery managementfrom a department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator**
Nurse
  • Baccalaureate degree with critical care certification
  • Graduate or higher degreee, as well as proof of minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
  • Baccalaureate degree with obstetrics/gynecology certification, as well as proof of clinical practice and labor and delivery management from a department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator**
  • Graduate or higher degree with obstetrics/gynecology certification, as well as proof of clinical practice and labor delivery management form a department chair, division director, or chief medical officer or hospital administrator
Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner
  • Baccalaureate or higher degreee with critical care certification or proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with obstetrics/gynecology certification, as well as proof of clinical practice and labor and delivery management from a department chair, division director, or chief medical officaor or hospital administrator**
Respiratory Therapist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree with proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
Pharmacist
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree or specialty in critical care, or proof of a minimum 50% critical care practice ratio from the ICU director*
*Critical care practice is considered either a didactic or education-based role focused on the critically ill or injured patient. The practice requirement ensures (as much as possible) that the instructor will be comfortable with the majority of the lecture components and skill stations and can answer questions with credibility.
**Clinical practice and labor and delivery management refers to the management of pregnant patients, including inpatient management of labor, performance of deliveries, and care of the postpartum patient. Critical care-certified practitioners will be accredited as instructors on successful completion of all criteria listed in this document. Instructor applicants with less than 50% critical care practice ration requirement may require a review before instructor status is granted.

Application Requirements
 
Current FCCS Instructors Providers Who Meet Eligibility Criteria
(Non-FCCS Instructors)
  1. Successfully complete an FCCS: OB course (with ≥ 80% posttest score)
  2. Submit the online instructor application
  3. Teach at least two components of an FCCS:OB course (presentation and/or skill station) within two years of submitting the instructor application
  1. Successfully complete an FCCS: OB course (with ≥ 80% posttest score)
  2. Complete the instructor curriculum
  3. Submit the online instructor application and, if needed, letter supporting critical care practice ratio or labor and delivery management practice ratio
  4. Teach at least two components of an FCCS:OB course within two years of submitting the instructor application

Maintaining FCCS: OB Instructor Status
Instructor status will expire in two years unless the instructor:
  • Maintains certification, special/added qualifications, and or practice ration in critical care or labor and delivery and management
  • Teaches in at least one FCCS: OB course every two years

FCCS: OB Instructor Application Online Form​​

FCCS: OB Instructor Letter - Critical Care Practice Ratio

FCCS: OB Instructor Letter - Labor and Delivery Management Practice Ratio
The director ensures that the course runs smoothly and is consistent with SCCM’s goals, objectives, and vision. The course director may also fulfill the course coordinator role and can be considered one of the two required FCCS: OB instructors.

Responsibilities
  • Plan, organize, and conduct the course
  • Apply for course licenses
  • Select faculty
  • Organize course logistics
  • Secure equipment
  • Establish participant registration processes
  • Request course resources
  • Distribute course materials
  • Provide continuing educations/continuing medical education credits (if desired)
  • Mentor and guide instructors and coordinators
Eligibility
  • Current FCCS: OB instructors
  • Current FCCS directors may also serve as directors for FCCS: OB courses. This activity will count to fulfill the teaching component(s) should he/she choose to submit a course instructor application.
Application Requirements
  • Act as course director with the mentorship of an FCCS or FCCS: OB consultant (for at least one course)
  • Submit the online director application and consultant letter of recommendation
Maintaining FCCS: OB Director Status
Director status expires in two years unless director:
  • Maintains certification, special/added qualitfications, and/or practice ratio in critical care or labor and delivery management
  • Teaches in or directs at least one FCCS: OB course every two years

FCCS:OB Director Application Online Form

FCCS: OB Director Letter of Recommendation​​​
 

A course consultant is required for first-time sites, coordinators, and directors. Considered an expert in the FCCS: OB program, the consultant is very familiar with all aspects of the course content and administration. The course consultant will provide guidance from course planning through completion—helping with organization, administrative issues during setup, and evaluating the initial course presentation. The consultant may serve as an instructor but may not lead skill stations. The site is responsible for selecting the course consultant.

Responsibilities

  • Mentor and guide first-time course directors and coordinators through weekley, biweekly, or monthly phone conferences
  • Attend at least one day of a first-time course directors to determine whether they should be permitted to manage further courses without consultant supervision
  • Assess with the course director and coordinator after the first of second day of the course. This will serve to finalize the relationship, evaluate the course, and discuss issues and concerns.
  • Complete the course site evaluation form
Eligibility
  • Current FCCS: OB directors who maintain SCCM membership
  • Current FCCS consultants may also serve as consultants for FCCS: OB courses. This activity will count to fulfill the teaching component(s) should the consultant choose to submit a course instructor application.
Application
  • Submit the online consultant application and consultant letter of recommendation
  • Teach and/or direct in at least one FCCS: OB courses in the past two years
Maintaining FCCS: OB Consultant Status
Consultant status will expire in two years unless the consultant:
  • Maintains certification, special/added qualifications, and/or practice ratio in critical care or labor and delivery managment
  • Teaches in or directs at least one FCCS: OB course every two years
  • Maintains SCCM membership


FCCS: OB Consultant Application Online Form

FCCS: OB Consultant Letter of Recommendation​

FCCS instructors, directors, and consultants serve in the same role for FCCS: Tropical Diseases.

Responsibilities

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

Eligibility

The criteria for FDM Instructor status requires that the applicant select one of the pathways:
  • Successfully complete a FDM provider course (with ≥80% post-test score) including core skill stations and complete the instructor curriculum.
  • Successfully complete a FDM provider course (with ≥80% post-test score) including core skill stations and attend the Fundamentals Faculty Academy (FFA) course with successful completion of two core skills stations during the course.
  • Successfully complete a self-directed online FDM course (with ≥80% post-test score) and attend the FFA course with successful completion of two core skill stations during the FFA course.
In addition, applicants are required to:
  • Submit the Instructor application via the online form
  • Teach at least two components of a FDM course (didactic presentation and/or skill station) within two years of instructor candidate application approval
  • Submit the following:
    • Physician instructor candidate:
      • Proof of critical care certification or activity, or board eligibility for certification
        OR
      • Proof of 50% critical care practice* ratio from the director of the ICU
    • Nurse instructor candidate:
      •  Baccalaureate degree with critical care certification 
        OR
      •  Graduate or higher degree with 50% critical care practice ratio – proof of practice ratio from the director of the ICU
    • Physician assistant and nurse practitioner instructor candidate:
      •  Baccalaureate or higher degree with critical care certification or >50% critical care practice ratio -- proof of practice ratio from the director of the ICU
    • Respiratory therapist instructor candidate:
      • Baccalaureate or higher degree with 50% critical care practice ratio -- proof of practice ratio from the director of the ICU
    • Pharmacist instructor candidate:
      • Baccalaureate or specialty in critical care or 50% critical care practice ratio – proof of practice ratio from the director of the ICU

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

Critical care certified practitioners will be accredited as instructors upon successful completion of all criteria listed in this document. Instructor applicants with less than 50% critical care practice ratio requirement may require a review before Instructor status is granted.

FDM Instructor Application

Associate Instructor Eligibility

If you do not meet the above criteria for traditional FDM instructorship but have significant experience in critical care you may qualify for the FDM associate instructor designation. The criteria for associate instructors are:

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

Responsibilities

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

Eligibility

The criteria to become an FDM course director are:

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

FDM Director Criteria and Supporting Documents

FDM Director Application

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 an FDM consultant are:

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

FDM Consultant Criteria and Supporting Documents

FDM Consultant Application