Medical Training Review Panel: Seventeenth Report

College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand

Page last updated: 09 April 2014

The College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM) was established in 2009 and developed from the former Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, ANZCA and RACP. From the 1st January 2010 CICM assumed responsibility for the training program in intensive care medicine. The training program is flexible and allows trainees to undertake training concurrently with other related college programs (e.g. RACP, ANZCA, ACEM). The training program outlined below is relevant to the trainees and graduates captured in this report, however on 1st January 2014 the College launched a new curriculum and Trainee Selection Policy.

Training Program

There are basic and advanced components of the CICM training program, both requiring three years full-time. Details of the program and subjects covered are outlined in Objectives of Training in Intensive Care available on the CICM web site.

Many trainees undertake dual training or have completed training in a primary specialty, such as anaesthesia, medicine or emergency medicine.

The intensive care training program provides for interrupted and part-time training, which is permissible in any year of training. Part-time training must result in the equivalent time being spent in training as required by full-time trainees and the minimum trainee commitment must be 20% of a full-time trainee.

Trainee Selection

Trainees must be registrable in their region of training, have completed 12 months general hospital experience, are free from alcohol and chemical abuse, and agree to comply with the CICM regulations relating to training. Selection to positions within an intensive care unit (ICU) is conducted by the employing authority not the CICM.

Trainee Assessment

In basic training there is annual assessment by the supervisor. The subjects for the fellowship examination are the theory and practice of intensive care, including relevant aspects of the basic sciences and related disciplines. The examination consists of written and oral sections. The medical Australian Donor Awareness Program (ADAPT) is required in basic or advanced training. Overseas Trained Specialists

The assessment process is outlined in the CICM Overseas Trained Specialist Policy document. Applicants are assessed against equivalence with Australian specialists. Applicants not assessed as equivalent may be required to undertake a clinical practice assessment in an approved post and/or all or part of the clinical performance assessment.

Applicants must contact the AMC for advice on registration to practice and whether such registration will allow you to complete the required amount of training. Training is dependent upon applicants securing an accredited training position, as training is hospital based and the College does not take responsibility for securing training posts or assisting with immigration status for applicants.


Assessment criteria are outlined in the CICM Accreditation Policy documents. Criteria include, but are not limited to the following:

  • the case load and case mix to which trainees will be exposed;
  • sufficient numbers of staff in the unit, including FCICMs and ancillary staff;
  • suitable operational requirements, such as auditing procedures, educational programs for trainees and staff, research programs, quality assurance, clerical support;
  • appropriate ICU design, including office space; and
  • appropriate ICU equipment and facilities.

The accreditation level is granted based upon the maximum amount of time in months that a trainee could spend there.

Further Information

College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand