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College of Intensive Care Medicine

of Australia and New Zealand

CICM SOT Newsletter

25 August 2016

Supervisor of Training Workshops
The College conducted its second Supervisor of Training Workshop on Thursday 28 July in Sydney. The workshop was facilitated by Dr Bronwyn Avard and A/Prof Bruce Lister, and it included sessions on providing feedback, remediating techniques for poorly performing trainee as well as a Q&A session with Formal Project Panel Member Ian Seppelt and a discussion on current curriculum requirements.

Feedback from the workshop was very positive with the role playing, interactive discussions, and Q&A sessions being well received. The workshop was also a valuable networking tool for Supervisors (especially those from rural areas) as well was an opportunity to ask questions on College business.

A final workshop for the year will be held on Thursday October 27 in Adelaide (venue to be confirmed) and dates for a New Zealand workshop in 2017 will be announced shortly.

To review the program outline, please click here. If you would like to register for any of the dates listed above, please click this link and follow the prompts.
If you are a Supervisor (from Australia or New Zealand) who lives outside of one of the above regions, the College will provide a return economy airfare and a nights’ accommodation if required. Please note that as a Supervisor, it is expected you attend one of the workshops as this is an opportunity for you to not only learn new skills and techniques but also to network with Supervisors from other regions. Supervisors can also claim CPD points for these workshops.

If you have any further questions, please contact Caitlin Gheller, caitling@cicm.org.au.

Supervisor of Training Survey
 In the coming weeks, all supervisors will receive an email with a link to complete the College’s Supervisor of Training Survey. 

The survey allows supervisors to submit ideas and feedback and also assists the College in identifying areas that we can improve on in order to provide greater supervisor resources and support.

Please contact Caitlin Gheller, caitling@cicm.org.au if you have any questions.

Policy Documents and Guides
The College is pleased to announce that The Paediatric Exposure Guidelines are now available on the ‘General Intensive Care Training Program’ section of our website. The guidelines have been created to assist trainees on the current curriculum (General Pathway) to identify which disciplines may be accredited for their paediatric exposure component, and is also a useful document for supervisors to understand the paediatric exposure requirements and to assist trainees with their future rotation plans. 

The College’s guidelines for Competencies, Teaching, Learning Opportunities and Assessments for Training in Paediatric Intensive Care for the the paediatric pathway is now available on the ‘Paediatric Intensive Care Training Program’ section of our website.  The guidelines have been created to define the competencies that a trainee on the Paediatric Pathway should acquire during the training period, and subsequently maintain and enhance throughout their career in paediatric intensive care.
The College has also published on its website a table of the training program for the general pathway. This table is a timeline of the training program and also outlines all training and assessment requirements of the current curriculum. A table for the Paediatric pathway will be uploaded to the CICM website very shortly.

Please contact Caitlin Gheller, caitling@cicm.org.au if you have any questions.

Training and Assessment Requirements – Current Curriculum
The College is reviewing the progression of trainees on the current curriculum and noted that nearly 20% of trainees who registered after January 1 2014 have either commenced or completed Core Training rotations. Trainees who have completed more than 12 months of their Core Training requirements will be contacted by the College shortly to remind them of all remaining courses and workplace based assessments they are required to complete prior to commencing the transition year.
As a supervisor, the College highly appreciates any reminders you provide to trainees about completing courses and workplace based assessments. Trainees are able to review their outstanding requirements by reviewing their Trainee Dashboard and can submit any workplace based assessments and course certificates to assessments@cicm.org.au

Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Competency
Any trainee who is registered on the current curriculum is required to complete the following competencies as a part of the Focused Cardiac Ultrasound competency;
      Attend a College approved echocardiography course
      Perform 30 Focused Cardiac Ultrasound cases, assessed as satisfactory by a College approved assessor
      Complete a short online MCQ style exam

To assist trainees with completing this competency, the College has published on the website a list of all approved courses and assessors in each region. The College is also interested in each region’s strategies to ensure trainees are completing this requirement. If your region organises ultrasound teaching and any opportunities for trainees to present cases, please contact the College at education@cicm.org.au.