Intensive Care Medicine

Call for Applications for the 20th Program in Intensive Care Medicine 2022-2023

The Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (SSAI) arranges an advanced training program in Intensive Care Medicine for doctors working in Nordic hospitals.The main purpose of the program is to prepare future senior intensive care specialists and ICU directors for their ever more complicated tasks. Working in groups and building networks with Nordic colleagues is an essential part of the program.

  • The former entry requirement to have passed the part one examination of the European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine (EDIC 1) is now lifted to facilitate recruitment to the program.
  • Still, EDIC 1 holders will be given priority if a selection between applicants is needed.
  • Accepted delegates will be encouraged to take the EDIC 1 during the two-year program to strengthen their base for problem-oriented presentations, case discussions, hot topics, pro – con debates etc.
  • An academic approach, based on Nordic intensive care medicine, will be applied to all topics.
  • Selected ICU projects must be presented at a future SSAI congress.
  • The training period is 2 years, starting January 2022 including any necessary (post)pandemic adaptation.
  • The number of delegates in the program is limited to 30.
  • If less than 15 applicants qualify, the program may be postponed for one year.

Clinical training

During the two-year period the trainee will be appointed a host clinic and a local tutor. The host clinic will employ the trainee in an appropriate position (i.e. in an intensive care unit) during the training program. A minimum of one year of clinical training should be done at a university intensive care unit.

Courses

The program includes five compulsory four-day courses. These courses will be arranged on sites in Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and the common language is English. To achieve the goal of creating a close networking atmosphere the participants are expected to participate in the scheduled sessions and social functions at the course sites.

International exchange programme

The program includes a mandatory period of auscultation in an ICU in another country.

Scientific training

The candidates will also have to complete an “ICU project” during their two-year training. This project could be a research project, quality assurance or development project or a literature review of agreed subject. The topic must be related to intensive care medicine. If the trainee has already an ongoing project it may be included, for example as part of an ongoing or recently passed PhD research program During the two-year training period, it must be expected to spend 6-12 weeks of full time work on the project. Please feel free to ask the director of the SSAI-IC training program or your national representatives in the SSAI-IC Steering Committee for advice (see below).

EDIC

The former entry requirement to have passed the part one examination of the European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine (EDIC 1) is now lifted to facilitate recruitment to the program. The delegates are still encouraged to take the EDIC 1 during the two-year program to strengthen their base for problem-oriented presentations, case discussions, hot topics, pro – con debates etc. The trainees must acquire the EDIC part two (EDIC 2) to be able to apply for the SSAI-IC Diploma after completing their two-year training.

SSAI Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine

Trainees completing the two-year training program, including all the 5 courses, the ICU project, the ICU exchange program, the EDIC I and II can apply for the SSAI Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine.

Expenses

All expenses for this program (including travelling, accommodation and a fee for each course) must be be covered by the host clinic. Other arrangement concerning finances must be approved by the SSAI-IC steering group. The course fee for each of the 5 four-day courses is 900 Euro (4500 Euro for all five). This does not include travel cost and accommodation that may vary according to early vs late reservations of flights and hotels, time of year, course site etc.

Who can apply to the programme?

Specialists in anaesthesia & intensive care in the Nordic Countries, who have finished their specialty training within the last 5 years are the prime target applicants. Specialists from other disciplines are invited to apply to the program, but they must complete a minimum of 12 consecutive months of anaesthesia training to be eligible. They should apply within 5 years of finishing their training in the primary specialty and within 3 years of completing their anaesthesia training. 

Membership in SSAI

Membership in SSAI is mandatory via a membership in a national body of which proof has to be included in the application. If this is not done before deadline of application the application will be disregarded.

Selection of applicants

Applicants are selected at the discretion of the steering committee according to quality of the application, the ranked quality of their affiliation, clinical skills, academic merits, proposed ICU rotation, proposed ICU project, proposed training abroad and personal motivation.

Applications should include the following:

  1. The application form complete and signed by the applicant and the head of department.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Personal letter informing about the applicant’s motivation and expectations from the program.
  4. Letter of recommendation from a superior documenting the applicant’s interest in and commitment to intensive care medicine.
  5. Suggested clinical rotation in different ICUs during the two-years training period.
  6. ICU project proposal including an academic tutor. Define topic/title and design the project (background info, aim, hypothesis, methods and timetable (250-500 words plus references).
  7. Proof of membership of a national body within the SSAI.
  8. A picture. A recent electronic picture of the applicant.

All material submitted as a part of an application must be in electronic format.

Applications with attachments should be sent by e-mail to the program secretary at Katja.Andersson@surgsci.uu.se before September 1, 2021.

Further information

For further information see www.SSAI.info or contact the chairman of the SSAI-IC training program or any of your national representatives in the SSAI-IC Steering Committee:

SSAI-IC Steering Committee

  • Assoc. Prof. Christian Rylander (chair), Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden, rylanderc@hotmail.com, phone +46 736 60 14 75

Finland

Iceland

Sweden

Denmark

Norway

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