A Position Description is a document on hospital letterhead which refers to the specific discipline in medicine you are focusing on i.e. cardiology, general medicine, haematology, etc. and the level of the position i.e. registrar, senior registrar.
If you are completing an accredited Medicine term, please submit your position description, together with your AVT, to the Training Department.
For non-accredited Medicine (longitudinal and acute) and all Emergency Medicine terms, a PD is not required.
The College expects that a doctor entering the training program in intensive care medicine will have the potential to complete the training program successfully and to achieve all the competencies and show all the values, attitudes and aptitudes required of a specialist in intensive care medicine. It is believed that the intern year and 6 months intensive care time required prior to starting the training program provide the foundation for the above.
The College does not run a course specifically for exam preparation. Multiple units and Fellows throughout Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand do run courses aimed at assisting trainees prepare for all CICM examinations. It is recommended that trainees look on the CICM events and courses page and also talk to their supervisor and other trainees for advice on these courses.
The acceptance of a formal project depends on several factors and examples of possible projects include (but are not limited to):
To ensure all trainees contribute an equal total amount towards their training program, trainees who apply for retrospective accreditation of previously completed training time will be required to pay the same annual training fee.
Currently, the Board has resolved to increase all fees by CPI (approximately 3%) each year, this is to ensure that there will not be a requirement to sharply increase fees in future years.
Training Fees contribute to the following:
There is no specific syllabus for the Second Part Examination, which comprises written and oral sections covering the theory and practice of intensive care medicine, including relevant aspects of the basic sciences, anaesthesia and clinical medicine. These are comprehensively described in the document T-30 Competencies, Learning Opportunities, Teaching and Assessments for Training in General Intensive Care Medicine.
Yes. A candidate who presents for either the written or oral component has a maximum of five attempts for each examination.
Mentors are a combination of role model, advocate, friend and confidante and this relationship usually forms over time. As the mentor/mentee relationship is a personal one, it is difficult for the College to mandate and therefore assign mentors to trainees. We suggest that trainees begin looking for a trusted person early in their training. Talking to Fellows and senior colleagues on a regular basis may assist in finding a mentor. It is preferable that your mentor is not your supervisor of training.
No, they do not. The new curriculum requires that certain aspects of the training program must be completed at certain times, however this does not mean that training cannot be completed concurrently with another College. Each trainee’s journey is different and we recommend that trainees contact the respective Colleges to discuss their individual situation. Concurrent training requires the trainee to be well organised and aware of each College’s regulations.
Careful planning prior to the commencement of the project will maximise the likelihood of
success. It is recommended that trainees begin planning their formal project as early as possible.
A Formal Project must be submitted before entering Transition Year training (for trainees who registered after January 1 2014).
Yes, the College has a logbook available for use and trainees are encouraged to utilise this as it can be a valuable resource for reflection and learning.
To access, please log into the Members Portal using your CICM credentials and click on the Dashboard menu item. For the list of items that can be recorded, Frequently Asked Questions and the logbook user guide, visit Log Book.
The information logged will allow trainees to document the exposure receiving during training, while also helping the College collect valuable data. This information will help the College understand the activity in our accredited units, as well as determine the optimal capacity to deliver the program to current and future trainees.
The CICM trainee logbook is available for use on smartphones, tablet or desktop.
The College encourages trainees to contact the Training Department without hesitation.
The College is able to assist with questions regarding:
Interrupted training is any period spent in activities not related to intensive care medicine (ie. travelling, extended study or sick leave).
If a trainee is working in a discipline that is not mandatory training it may be considered non-accredited clinical training time (NACT) and can be undertaken for periods of up to 12 months at a time.
The Censor is responsible for the oversight of individual training applications, evaluation of applications for entrance to College examinations, supervision of assessment of Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) and Area Of Need applications and admission to Fellowship.
Trainees must contact the College training department to discuss the specific details of the leave. Interrupted training must be prospectively approved and will be individually assessed.
Non-accredited clinical training time (NACT) must be prospectively approved by the Censor and trainees must submit an Approval of Vocational Training (AVT) form.
Trainees can take 8 weeks leave per year for all purposes (sick, holiday, study etc.) before training is impacted.
Yes. The College is very supportive of parents wishing to take leave to raise a family. The Parental Leave policy can be viewed here: T-3 Parental Leave Policy
If undertaking intensive care, Yes.
Trainees undertaking non-accredited clinical time in a non-intensive care specialty can submit either a letter of service or an assessment from the relevant training body i.e. Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) or the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).
Yes. Trainees are more than welcome to enquire about their remaining training and assessment requirements should they switch between General and Paediatric. A new assessment is required and the Censor will endeavour to apply recognition of prior learning where applicable.
A RAP is a Reconciliation Action Plan that sets out key goals for achievement in the College’s journey to improve Indigenous health in Australia and support the reconciliation movement. The College collaborated with Reconciliation Australia in developing our first formally endorsed RAP, showing our ongoing commitment to enabling the best health outcomes for critically ill Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, their families and communities.
The College has a Reflect RAP. It is currently under review for 2022/2023 and will be announced soon.
The Reconciliation Action Plan working group reports on the progress of the RAP to the College’s Indigenous Health Committee (IHC). The IHC reports to the College Board, ensuring that the overall responsibility rests with the College and its Board Members.
Check out Reconciliation Australia website.