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Brandon Oto, PA-C, FCCM

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Brandon Oto, PA-C, FCCM



Brandon Oto, PA-C, FCCM is a critical care physician assistant in the Medical ICU at Bridgeport Hospital, and a Clinical Instructor with the Department of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. Following his first career as an EMT, he attended the PA program at the University of New England and completed the Post-Graduate Critical Care Residency for Physician Assistants at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has since worked clinically in medical, surgical, trauma, and neurological critical care settings.

He has chaired national committees within the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Society of Point of Care Ultrasound, and serves on the Citizen CPR Foundation's HEARTSafe Program Advisory Committee. He has been an invited speaker for local, regional, and national events and has authored numerous educational reviews and textbook chapters.

For many years, he has taught using a variety of non-traditional digital formats, including podcasts, blogs, and social media. He founded and co-hosts the popular educational podcast Critical Care Scenarios, and manages the educational blog Critical Concepts.

He has interests in mechanical ventilation, medical education, point-of-care ultrasound, and diagnostic challenges among the critically ill.

Education & Training

  • Critical Care PA Resident
    Johns Hopkins Hospital (2016)


  • Give it a Name: Reviving the art of diagnosis
    Virtual conference 2024
    California APA Virtual Rounds 2024
  • Bias, Hubris, Prognosis: Clinical humility in the ICU
    New York, NY, United States 2024
    Memorial Sloan Kettering 2024 Critical Care Oncology Symposium
  • Salt, Water, Flow: The dilemma of volume management
    Groton, CT, United States 2024
    ConnAPA Charter Oak Conference 2024
  • Differentiating the Undifferentiated: Principles and Approaches for the Undiagnosed ICU Patient
    Phoenix, AZ, United States 2024
    SCCM Congress 2024
  • You certainly have SOMETHING: Diagnosing the critically ill
    New York, NY, United States 2023
    Memorial Sloan Kettering 2023 Critical Care Oncology Symposium
  • "Fluid and Electrolytes," "Introduction to Acid-Base"
    [virtual] 2022
    Columbia University Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program
  • Prehospital Trauma and Hemorrhagic Shock
    [virtual] 2022
    Harrington Healthcare System EMS Morbidity & Mortality Conference
  • "Using Data to Drive Localized Lifesaving Strategies" & "Quality Improvement and Public Reporting"
    San Diego, CA, United States 2021
    Citizen CPR Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit 2021
  • Implementation Strategies
    Farmington, CT, United States 2021
    ICU Liberation Hosted Course
  • Sedation and Analgesia in the Critically Ill
    Online course 2021
    FOAMFrat Paramedic Refresher Course
  • HEARTSafe Communities: The Evidentiary Basis So Far
    [virtual] 2020
    Citizen CPR Foundation Virtual Summit 2020
  • "Non-Invasive Ventilation," "Intro to Acid-Base"
    Remote didactics, recurrent annually (2020-2022)
    Johns Hopkins Critical Care PA Residency
  • An Overview of Shock
    [virtual] 2020
    UConn Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program
  • Staying Woke: Liberating the Critically Ill from Immobility, Sedation, and Delirium
    Cheverly, MD, United States 2018
    University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Grand Rounds
  • "Abdominal Emergencies," "Altered Mental Status"
    Boston, MA, United States 2015
    Northeastern University EMT Course

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Presidential CitationSociety of Critical Care Medicine2024
Fellow of Critical Care MedicineAmerican College of Critical Care Medicine2023
Presidential CitationSociety of Critical Care Medicine2022

Professional Service

ICU Liberation Committee, Society of Critical Care MedicineCommittee Member2023 - 2026
Accreditation and Learning Strategies Committee, Society of Critical Care MedicineChair2023 - 2024
SPOCUS iScan 2022Judge2022 - Present
POCUS Guideline Committee, Society of Point of Care UltrasoundChair2022 - 2024
Physician Assistant Section, Society of Critical Care MedicineMember at large2020 - 2023
Accreditation and Learning Strategies Committee, Society of Critical Care MedicineMember2019 - 2022
HEARTSafe Program Advisory Committee, Citizen CPR FoundationMember2019 - Present

Departments & Organizations