CICM Fellowship Exam

CICM Second Part Exam resources in Deranged Physiology come in several forms. The most useful are the answered past paper questions, which have been separated and categorised by topic. As far as one can tell, this is the only such taxonomy available at the moment. This is most suited to the trainee who has decided that they are going to tackle the exam by going through each major thematic section at a time, rather than doing past papers in chronological order. Apart from answered SAQs and unofficial vivas, summaries of key topics are available in the "Required Reading" section, which represent the author's own notes for this exam. Each time the college publishes a new exam paper, and each time some major research shakes the foundation of our specialty, these notes undergo some limited revision.

A few brief words about the exam.

Little is available out there to prepare the candidate for the horror of these end days. The exam is separated into three distinct cognitive niches. The written paper and the vivas integrate together very well; the hot cases are a totally different kettle of fish. This content represents my notes for the CICM Fellowship Part Two Examination. If one distrusts secondary sources, one can peruse the original past papers here, at the college website. The College have some material on their site, particularly their Notes to Candidates; this is useful insofar as it is an explanation of the exam process, the marking of the papers, and the expected behaviour of examiners and candidates during the clinical section.

Of the resouces hosted here or anywhere, none surpasses the massive Anki package compiled by James Malycha, which can be downloaded by clicking on this link (be warned, it is ~ 216 Mb) 

Chris Andersen's Fellowship Study Book can be found at his website (ICUPrimaryPrep)

Life In The Fast Lane have a good page with useful links to exam preparation resources.

Crit-IQ offer a paid service, with excellent podcasts and a regularly updated journal club. There one may also discover various exam preparation courses which may be helpful.

The Intensive Care Network has some of the same notes as LITFL, but in word document format. There is also a wealth of educational material in the format of lectures and podcasts, presented in a luxuriously media-rich format.

Lastly, readers are invited to read these two papers detailing the intentions and design decisions of the original creators of the CICM Fellowship assessment processs, G.M. Clarke and G.A. Harrison:

Clarke, G. M., and G. A. Harrison. "The training/examination programme in intensive care, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists 1. Training." Anaesthesia and intensive care 21.6 (1993): 848-853.

Harrison, G. A., and G. M. Clarke. "The training/examination programme in intensive care, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists: 2. Examination." Anaesthesia and intensive care 21.6 (1993): 854-860.