Course on Nutrition in Critical Illness

Format: Virtual
Dates: 26-27 April, 2023


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

The Course 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’ will be offered 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 pre-course materials available for study in the dedicated online classroom on the ESICM Academy. Please note that ONLY registered participants can access the dedicated classroom.

IMPORTANT! A total of 10 places will be offered for FREE to participants coming from Low- and Lower- 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 will be selected based on gender equity, equitable geographical representation, levels of expertise, with special attention to multidisciplinarity and interprofessionalism. Deadline for LMIC applications: March 31, 2023. 

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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®).

  • Learn from experts and share best practice with peers
  • Be part of a unique training experience that proactively recalls your previous knowledge and skills in field
  • Deepen and broaden your in line with your profile and interest


  • Discuss the evidence surrounding enteral (EN) and parenteral nutrition (PN) during the different phases of the metabolic response to critical illness.
  • Understand 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 the indication for different PN & EN formulations and different access-modalities (nasal/oral tube versus percutaneous access to the stomach, duodenum or jejunum)
  • Outline 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 up 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 and dates:

  • Belgium: University Hospitals Leuven (July 3-7, 2023)
    Germany: Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin Campus Mitte (date to be confirmed)
    Sweden: Karolinska University Hospital (date to be confirmed)

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.