Intensive care medicine gives me the privilege of caring for the sickest of patients. The high illness severity and all the challenges that this brings utilises the entire breadth and depth of my accumulated medical knowledge.
The specialty has an intense dedication to patient safety and quality that is unparalleled in medicine and allows me to pursue a combined clinical-academic career.
Dr Mahesh Ramanan,
Intensive Care Medicine Specialist
Intensive care medicine specialists work predominately within the public health sector to provide care for patients with life-threatening single and multiple organ system failure, patients who are at risk of clinical deterioration as well as patients requiring resuscitation or management in an intensive care unit or high dependency unit. Intensive care medicine specialists are also involved in the transport and retrieval of critically ill patients, and are experts in end-of-life care, the diagnosis of brain death and care and support of the organ donor.
6 years full-time
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
The Queensland Intensive Care Training Pathway oversees the recruitment, selection and allocation of intensive care medicine trainees to accredited adult and paediatric intensive care units across Queensland. Trainees are appointed to a pathway training hospital for 6 to 12 months.
Intensive care training incorporates both core training and transition training to achieve all required competencies and demonstrate all the values, attitudes and aptitudes required of a specialist in intensive care medicine. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (FCICM).
Applicants must hold general registration with the Medical Board of Australia, have successfully completed a 12 month internship, have completed 6 months of supervised experience in an intensive care unit (or Foundation Year training) within the last 3 years and provide 3 structured references.
Minimum 40% of full-time commitment.
Allowed however must be prospectively approved and will be individually assessed.