To be eligible to present candidates must:
The Second Part Examination is held twice each year and comprises of a written and oral component. The written section may be taken in cities of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand or other areas.
Dates and venues are subject to change.
SIMGs must also provide 4 OCEs to the College as per above if they have not previously completed these.
Late and/or incomplete applications and missing documentations will not be accepted under any circumstance after the advertised closing date of applications.
If this is not your first attempt at the examination, please ensure you current TAP has been submitted to the College prior to applying for the exam.
Please note: Should you wish to withdraw from the exam after the closing date or notification of conditional approval/full approval to sit the exam, a 30% cancellation fee applies. This fee maybe waived if an application for Special Consideration has been received and approved by the Chair of the Exam Committee.
Applications for the 2024 second sitting of the second part exam will open on Monday 10 June by 5pm (AEST) and will close on Friday 21 June 2024 at 9am (AEST). Please check regularly for when the link above is made active to apply.
Special Consideration and Reasonable Adjustments
The College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM) is committed to ensuring the integration of principles of equal access, participation and opportunity for trainees with a disability or medical condition.
Who can apply for Special Consideration or a Reasonable Adjustment?
Any Trainee and Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMGs) of the College undertaking a College Examination can apply for special consideration or a reasonable adjustment.
The College recommends that candidates apply for reasonable adjustment when entering the training program. At the latest, applications should be submitted by the advertised closure of the relevant online exam application.
Submitting an Application for Special Consideration or Reasonable Adjustment
All applications need to be submitted to the Exams Department via email. Special instructions are detailed on the appropriate application form and must be accompanied by supporting documentation.
If you have any queries regarding the policy or application process, please do not hesitate to contact the Exams Department.
The Policy and application forms can be found below.
T-19 Reasonable Adjustment Form
T-19 Special Consideration Form
T-19 Special Circumstances and Reasonable Adjustment Policy for examinations
The first edition of the CICM Second Part General Exam Syllabus has been derived to provide trainees and SIMGs a mechanism to support their study and preparation for the exam. The first edition of the syllabus is effective from 2024 and will be used to derive the content of the March/May 2024 examination.
Click here to view the Second Part General Exam Syllabus (First Edition)
Head over to Educational Resources to find out more on VIVA Practice Exams
View Exam Reports Below.
From 2023, the College will publish the SAQ written papers on the Examinations Hub, which can be found on the Online Learning platform from the CICM Member’s Portal
Second Part Exam FAQs
There are two papers each consisting of 15 short answer questions (SAQ). The time allowed for each paper is 2.5 hours and this allows approximately ten minutes per SAQ.
Basic stationery such as pens (blue and/or black pens only), rulers, erasers, and non-programmable calculators, and analogue clocks/watches (must be silent and not internet-capable). Answer booklets are provided by the College.
NOTE: Programmable calculators, personal computers, mobile phones, smart/sport watches, digital clocks/timers with sound and internet capabilities, and other electronic equipment may not be taken into any section of the examination.
Angoff cut-off mark
A hot case is a 20 minute patient encounter that focuses on a clinical problem. Candidates will be asked to carry out a physical examination of patients with acute medical or surgical problems in an intensive care unit and then discuss with the examiners.
A viva is a 12 minute encounter with an examiner to test knowledge of basic and more difficult questions that allows demonstration of an appropriate level of competence, management, etc.
Some vivas stations will test:
Written results can take up to four weeks to prepare and are sent to candidates via email. Results will not be given over the phone.
Oral section results are sent to candidates via email, usually the Monday morning following the last day of the oral section (times to be specified by College staff on the day).
The report provides candidates, tutors and Supervisors of Training with information about the examination. Answers provided are not model answers but guides to what was expected for a particular question.
A candidate who presents for either the written or oral component has a maximum of five attempts. If unsuccessful on the fifth attempt the candidate will not be eligible for further examination candidacy and will no longer be registered as a trainee.