About us

Critical Care Scenarios is a podcast dedicated to scenario-based critical care training. It aims to develop a practical, hands-on understanding of the management of critically ill patients through the medium of “talked through” verbal scenarios, presented monthly in an informal podcast format.

The intended audience is critical care clinicians of all types and backgrounds, including physicians in training (residents and fellows), advanced practice providers involved in critical care (PAs and NPs), students, ICU nurses, ED and EMS providers, and anyone else with an interest in the diagnosis and treatment of sick patients. Topics are drawn from all sectors of adult critical care, including medical and surgical ICUs, neurocritical care, cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgical care, trauma, and resuscitation.

Questions, comments, or suggestions for topics or guests can be directed to [email protected]. Keep up with us on Twitter at @icuscenarios, and subscribe directly in your podcast app of choice.

Your hosts

Brandon Oto PA-C, NREMT

Brandon Oto is a critical care physician assistant at UConn Health in Farmington, CT. He attended the PA program at the University of New England, then completed the Post-Graduate Critical Care Residency for Physician Assistants at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He went on to staff the trauma/surgical ICU at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital, and now works in a mixed adult critical care unit at UConn. He runs the educational critical care blog Critical Concepts, and is interested in resuscitation, mechanical ventilation, ICU liberation, medical education, vascular access, and point-of-care ultrasound. Find him on Twitter at @critconcepts or email him at [email protected].

Bryan BolinG, DNP, ACNP

Bryan Boling is a critical care nurse practitioner with the Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine service at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. A graduate of their Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, he currently rotates between the Neuro, Surgical, and Cardiothoracic ICUs. In addition to his clinical practice, Bryan is a frequent writer and speaker on critical care and educational topics, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is interested in all aspects of critical care, particularly shock, resuscitation, point-of-care ultrasound, vascular access, and advanced airway management. Find him on Twitter at @bryanboling or email him at [email protected].


All content discussed should be considered the personal opinions of the podcast hosts and their guests, and are not representative of their employers or other affiliated organizations. In no case should medical care be based solely upon the content of these discussions, which are intended as general educational content only, not as a definitive medical reference.

Scenarios presented are fictional. In some cases they are inspired by real events, in which case the particulars have been extensively modified for both anonymity and educational purposes. In other cases they are completely fabricated.

In general, the hosts have no commercial conflicts of interest relevant to the material presented. If conflicts do occur, they will be disclosed in the relevant post and accompanying podcast.