The College expects that a doctor entering the training program in intensive care medicine will have the potential to complete the training program successfully and to achieve all the competencies and show all the values, attitudes and aptitudes required of a specialist in intensive care medicine. It is believed that the intern year and 6 months intensive care time required prior to starting the training program provides the foundation for the above.
The College does not run a course specifically for exam preparation. Multiple units and Fellows throughout Australia and New Zealand do run courses aimed at assisting trainees prepare for all CICM examinations. It is recommended that trainees look on the CICM events and courses page and also talk to their supervisor and other trainees for advice on these courses.
The acceptance of a formal project depends on several factors and examples of possible projects include (but are not limited to):
To ensure all trainees contribute an equal total amount towards their training program, trainees who apply for retrospective accreditation of previously completed training time will be required to pay the same annual training fee.
Currently, the Board has resolved to increase all fees by CPI (approximately 3%) each year, this is to ensure that there will not be a requirement to sharply increase fees in future years.
Training Fees contribute to the following:
There is no specific syllabus for the Second Part Examination, which comprises written and oral sections covering the theory and practice of intensive care medicine, including relevant aspects of the basic sciences, anaesthesia and clinical medicine. These are comprehensively described in the document “Competencies, Learning Opportunities, Teaching and Assessments for Training in General Intensive Care”.
Yes. A candidate who presents for either the written or oral component has a maximum of five attempts for each examination.
Mentors are a combination of role model, advocate, friend and confidante and this relationship usually forms over time. As the mentor/mentee relationship is a personal one, it is difficult for the College to mandate and therefore assign mentors to trainees. We suggest that trainees begin looking for a trusted person early in their training. Talking to Fellows and senior colleagues on a regular basis may assist in finding a mentor. It is preferable that your mentor is not your supervisor of training.
No, it does not. The new curriculum requires that certain aspects of the training program must be completed at certain times, however this does not mean that training cannot be completed concurrently with another College. Each trainee’s journey is different and we recommend that trainees contact the respective Colleges to discuss their individual situation. Concurrent training requires the trainee to be well organised and aware of each College’s regulations.
Careful planning prior to the commencement of the project will maximise the likelihood of
success. It is recommended that trainees begin planning their formal project as early as possible.
A Formal Project must be submitted before entering Transition training (for trainees who registered after January 1st 2014).
Currently trainees are not required to maintain a procedural logbook, however trainees are encouraged to do so as this can be a valuable resource for reflection and learning. There are various types of logbook available, the College does not at this time advocate a particular system.
The College encourages trainees to contact the training department without hesitation.
The College is able to assist with questions regarding:
Interrupted training is any period spent in activities not related to intensive care medicine (ie. travelling, extended study or sick leave).
If a trainee is working in a discipline that is not mandatory training it may be considered “deferred training”. Deferred training can be undertaken for periods of up to 12 months at a time.
The Censor is responsible for the oversight of individual training applications, evaluation of applications for entrance to College examinations, supervision of assessment of Overseas Trained Specialist and Area Of Need applications and admission to Fellowship.
Trainees must contact the College training department to discuss the specific details of the leave. Interrupted training must be prospectively approved and will be individually assessed.
Deferred training must be prospectively approved by the Censor and trainees must submit an Approval of Vocational Training (AVT) form.
Yes. The College is very supportive of parents wishing to take leave to raise a family. Trainees are advised to contact the College to discuss further as each application is individually assessed.
If undertaking intensive care, Yes.
Trainees undertaking deferred training in a non-intensive care specialty can submit either a letter of service or an assessment from the relevant training body i.e. Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) or the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).
Yes. Trainees are more than welcome to enquire about their remaining training and assessment requirements should they switch between General and Paediatric. A new assessment is required and the Censor will endeavour to apply recognition of prior learning where applicable.