FCCS: Tropical Diseases

The latest addition to the Fundamentals product line, Fundamental Critical Care Support: Tropical Diseases prepares healthcare professionals to care for patients infected with tropical diseases.

To apply for an FCCS: Tropical Diseases course license and purchase learners, please visit the Fundamentals portal. A username and password are required to log in. If you do not know this information, please e-mail fccs@sccm.org. Please note that each learner will receive a copy of the book and one certificate will be issued for each learner who successfully completes the course.

 

 Description

 
The Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) program has expanded its scope of course offerings with the FCCS: Tropical Diseases course. Developed to educate learners about the transmission, symptoms, management, and prevention of tropical disease, the FCCS: Tropical Diseases course combines FCCS core curriculum with information needed for the initial identification and care of infected patients who are or may become critically ill.
 
This is a live, instructor-led two-day course held in the traditional licensed course format, including:
  • Didactic lectures
  • Case-based skill stations 
  • Pre- and posttests 
  • FCCS and FCCS: Tropical Diseases companion textbooks 
  • Certificate of successful course completion
At the completion of the course, learners will be able to:
  • Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill patient.
  • Describe the mechanisms of transmission of bacterial, spiral, viral, and vector-borne tropical diseases.
  • Review the clinical risk factors and prognostic factors associated with specific tropical diseases.
  • Identify key clinical signs and symptoms for early recognition and diagnosis of life-threatening infections.
  • Recognize and respond to significant changes in the unstable patient.
  • Recommend appropriate management and prevention options.
Successful course completion includes:
  • Acceptable attendance during both days of the course
  • Satisfactory performance in the skill stations
  • Passing grade (≥70%) on the post-test
  • Completion of the participant evaluation
Participation in, or completion of, this course does not confer any credential, nor does it satisfy any board certification requirement apart from the continuing education credit if offered for it. This course is not intended to replace, override, or conflict with any licensing or credentialing requirements.
 
Licensed sites arrange for qualified instructors to deliver the lectures and their skill stations. Complete slide decks with speaker notes, as well as administrative materials, are provided to each site. Textbooks are shipped to the site prior to the course dates, allowing learners to prepare for the live activity. The site coordinator administers the pre- and posttests and provides that information to SCCM, which prepares and ships certificates of completion to the site coordinator for distribution.
 
The Institutional Relations team can help sites that have not previously held a course find consultants who will lead the development of FCCS: Tropical Diseases on site. The goal is for individual sites to become self-sustaining in their delivery of the FCCS: Tropical Diseases program.
 

 Course Schedule

 

The FCCS: Tropical Diseases course should be held over two full days. 

View sample course schedule.

Alternative schedule examples might include:

  • Morning lectures followed by afternoon skill stations OR 
  • Two to three lectures followed by corresponding skill stations

General considerations about the sequencing of lectures and skill stations is presented in the detailed administrative materials provided to all approved sites. Variations from these suggestions are permitted for the convenience of participants. The Fundamentals Team is available by telephone at +1 847 827-6869 or by e-mail at fccs@sccm.org to answer any questions or to discuss planning.

 

 Administration

 

​FCCS: Tropical Diseases is administered in the same manner as the live, instructor-led FCCS course. The Course Director, with the assistance of the Course Coordinator, has responsibility for planning, organizing and conducting the course. These responsibilities include faculty selection, course logistics, obtaining equipment, establishing participant registration processes, and requesting necessary course resources (audiovisual equipment, skills station equipment, catering, etc).

Detailed guidelines for course administration, including timelines, sample schedules, equipment lists, and forms, are provided to site coordinators/directors after course dates are set. The Institutional Relations Team can answer questions or discuss your plans with you. To reach a member of the team, please call +1 847 827-6869 or e-mail fccs@sccm.org.

Administrative Process

To apply for an FCCS course license and purchase learners, please visit the Fundamentals portal. A username and password are required to log in. If you do not know this information, please e-mail fccs@sccm.org. Please note that each learner will receive a copy of the book and one certificate will be issued for each learner who successfully completes the course.

When planning and administering an FCCS: Tropical Diseases course, please use the following as a checklist.

  1. Submit an application for a course license and purchase learners through Fundamentals portal
  2. Purchase a course license and learners through the Fundamentals portal 
  3. Identify course dates
  4. Submit payment for license and learners to SCCM
  5. SCCM forwards course materials to approved Course Director/Course Coordinator
  6. Conduct course
  7. Submit final course data (eg, posttest results, certificate requests, faculty listing, evaluations) to SCCM via the Fundamentals portal
  8. SCCM ships Certificates of Successful Completion to the site coordinator for distribution

Expenses/Resources

When purchasing a course license, SCCM will provide a textbook for each purchased learner and electronic access to presentations, skill stations, texts, and administrative forms. Course sites are expected to provide:

