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December 2016  |  Trainee Enewsletter
Welcome to the third edition of the Trainee e-news for 2016. The e-news is developed by the combined efforts of your Trainee Committee and aims to keep you informed of the activities of the Trainee Committee and general affairs of the College. If you have any content ideas or feedback please don't hesitate to contact your local trainee representative or John Greist at the College.

Trainee Symposium 2017


Dr Sandra Lussier and Dr. Sarah Yong

The inaugural CICM Trainee Symposium is an exciting initiative aiming to provide an inspiring and educational day specifically for trainees, designed by trainees. It will run the day prior to the CICM ASM itself, in parallel to the ICU Update Day, thus facilitating ample networking opportunities with colleagues.

With a stellar line-up of speakers, it promises to bring the latest research and best practice through high quality succinct “how I manage” sessions on key clinical topics, with talks specifically tailored to trainees of all levels.  Clinical conundrums to be discussed include managing TBI, clearing the spine, obstetric emergencies, paediatrics for the general intensivist and renal replacement therapy troubleshooting.

Complementing this is a diverse range of non-clinical sessions of relevance to trainees at all stages, such as tips for passing exams, preparing for a job interview and how to build your non-clinical portfolio.  Finally, key papers from the critical care literature will be reviewed by Paul Young, before the day draws to a close and we move on to post-conference drinks.

Registrations open on January 2017 

We look forward to meeting you all at the trainee symposium!

For details on ASM registration, please visit the ASM Website:

ANZICS Datathon

Need a Formal Project? Want to know more about critical care data and are too scared to open up an Excel spreadsheet?
If you are like this, ANZICS Critical Care Datathon to be held on March 3-5, 2017 in Melbourne is for you – so save the date! Click here for more information
When: 3-5 March, 2017
Where: The Carlton Connect Initiative, The University of Melbourne | LAB-14, 700 Swanston Street, Carlton, Melbourne
How much: Free to CICM trainees and ANZICS members!
ANZICS is bringing interprofessional critical care trainees and clinicians (anyone from data novice to data guru), statisticians, data scientists and administrators together in the same room to tackle clinical problems with large datasets.

This ‘datathon’ or ‘hackathon’ will generate patient-centred or service-centred projects and research which can be published, presented at the CICM Annual Scientific Meeting and ultimately make a real difference to our patients.

Up to 150 people will share in this novel event from Friday afternoon to Sunday. This diverse group collaborate and synergise to tackle clinical questions with data and present their findings to the group on Sunday afternoon.

This catered event will be peppered with informative sessions, lectures and break-outs which will help you to construct your project and network for future projects.

Previous Datathons held in Boston (, London and Paris have been hugely popular, tackling topics such as:

  • the relationship between lactic acidosis and mortality,
  • the association between supranormal oxygen levels in the blood and survival after subarachnoid haemorrhage, and
  • visualisation of outcomes among obese patients in the ICU.

A variety of de-identified datasets will be available to be utilised. These included the ANZICS Adult Patient Database (over 1.5 million admissions to adult ICUs in Australia and New Zealand, since 2000); MIMIC and eICU databases (from Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and other US based hospitals running the Philips eICU system); and The Global Open Source Illness Severity Score Project (a global common dataset from critical care registries in the US, Belgium, Brazil and ANZ).
Start thinking of potential research questions to ask of the data now - we can also help you come up with questions too!

Save the date and look out for the upcoming program and registration details.

This event is being organised in collaboration with Philips Healthcare and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

Board Report

The most recent board meeting was held at the College office from 25-26 November. Michael Ashbolt (CICM Trainee Representative - Tasmania) and Sarah Yong (CICM New Fellows Rep) attended.
A range of issues of relevance to trainees and new Fellows were discussed, including trainee selection, rapid response systems, upcoming Fellow education workshops and modifications to the current CPD module. 

To find out more, please see the Board Report here.

Medicine Rotations

The Training Department has recently seen an increase of queries regarding medicine rotations. On the current curriculum 6 months of medicine training must be acute medicine (which may be in an Emergency Department) and 6 months must involve responsibility for longitudinal care of medical patients. At least 6 months should be undertaken in a registrar position. 

Trainees are encouraged to contact the College if they have any questions about the suitability of a position.

Management Skills Course


The two day course is specifically designed for Advanced Trainees (pre-2014 curriculum) and for trainees undertaking their transition year (current curriculum).

Participants will increase their knowledge and develop skills in various non-clinical aspects of consultant practice: 
•    Management skills (Performance and Conflict resolution skills)
•    Negotiation 
•    Economics and challenges to ICU 
•    Risk Management and Patient Safety
•    Quality and Benchmarking
With the guidance and knowledge of our leading international and national experts, join us for what promises to be an exceptional course, designed to improve your management skills. 

Please contact 

Survey: Impact of CICM examination on quality of life, health and learning

Invitation to participate in a survey of Australian and New Zealand intensive care doctors' perception of quality of life, health and learning in the year leading up to the First Part or Second Part assessment run by the College of Intensive Care Medicine.

Dear colleague,

We are writing you to participate in a survey regarding your experience of quality of life, health and learning in the year leading up to the CICM First Part or Second Part examinations.

The preparation for the College examination is a demanding period in our training. We want to conduct a survey to get better insight in candidates' perception of the changes in quality of life and health as well as the impact of learning during the preparation phase.

We invite successful candidates from the First Part and/or Second Part CICM examination from the first sitting in 2014 until the second sitting in 2016 included to participate. The survey aims to capture subjective perception of quality of life and health measures in the year leading up to these specialist examinations.

Due to the nature of the topic, some questions can be very personal and/or potentially discomforting. Providing answers to individual questions is entirely on a voluntary basis. You can skip questions if you don’t want to/cannot answer them.

The survey takes approximately 25 minutes to complete. Participation in this study is voluntary. They survey is anonymous and you will not be asked to provide your name.

Please click on the following link to access the survey:

The closing date for the survey is 15/03/2017.

We thank you for your time and participation. The results of the survey may have implications for support to future exam candidates and may influence medical professionals involved in the development, organisation or conduction of examinations.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Dr Resy van Beek via email at

Dr Resy van Beek

Positions Vacant 

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View the full list of Positions Vacant on our website,

Courses and Events

View all courses and events on our website, 

Beyond BASIC Mechanical Ventilation
13 February 2017
Hawke's Bay Hospital, NZ
For more information please click here 

Transition to Advanced Trainee Course
17 February 2017
Mater Hosptial Brisbane
For more information please click here
Trainee Symposium 2017

ANZICS Datathon
Board Report
Medicine Rotations
Management Skills Course
Impact of CICM examination on quality of life, health and learning

Positions Vacant
Courses and Events

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