CICM Primary Exam

First Part Exam resources in Deranged Physiology:

CICM original resources:

"PLEASE NOTE: online non peer reviewed sources may not be reliable", warns the recommended reading section of the last two syllabus documents, a warning that has been in place from the second sitting of 2018. "Care should be taken to confirm the accuracy of any online material". This is good advice whether or not it regards the content of a medical education website, social media post or mainstream media news item. However, the most recent edition of the syllabus adds that "The exam is prepared and marked using the recommended texts provided and as such these should be considered the definitive source material." From this statement, we can infer that any discrepancy in the published literature should be resolved in favour of the recommended texts, whether or not the objective truth may lay elsewhere, and this is the stance also taken in the pages of Deranged Physiology. Wherever possible, such discrepancies will be identified and gently mocked.

This unreliable non-peer reviewed resource will endeavour to comply with the CICM  syllabus wherever possible. Though comments regarding the syllabus wording and question design may pepper the text, a strong statement needs to be made that it is not the author's intention to give anyone the impression that he has any special insight into the minds of the College Examiners for the First Part assessment, or that he somehow holds them in lower regard. The reader is reassured that this dedicated coven of intense physiology nerds is absolutely committed to delivering a fair assessment process, in spite of what things might look like after your fourth failed attempt. The author consoles the fallen with his own historic abjections, recounting that he was unable to tackle either of the barrier tests without repeatedly resitting (with full credit attributed to his severe untreated ADHD). The reader is invited to try their own hand at designing a syllabus for the basic sciences in critical care as an exercise in empathy with the magnitude and complexity of this task.