  • Travel expenses for the course consultant and any visiting instructors 
  • Honorarium for the course consultant, if requested (The course director may negotiate a lower or pro bono fee schedule; however, nothing higher than $1,000 is advocated by the FCCS Program Committee, SCCM Council, or SCCM Executive Office.)
  • Comfortable conference room seating and food and beverage (breaks, meals)
  • Materials for learner and instructor packets 
  • Equipment for presentation delivery, including an LCD projector
  • Equipment for skill stations

Course Requirements

  • The first time a site or Course Director offers a course, the Course Director and Course Coordinator will work under the direction of a Course Consultant who will mentor them with organization and administrative issues during setup, and personally evaluate the initial course presentation.
  • Selection of a Course Consultant is the site’s responsibility. If problems are encountered, please contact the FCCS Institutional Relations Manager at SCCM headquarters. 
  • The Course Director must be an approved FCCS Instructor who has taught in at least two courses in the previous two years. 
  • The Course Coordinator will provide administrative, organizational, and other types of support. There are no other requirements for the Course Coordinator. 
  • Each course must have two approved instructors (may include the Course Director). All other lecturers may be clinical experts and associate instructors from a variety of areas and professions (eg, nurse, physician assistant, respiratory therapist, pharmacist, and other specialist physicians).

Continuing Education Credits

SCCM does not have direct involvement in the course offering; therefore, SCCM cannot issue CE/CME credit to course participants. If the institution or course sponsor is a national- or state-accredited CE/CME provider, it may wish to grant CE/CME credit for the course.

 

 Pricing

 

Apply and Purchase

 Shaped by SCCM’s commitment to meeting the needs of each individual customer, the FCCS: Tropical Diseases course pricing structure is designed to be both fair and flexible. The Society offers two options: Single Course licenses, and Unlimited Annual Course licenses. Pricing options are tiered, based on the country in which the course is held. This allows SCCM to accommodate various ranges in needs and available financial resources.

Tiered pricing is based on a country's Gross Domestic Product at Purchasing Power Parity Per Capita as reported by the World Bank in its most current World Development Indicators database.

                     GDP (PPP) per capita​
Tier 3​ ​More than $15,000
​Tier 2 ​Between $5,000 and $15,000
​Tier 1 ​Less than $5,000

Please contact the Institutional Relations team at +1 847-827-6869 or via e-mail at fccs@sccm.org with any circumstances that may require special pricing consideration.

Single Course Pricing

Single Course Licenses Per Course Pricing​
Nonprofit Tier 3 ​$1,100
​Nonprofit Tier 2 ​$725
​Nonprofit Tier 1
​$300

Unlimited Annual Course Licenses and Multicourse Discounts

Are you interested in holding multiple courses throughout the year? If you plan to hold four or more courses in one year, you should consider an unlimited license. The Society offers discounted course pricing for volume purchases – the more courses you purchase, the larger the discount. Please contact the Institutional Relations team at +1 847-827-6869 or via e-mail at fccs@sccm.org with any circumstances that may require special pricing consideration.

Per Learner Pricing
Licensed institutions will be assessed a fee for each learner which includes a copy of the current edition of the FCCS and FCCS: Tropical Diseases textbooks (print or eBook) and, upon successful course completion, a provider certificate.

Learner Fee Per Learner Price
Nonprofit Tier 3 ​$83/per learner
​Nonprofit Tier 2 ​$57/per learner
​Nonprofit Tier 1
​$30/per learner

Please call the Institutional Relations team with any questions at +1 847-827-6869 or via contact them via e-mail at fccs@sccm.org.

 

 Texbook

 

​The Fundamental Critical Care Support: Tropical Diseases textbook is the latest addition to the Fundamentals product line and is available in print or as an eBook. The text was developed to educate healthcare professionals about the transmission, symptoms, management, and prevention of tropical diseases. It is an excellent resource for primary care physicians, emergency physicians, residents and fellows, physicians’ assistants, nurses, and other healthcare personnel who may care for patients with infectious tropical diseases. It is also an integral component of the FCCS: Tropical Diseases licensed course.

Prepared under the direction of SCCM by an international team of leading multiprofessional critical care educators in emergency medicine, infectious diseases, and internal medicine, FCCS: Tropical Diseases covers:

  • Chikungunya virus disease
  • Dengue fever
  • Ebola virus disease
  • Hemorrhagic fevers: Marburg and Lassa viruses
  • Leptospirosis
  • Severe malaria
  • Typhoid fever
  • Viral encephalitis
  • Yellow fever
  • Zika virus infection.
Licensed institutions will be assessed a fee for each learner which includes a copy of the current edition of the textbook (print or eBook), as explained on the “Pricing” tab.
 
Please contact the Institutional Relations team with any questions at +1 847-827-6869 or via e-mail at fccs@sccm.org.
 
Single-copy purchases of FCCS: Tropical Diseases can be made through the SCCM store. Pricing is $25 USD for SCCM members and $35 USD for nonmembers. A Spanish version of the textbook is in progress.