Format: Virtual
April 24-25, 2024

The eCourse on Nutrition in Critical illness provides participants with an introductory overview of the field of nutrition and metabolic management in intensive care. A total of 15 fellowships fully supported by ‘Fresenius Kabi’ are offered in 2023 to the top-scoring participants in the course evaluation. For more details, see the Fellowship Tab below.

After registering for the event, ensure you access the dedicated online classroom on the ESICM Academy

  • Danielle BEAR – Dietitian, PhD Consultant Dietitian – critical care, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom. FREM Committee, ESICM
  • Michael CASAER – MD, PhD, Intensive Care Medicine Department – Burn Centre Laboratory of Intensive Care Medicine, CMM University Hospitals Leuven, Catholic University Leuven, Chair of the Feeding, Rehabilitation, Endocrinology & Metabolism (FREM) Section, ESICM

Endorsement: This Course is endorsed by the ESICM Feeding, Rehabilitation, Endocrinology & Metabolism (FREM) Section and the Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals (N&AHP) representative group, ESICM.

  • Discuss the evidence surrounding enteral (EN) and parenteral nutrition (PN) during the different phases of the metabolic response to critical illness.
  • Understand and analyze the value of observational and controlled studies in assessing patient-centred outcomes (particularly physical function) with reliable estimates of treatment effect and translation to the bedside.
  • Understand the value and limitations of scores and biomarkers for assessing nutrition status, timing of nutrition and risk of refeeding syndrome.
  • Understand and analyze the indication for different PN & EN formulations and different access-modalities (nasal/oral tube versus percutaneous access to the stomach, duodenum or jejunum)
  • Outline and assess the target for energy (including indirect calorimetry), protein, micronutrients and electrolytes and blood glucose levels and their translation into pragmatic protocols and quality improvement strategies
  • Importance of Feeding
  • Understanding Nutrition research
  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Nutritional Targets
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Enteral Nutrition
  • Parenteral Nutrition
  • Monitoring and Complications
  • Protocols
  • Quality improvement and knowledge transfer to the bedside
  • Novel perspectives

A total of 15 fellowships will be conducted in centres around Europe, giving fellows the opportunity to experience nutrition in critical illness in real-life settings and learn directly from experts. Fellowship-related costs (accommodation and travel) up to 1000 EUR/fellow will be reimbursed by ESICM

Eligibility for fellowships:

  • Must be a member of the ESICM (so join us now if not already a member!)
  • Fellowships will be awarded on basis of attendance at the course and highest performance in the post-course evaluation.

Fellowship centres, dates and mentors:

  • Belgium: University Hospitals Leuven (July 3-7, 2023). Fellowship mentors: Michael CASAER & Jan GUNST
  • Germany: Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin Campus Mitte (October 9-13, 2023). Fellowship mentors: Stefan SCHALLER & Steffen WEBER-CARSTENS. 
  • Sweden: Karolinska University Hospital (November 20-24, 2023). Fellowship mentor: Olav ROOYACKERS

For further information see Collaborative Centres of Expertise in Intensive Care – ESICM

Fellowships fully funded by ‘Fresenius Kabi’. 

  • Intensive care doctors, nurses and allied health care professionals (N&AHPs) with high interest in patient nutrition in intensive care.

IMPORTANT! A total of 10 places will be offered for FREE to participants coming from Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC), as per the World Bank classification. If you are interested to apply for an LMIC place, send us your letter of interest and CV to Applicants from LMIC may be selected for a maximum of 3 ESICM eCourses for FREE every year. Applicants who have participated in 1 eCourse as a free LMIC applicant need to have an active ESICM membership for the current year before applying again. 

Nutrition in clinical illness, Brussels (Virtual), Belgium, 26/04/2023-27/04/2023 has been granted 7 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).

Highlights of previous editions


This year’s first edition was attended by 79 participants from 38 countries. Here’s what they thought was the best part of the event:

  • Great that it was a multidisciplinary course. Fantastic speakers and very interesting presentations.
  • The e-course was very well organised as it is already a standard for all ESICM events. Perhaps the best aspect is the possibility to communicate directly with the faculty members.
  • Very practical course and directed to the clinical practice. It also revealed the gaps in the current knowledge and areas in need of further research.
  • The experience of participants is invaluable. The attention and availability they have for us during the event are totally graceful. The pictures and videos they share with us are awesome. I would do it again and again.
  • For me the combination of practical (learning through clinical cases) and theoretical part. This helped a lot to understand.
  • The best aspect was the possibility of asking questions to professionals and authors of guidelines. The second one – was the presence of perfect clinical cases as practical side of this ecourse.

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