The aim of this blog is to provide some degree of support to candidates in the College of Intensive Care Medicine Primary Exam. I sat the exam in the March-May 2012 and the site represents the notes that I developed and the answers that I generated for the previous SAQs and VIVAs. At the time of publishing there is a paucity of clear information for CICM candidates (which has encouraged many to sit the ACEM or ANZCA exams). I hope that in the future the college will address this need more robustly.
This site should not act as a substitute for the reference texts and I would like to acknowledge the references used in the generation of these notes. The notes were developed mostly from the textbooks that I have listed in the left hand column. I bought my books mainly from amazon and the book depository. I also used a couple of websites extensively. Kerry Brandis’ website http://www.anaesthesiamcq.com/ is excellent, especially for the past SAQs and his acid base tutorial is very good. Dr Brandis also has a book which he self publishes and is definitely worth purchasing. Amanda Diaz developed a similar website to this for ANZCA candidates in 2008 which served as an inspiration for this website http://primarysaqs.wordpress.com/ The intensive care network is also developing web-based resources worth reviewing. http://www.intensivecarenetwork.com/
This website is not designed to generate any revenue but if there are any concerns regarding copyright please drop me an email and I will happily remove/modify/acknowledge. I am also keen to get feedback on any inaccuracies, some of these notes were put together after studying for 10+ hrs and there is more than likely errors that need to be addressed, especially if they pertain to content.