FFICM exam

FFICM Examination - Faculty Resources for Candidates                

  •  The Faculty has recently updated its website with more detailed exam preparation advices with multiple exam example SBAs & OSCE/SOE videos.
  • They have provided a recommended list of Books, online resources and courses.
  • A particularly important piece of information that we recommend everyone sitting for the OSCE/SOE to have a look at is the previous exam reports, as they point out where previous candidates had performed poorly and explain why.  
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MCQ Resources:

  •   BMJ On examination 

    • 1,000+ FFICM revision questions , with Offline App helps you revise on the go
    • Click Here
  • Intensive Care MCQs by Rhodri Harris  

    • Rhodri Harris (ICM Consultant at Salford Royal) originally set this website up as a trainee and ran the project for a number of years. Imaginably, the chaos of the last two years has forced it onto the back burner but now it is getting remodelling with the aim of making it even better for trainees in years to come as an ever more comprehensive and completely free exam resource for FFICM. Click here
    • The way of getting access is changing, to get access please follow these steps:
  1. Email:intensivecaremcqs1@gmail.com with an email that you use for MS Teams
  2. You will be then added to the MS Team group, where you’ll need to write 2 SBA questions (No plagiarism please)
  3. This involve composing the question and provide a short blurb explaining the correct answers and links to further resources/learning.  
  4. Please then upload this to the files tab on Teams. 
  5. You will then receive login details for the website.

OSCE/SOE Exam preparation courses

1. The official FFICM Preparatory Course

A revision / mock exam course for those planning to sit the FFICM OSCE and SOE exam. Run by the FICM

For more details check their events page here

2. The North West FFICM OSCE and SOE Prep Course 

For enquiries on bookings and next available course please contact: oldhamfficm@gmail.com

3. Midlands FFICM Prep Course

An intensive 2-day course of very high standard SOE and OSCE practice with experienced examiners who have passed the FFICM exam. Takes place in Leicester & they offer private mentoring as well.

For more information click here

4. Portsmouth INtensive Care Exam Revision Course (PINCER)

PINCER is an established course run by the team in Portsmouth and Wessex. Click here for more information.

5. Oxford FFICM Course

FFICM Examination preparation course held at the John Radcliffe Hospital, more information about the Oxford SOE/OSCE course can be found here.

6. Stoke-On-Trent FFICM OSCE/SOE Exam Prep Course

Another 1 day SOE/OSCE course, the Stoke-on-Trent course website is here

7. The Welsh Course – OSCE and SOE Revision for the FFICM

SOE/OSCE course with Consultant examiners and one-to-one feedback. Enquiries to thewelshcourse@gmail.com

There are lots of other courses that being added to the FICM website all the time, just check the FICM Candidate Resources page regularly for the most up-to-date list Click here

There is a new Exciting VIVA book that’s due to come out in December 2022, It is authored by Eryl Davies et al. Eryl is an advanced Dual Anaesthesia and ICM trainee From the North West. Her book is called “The Final FFICM Structured Oral Examination Study Guide”.

Her book looks really promising, better organised and covers a lot of the tricky topics that come up frequently in the exam and I think it is a must have. You could get an early bird discount for pre-ordering by using the discount code from this Flyer. Order Here.  

Peer advice

Dr. Bhaskar Naryan - Trainee Eye summer 2020 - Article on p12-13 Click here

Dr. Matt Bromley – Dual Trainee advice  - FICM Blog Aug 2020 – Click here

FFICM MCQ FAQ and Personal Tip for prepparation - Click Here => This is meant to completement the Faculty FAQ & Exam informtation section A personal prep advice 

Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMed) 

There has been considerable growth in recent years in openly accessible and crowd-sourced materials that can be used to supplement and enhance traditional educational methods. 

  1. LIFE IN THE FAST LANE                                                                                         

 A brilliant resource to obtain quick and up-to-date information on critical care topics. Click on CCC (Critical Care Compendium) and search away! Also has a great ECG quiz!

  1. THE BOTTOM LINE                                                                                            

A compendium of all the landmark papers which are shaping the way we manage our critically ill patients. Each paper has been summarised and critiqued ending with a 'bottom line' paragraph. The papers are reviewed and cross-checked by the editorial group. 

  1. Critical Care Reviews                                                                                         

 A free, not-for-profit, educational critical care project. The site offers many resources, including a journal watch facility, weekly newsletter, podcast, annual book, annual meeting, the largest structured collection of accessible critical care review articles on the internet, links to major studies and guidelines, as well as links to free vodcasts, podcasts, and a vast array of societies, groups and websites.

  1. ICM Case summaries                                                                                     

The aim of this web resource was to create an online repository of ICM expanded case summaries.  As ICM Case Summaries grow it will form a continuously expanding and updating free online educational resource for intensive care medicine professionals.

  1. Deranged Physiology                                                                                                              

Australasian website designed for their ICM exams, all very relevant. Good explanations of physiology aimed at SOE questions.

  1. NeuroICU.guru                                                                                                                     

Neurocritical care resources, education, and protocols from the neuroICU.guru team at Salford Royal Hospital. 

  1. ICU One Pager                                                                                                    

A fantastic FOAMED resource, created by Dr. Nick Mark, a Washington-based Intensivist with an interest in practicing compassionate critical care medicine based on an understanding of physiology and evidence-based medicine. He creates OnePager distillations of critical care topics to consolidate his learning, to reference in his own practice, and to employ as a teaching aid to help others learn and practice critical care medicine. 

  1. EMCrit Project                                                                                                                          

EMCrit is an American medical collective and publishing group made up of physicians in the field of critical care and emergency medicine. The group publishes a number of digital resources to equip physicians, nurses, paramedics and researchers

  1. Intensive Care Network                                                                                                          

ICN has been developed to educate, link, and stimulate healthcare professionals involved in critical care, based on what we believe to be one of the key characteristics of Intensive Care: the teamwork and collegiality that occurs when like-minded professionals share a common purpose. It is run by a dedicated team of critical care specialists and trainees committed to providing high-quality, free medical education and to doing it with style.

  1. Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC)                                                                                 

A health promotion charity. It is based on the philosophy of FOAM. The organizing committee gives their time freely and receives no financial benefit. This in part explains the wonderful passions for philanthropy, sharing, education, and innovation that make this critical care community so unique.

  1. Five Minute Sono                                                                                                                   

A great resource for those not familiar with the ECHO views and findings. 5-minute videos and podcasts. ECHO is coming up in the exam more and more frequently.

12. Radiopaedia

A very good resource to practice for the radiology station of the OSCE

13. Radiology Masterclass

Another good source for radiology. It has tutorials for CXR and CT brain, really useful.

Other Resources

    # ICU Trials by ClinCalc                                                                                           

           Phone app (approx £4.99) giving a brief synopsis of relevant trials allowing bedside access to the evidence base. 

   # YouTube Channels

         ICU Advantage - ICU educational videos are divided by category and presented in a very simple easy to follow format. Highly recommended

       Armando Hasudungan Channel - Armando is an Australian Physician that posts videos that cover core concepts in all fields of medicine. His medical diagrams are really simple to follow and make it easy to stick with you forever. Really useful if you are looking to review or revisit core medical concepts.



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