1. What is the duration of the Fellowship Examination in Critical Care of CCEF?
The course is 2 years duration. However, Post-graduates (MD, DNB in Medicine, Chest Medicine and Anesthesia) maybe eligible for exemption in time. Please see the “who can apply section”.
2. Do I have to join a recognized ICU for this course or can I do it from where I am currently working (non-recognized)?
The FCCCM course of CCEF is a supervised and structured course. This means that you need to be under a recognized teacher who will supervise your training and guide you. Again, if you have been granted exemption (as a special case, eg., you are working abroad) then those rules will apply. However, you will need to complete the logbook and other requirements.
3. How do I know which hospital to join?
The choice of hospital to join depends on multiple factors: where you live, existing vacancy in that hospital etc. The list of hospitals is displayed and you are always free to talk to our “Career Guides”. Career Guides are Intensivists who have themselves given the Fellowship exams and are willing to discuss your particular situation if you so desire.
4. How to I contact a Career Guide?
Contact details are available on this site collegeofcriticalcare.com
5.We have a busy ICU and I don’t get time to do my logbook. Can I complete the logbook in the last month during my study leave?
This is a common mistake made by trainees. It is almost never possible to prepare a good, passing grade logbook in a hurry of few months. Also study leave (if you are lucky to have your institute spare you for weeks or months!) are just that—study leave. So use that time to study.
Remember, if you do not get at least 50% marks in logbook, you CANNOT appear for the exam. Also you will need to reapply next year with fresh fees etc.
6. How will this course help my career?
There is a very serious shortage of trained intensivists in India. Majority of ICUs are surprisingly forced to run with non-allopathic doctors (unofficially). So as a qualified critical care specialist, its all sun-shine!
Intensivists who have done this course get a better salary package too.
7. I want to try for a Critical Care Fellowship in America or Canada. Will this FCCCM Fellowship help me?
Our past fellows have done International fellowships in Canada and their training here was very much appreciated there. This is because, this FCCCM exam may be tougher than other exam options in India but it prepares you for the world.
Also, our post MD/ DNB candidates with FCCCM got USMLE waver when they applied for international fellowship in Canada.
8. I joined one hospital for this FCCCM course but for some personal reason, I need to shift to another city. Can I continue my fellowship there?
There are unavoidable circumstances in life all the time and the College understands that. If you have a genuine reason (eg. Post marriage shifting of residence to join spouse), then all that is required is for you to write a note explaining the circumstances and get the current teacher to sign. Also approach the new hospital willing to accept you as a candidate and take that new teachers sign too and send to the President of the College of Critical Care Medicine.
This clause cannot be used to change hospitals in the same city (say, because your friend is there!)
9.What will my stipend be during training?
The remuneration you receive during training and your designation is a local matter that is decides by individual institutes. So you need to discuss these terms with them. It helps to ask around and your friends doing this course maybe able to provide some information.
10.I registered for this course a few months back but I find critical care to laborious. I am planning to quit and start practice. Can I get a refund of my fees?
Two issues here. Firstly, Fees is NON-REFUNDABLE. This was clearly written on the application form and you signed on the disclaimer on the form that you are aware of this. Secondly, the eligibility criteria clearly says you should have worked in ICU/ICCU for at least 1 year before joining. The purpose of this important clause is so that you know what critical care is about and the commitment it demands.
11. This is a 2 year course, my friend says that there is an online course where I need to be physically in that hospital ICU for only 3 months. Is it not a better choice for my career to take off early?
Well, it’s a question you need to answer: would you like to fly in a plane where the pilot did a one week course where he had to physically be in the plane for only 2 days? Critical care is a life and death situation where not only a wrong decision but a delay in coming to an appropriate decision can seriously harm the chances of patient recovery or even death! If you want to be an Intensivist that other doctors respect and seek opinion of, then you need extensive training. Abroad, in many countries, critical care is a 6 year affair. This in just 2 years.
12. What if after joining the course I find that my teachers/ Institute is not training me enough?
Well, enough is a matter of personal opinion. The College takes efforts to see that they have been assured adequate training to the trainees. So trust your teachers and discuss with them. Talk with your mentors and better still talk to your colleagues doing training in nearby institutes. Local training is adequately supplemented by online recorded talks and live classes. Also the Self Assessment program at www.ICUeducation.com is unique and extremely helpful. There are Orientation programs of 3-4 days and Crash Courses and Mock exams too. So don’t be worried. You will get adequate training. In the end, there is a teachers’ evaluation form that students fill up and this is a useful and serious input to the College. Centres with many complaints and poor rating are at risk of being de-recognized.
13.Which books should I read for this examination preparation?
There is a section on recommended books that you can see.
14. What if I have a query that is not addressed in these FAQs?
All trainees are automatically included in a whatsapp group of all trainees for that batch. Representatives of the College in that group include the Chairman of CCEF and President of the College. This is so that they are directly aware of what is happening, any problems trainees want to discuss and is also a way to keep trainees aware of forthcoming programs and live lectures.
15.Is there a limit to the number of attempts at the First Part/Second Part examination?
Yes. A candidate has a maximum of five attempts for each examination.
16. I have worked in ICU for 3 years, can these years not be taken into consideration for my 2 year requirement for the FCCCM Examination?
No. This is a Structured and supervised course that is designed to see that you have trained in all aspects of Critical Care. While any experience is helpful in life, for purpose of this FCCCM exams it is not supervised or structured so not eligible for exemption (except for the exemption category specified for post MD, DNB candidates if applicable).
17.Why is there fees for retrospective accreditation of training in case of MD, DNB applying for exemption?
This is to ensure that all trainees contribute an equal total amount towards their training program. Candidates who apply for retrospective accreditation of previously completed training time will be required to pay the same annual training fee.
This list of FAQs will increase based on FAQs as they present themselves