Critical Care Medicine

SchoolSchool of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Critical Care Medicine

Program Description:

Due to Improvement in quality of care and advances in internal medicine and surgical skills in IRI, survival of patients with multiple problems and multiple organ dysfunctions has been  improved. Intensive care science is a field of medicine developed for taking care of critically ill patients with multi-organ failure. Although, currently, anesthesiologists and/or internists are responsible for providing services to such patients in ICUs but because of needing more practical and  specialized skills based on Up to Date techniques and technologies, there was a strong need for Critical Care Medicine fellowship training in Islamic Republic of Iran. Also strategic plan of Anesthesiology approved by the Secretariat of Medical Education Council has emphasized on the special attention to development of an educational program for intensive care Medicine. So a committee consisting of relevant experts in educational activities in ICUs was established in 2004 and after several meetings during a year the program of this program was prepared. This   Committee will welcome all experts and academics’ views in next version of this program. 


Adult intensive care course is a multidisciplinary course derived from anesthesiology and internal medicine and graduates of this course are working in the field of diagnosis, care and treatment of a wide range of clinical problems in patients with severe and life-threatening failure in one or multiple organs. Students are responsible to maintain and improve the health of critically ill patients with multi-organ dysfunction at the time of admission, discharge or transfer with therapeutic, supportive and managerial comprehensive care.


  1. To train knowledgeable, innovative, explorative experts with managerial ability, and with spiritual and professional ethics that with the acquisition of knowledge, skills 
  2. To conduct researches in the field of health promotion and reduction of treatment complications and costs.
  3. Reduction of mortality and duration of hospitalization in the ICU at the highest international standards 
  4. Promotion of intensive care to the first rank of the region in terms of therapeutic, educational and research perspective.

Expected Competencies at the End of the Program

General Competencies*

Specific Competencies and Skills


At the end of the program learners will be competent in performing following procedures:

Arterial blood sampling

Catheter insertion in peripheral veins

Vascular cut-down 

Catheterization of central veins through PICC

Peripheral arterial catheter insertion

Central venous catheter insertion

Invasive blood pressure Measurement 

Evaluation of central venous pressure

Intracranial pressure monitor (optional)

Perform cricothyroidotomy immediately

Endotracheal intubation

Laryngeal mask insertion

Apply and commission types of ventilator


Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)

Chest tube insertion

Percutaneous dilational tracheostomy (PDT)

Replace tracheostomy tube Perform basic lung function tests mouth - stomach – jejunal tube insertion

Defibrillation and defibrillator


Pleural fluid aspiration (Pleural tap)

Aspiration of ascites (Ascites tap)

Pulmonary artery catheter insertion

External pacemaker insertion

Non-invasive measurement of cardiac output

Fiber-optic bronchoscopy or laryngoscopy 

Ultrasound for liquid detection

Echo-Doppler for tamponade

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) *

Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP)

Admission Requirements

General Requirement: To apply for this program, you will need to fulfill a number of requirements, which can be found in the Graduate Admission Requirements.

Specific Requiremetns:  Holding an M.D. or M.B.B.S. degree. Having and approved specialty in Anesthesiology , Internal medicine,Emergency Medicine, and General surgery received in Iran or abroad.

The eligible candidate should have successfully completed an approved related Degree program and should be proficient in English or Persian.

Admission Deadline

Tehran University of Medical Sciences has a rolling application system and reviews student applications all year round.

However, the deadline for the September intake is June 31.

Education Fees and Yearly Expenses

For complete and comprehensive information about fees and expenses, please refer to the Education Fees and Yearly Expenses section.


Duration: 18 months


Method(s) of Instruction: 

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Program Curriculum

For more information, please download the Program Curriculum of Critical Care Medicine

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