Trainees are required to submit a satisfactory Formal Project report during their training. Completion of training cannot be certified nor Fellowship recommended until a satisfactory project report has been received and appropriately reviewed.
The report must be based on a project in which the trainee has participated to a significant extent. There are several possible forms that such a project could take:
While a thesis itself is not acceptable as the Formal Project, the material within a thesis can be written up and submitted as the project report, provided it conforms to all of the other requirements for submission. Publications that have arisen from work reported in a thesis are also acceptable as are publications or other reports that have derived from work undertaken by the trainee as part of a course of work such as an epidemiology or scientific methods course.
The project must be reported with all the elements of a scientific publication, although actual publication is not required and may not even be appropriate. There must be an abstract. There must be an introduction that explains the background to the project including a hypothesis or a reason for conducting the study. There should be a clear explanation of the methods involved in the study. For a case series, this would include an explanation of how the cases were selected. The means for data collection are important for most studies but especially those involving clinical audit where there is a significant difference between voluntary or 'routine' reporting and data specifically collected as part of a focused data collection process. Full explanation of statistical methods must be provided. Where relevant, ethics committee oversight must have been sought and approval obtained. Results of the study or the clinical details of any case series must be provided in sufficient detail to meet the objective of the study. The discussion should include a review of the relevant literature pertaining to the study and the review must be reasonably inclusive. Reports should normally be no longer than 3,000 words and never longer than 4000 words.
Reports will be accepted in one of two forms: either a published manuscript or a submission that conforms to the requirements for authors submitting manuscripts to the College journal 'Critical Care and Resuscitation'. They must be written in correct English. An English translation must be provided for published reports written initially in a foreign language. Publications in peer-reviewed journals and reports submitted to other Colleges as projects can be submitted. Articles that have been accepted for publication in a journal with routine peer-review of submissions can be submitted but it must be the accepted version of the project report and it must be accompanied by a letter indicating acceptance for publication. All unpublished manuscripts must include an up-to-date literature review. This is especially applicable for reports that have been previously submitted to CICM or to other Colleges or faculties.
All reports must meet all of the criteria for submission listed in T-9 Formal Project Requirements. This includes a requirement for presentation that must have been met and documented before submission. The only exception to this requirement is candidates for the Felicity Hawker Medal where the presentation may be part of the assessment process.
The project report is to be evaluated by the trainee's Supervisor of Training or the Project Supervisor and the evaluation (including an assurance that the trainee has been a major contributor to the project and the principal author of the report) is to accompany the report when submitted. The final evaluation will be undertaken by the College's Formal Project Assessment Panel. To download the form please click here.
The initial project review process will take at least 4-6 weeks especially for unpublished manuscripts. Trainees are thus advised to submit their formal projects with sufficient time for this purpose in order avoid delays to the award of Fellowship. There are no acceptable grounds for seeking an expedited assessment.
For further information, please contact the Administration Assistant, Training & Online Learning- Jennifer Condon