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College of Intensive Care Medicine

of Australia and New Zealand

Trainee e-news

24 July 2015

Making the Most of Your Mentor
Rebecca Smith
shutterstock_mentoring.jpgIn the last month I’ve submitted my final paperwork to CICM, attended SMACC and moved to the other side of the world to start a PICU fellowship at SickKids, Toronto. These three events have found me reflecting on my training and the mentors who have guided me along the way.

A good mentor takes you under their wing, providing both personal and professional support as you navigate the challenges of intensive care training. They act as role models, providing inspiration and valuable feedback. Whilst their role is not necessarily to map out training they often provide practical advice to ensure you are on the right track and help open doors for future career opportunities.
The right mentor enhances the training experience - so how do you go about finding such an important person?  

Continue reading here..
Fellow Profile - Manchester Royal Infirmiry
Maurice Le Guen
shutterstock_Trainee-Profile.jpgIf you're keen to put yourself out of your comfort zone and question your day to day practice completing an international fellowship is a great start. I'm currently working as a senior clinical fellow in ICU at Manchester Royal Infirmary and there's no 'propes' or 'sux', its propofol and suxamethonium thank you very much (there's also absolutely no chance of getting a drinkable flat white anywhere). Despite the lack of suitable caffeine, it’s been a fantastic way to expose myself to a new clinical environment and really question my beliefs and approach to medicine all the way from bedside clinical care right through to the hospital and health systems level. 
An Adult Doctor in the world of PICU
Isuru Seneviratne
With the new curriculum changes it is now part of ICM training to do 6 months of paediatrics – this can take the form of PICU / Mixed ED / Mixed ICU / Acute Paediatric Medicine and so on with the aim to gain experience in Paediatrics. So what’s it like being an Adult Doc in the world of kids?
Being part of the old curriculum it was not necessary for me to do any Paediatric time but I thought it would be a worthwhile experience and so for 2014 I did a year of PICU at the Mater Children’s Hospital and the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH) (the result of a merger of the two Paediatric hospitals in Brisbane). Why did I do it? Well I had worked in a mixed ICU and had dealt with my fair share of Bronchs and Septic Kids, but with that kids still felt out of my comfort zone. In addition to this from a future job prospective point of view, though I would love to work in a major urban tertiary ICU with all sup-specialties and awesome gadgets at my disposal; the truth was that I might start work in a more peripheral/less urban ICU and I would have to assess and stabilise sick kids till they could be retrieved – hence the more experience the better.
Mindfulness for ICU Trainees
Andrew Davies, Intensivist at Frankston Hospital
shutterstock_mindfull-(2).jpgWe live and work in an incredibly busy and fast-paced world. In intensive care, we need to manage our patients, manage our interactions with a large number of staff-members, and manage our complicated lives. We have amazing productivity tools like computers and smartphones, but the growing online world including social media is making things all the more stressful. A degree of stress actually helps our performance; however too much stress leads to fatigue, exhaustion and burn out. Prof Yahya Shehabi and colleagues showed in a survey 7 years ago that 80% of Australian intensivists exhibited signs of psychological stress and discomfort and 42% showed signs of emotional exhaustion [Shehabi Y, Dobb G, Jenkins I, et al. Crit Care Resusc 2008; 10(4):312-5].
First Part Exam Resources
Patricia Hurune

The CICM First Part exam is an overwhelmingly large undertaking, given the depth and breadth of the syllabus that trainees are expected to cover. With the curriculum change in 2014, it has also become the only First Part exam accepted for CICM training, so there is no way out. This is a list of some of the resources that I came across from various sources as I prepared for the exam. 

I have tried to list them in one place in the hope that future first part candidates can quickly sift through them and decide which resources best suit your study style. This list is by no means exhaustive I would imagine, and if anyone has any other hidden gems that may be of help, then please pass them on to your state or territory trainee rep so that they can be added to the list.

For the full list of resources continue reading article here..

Review: CICM 2015 ASM Darwin
Brandon Burke


Intensivists and trainees from around Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong descended upon the hot and humid city of Darwin for this year’s CICM annual scientific meeting. The ASM had the theme: “Catch the Bug” - Battling Infectious Disease in ICU.

Clearly sepsis is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality and consumes extensive ICU resources. The goal of the ASM was to explore the challenges of infectious diseases in both the adult and paediatric ICU – very timely when considering the emergence of diseases such as MERS and Ebola in recent times. 

For the full list of resources continue reading article here..

ACCCN and ANZICS Critical Collaborative Victoria 
Patricia Hurune and Sarah Yong

The inaugural Victorian Critical Care Collaborative symposium was held in Melbourne on the 8th of May 2015. This symposium targeted all critical care providers including pre-hospital, medical, nursing and allied health with the aim to provide multi-disciplinary continuing education across the whole spectrum of critical care areas.
The theme of the day was “Keeping it real”, and true to the title, it featured real life aspects of inter professional communication between critical care providers both outside and within the hospital setting.

Continue reading here..

Review: SMACC
Allun Ellis 
shutterstock_testimonial-icon.jpgSince its inception only 3 years ago in Sydney, SMACC has developed as one of the foremost conventions for critical care clinicians.  But it is anything but conventional.  This year’s opening ceremony featured dancers, drums and a rather large, albeit impotent, glitter cannon before a sobering introduction from Cliff Reid with his advice to the young resuscitationist.  Held at the gargantuan McCormick Place in Chicago, this year saw 3,500 doctors, paramedics, nurses and apparently, at least one gynaecologist, descend to share knowledge and a beer or two.  For those not familiar with SMACC, it combines social media enthusiasts and critical care clinicians who are dedicated to the principle of free open-access medical education (FOAM), with some bloggers now FOAM-Celebs in their own right.  The event was dotted with a number of Twitter celebs, often politely partaking in a selfie with their fellow Tweeters…
Courses and Events

This ASM will be like no other. With the theme of ‘Minds and Machines” we have gone beyond a focused single system conference to look at how our minds work, how we treat the damaged brain and on the machinery that is becoming increasingly used for organ support and diagnosis. We have exciting local and international speakers presenting interesting and thought provoking topics that can’t be found from a text book.

See you in Adelaide!

1 - 3 March 2016

Numbers are limited! To be placed on a registration list contact Steph, stephg@cicm.org.au.
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
28 July 2015
Crawley, WA
For more information please click here

Critical Care Imaging Course
**FREE Registration for ICU trainees**
17 - 21 August 2015
Queenstown, NZ
For more information click here

Beyond BASIC - Advanced Airway Management
27 August 2015
Liverpool Hospital, NSW
For more information and to register click here
Brisbane Intensive Care Medicine Courses
29 September - 1 October 2015
The Wesley & Princess Alexandra Hospitals, Brisbane, QLD
For more information and to register click here
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