Mastering Intensive Care 078 with Chris Nickson

Modern & innovative clinician education

Chris Nickson is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne and a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme, a Director of the Australia and New Zealand Intensive Care Foundation, and a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.

After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in intensive care medicine and emergency medicine; and post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professions education.

Chris is involved in the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE. He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches numerous courses worldwide. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of LITFL, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.

His one great achievement is being the father of three amazing children. On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

This episode features the thoughts and perspectives of A/Prof Chris Nickson.

The topics covered include:

  • How Chris became an intensivist and then an educator
  • How he began working on Life In The Fast Lane (LITFL)
  • The network of Clinical Educators he leads and the “Incubator” program
  • Simulation and debriefing
  • The current place of FOAM and podcasts in education
  • What he tries to achieve on his ward round
  • Clinical leadership, team dynamics and the necessity of psychological safety
  • The difficulties of fatigue and undervaluing sleep
  • Other aspects of personal wellbeing
  • His reading (including a book recommendation)
  • The future of Intensive Care, especially after COVID-19
  • Advice for new intensivists
  • Advice on teaching the human aspects of ICU

The podcast aims to inspire and empower you, through conversations about the human side of Intensive Care, to bring your best self to the Intensive Care bedside, with a focus on compassion, collaboration and personal wellbeing.

Thanks for listening to my conversation with Chris Nickson

Links to other resources (in order of mentioning)

Further reading and listening

Dr Andrew Davies MBBS FRACP FCIC. Intensivist/researcher at Frankston Hospital, Melbourne. Aiming to bring my best self to work & life. | Mastering Intensive Care | New Normal project |

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