The College has a number of tools and resources to help trainees through the training program. Please see below.
The College endeavours to provide support to trainees and Fellows in a timely manner. To assist with this, the College communicates primarily by email for efficiency. Trainees and Fellows are advised to add the @cicm.org.au email domain to their email safe list to avoid missing out on important College information.
A bi-annual survey is sent to all trainees who have recently completed accredited training. The survey is an opportunity for trainees to review all aspects of their training term and provide feedback in a confidential manner. It is also a chance for trainees who would like to identify effective and supportive Supervisors and Units or recommend any improvements that could be made to a particular rotation.
This helps the College;
• continually analyse and develop the training program
• monitor the quality of our teaching units and Supervisors of Training
• give recognition to effective educators and assist with blue printing for other units
Trainees are able to request a survey follow-up from the College to discuss any further issues, with all discussions remaining confidential.
Trainee survey follow up - sample
The College aims to provide support for trainees experiencing difficulties during training. The majority of trainees will progress through training without significant difficulties and most will be minor, allowing the Supervisor of Training (SOT) to assist.
Should a trainee be referred to the College (by their SOT) for additional support, the College will endeavour to assist the trainee in an impartial and constructive manner. For an outline of support offered by the College please refer to the T-13 Guidelines for Assisting Trainees Identified as Requiring Additional Support document.
It is also important for trainees, Supervisors and Fellows to understand that examination support is available.
As of the 1st January 2013, trainees who present for either the written or oral component of a College examination have a maximum of five attempts (First and Second Part are counted separately). In January 2015, the College ran its first face-to-face workshop for trainees who were having difficulty passing the written exam. The program included an overview of the exam structure, practice of written questions with individual feedback from a College examiner and discussion on the importance of correct exam preparation.
The College plans to make this an annual event with places being offered in the first instance to trainees who have been unsuccessful two or more times in a written exam.
Trainees and Fellows are advised to refer to the CICM guide to training and supporting documents that are available in the Resources tab of this page.
In addition to the mandatory courses of the training program, some trainees may find undertaking specific courses can enhance their professional development. The College advertises a range of courses and workshops delivered by external providers.
For further information please see the Courses and Events section of the website.