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Mandatory Courses *

  1. Basic Assessment & Support in Intensive Care (BASIC) course
  2. Exposure to Anaesthesia Safety and Emergency (EASE) course
  3. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course or equivalent**
  4. Trauma course (any one of below or equivalent**):
    • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course
    • International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) course
  5. Advanced Airway course (any one of below or equivalent**):
    • Advanced Difficult Airway Management Workshop for Doctors (ADAM-D) by HKCA
    • Airway Management Beyond Basic Course by CUHK
  6. Echocardiography course (any one of below or equivalent**):
    • Echo Hong Kong Hands-on Workshop by Ruttonjee and TSK Hospitals
    • Echocardiography Workshop by HKCA
    • Rapid Assessment by Cardiac Echo (RACE) course by HKCEM
    • Intermediate Echocardiography Course (IEC) by HKCEM
    • WINFOCUS’s Critical Care Echocardiography Course by HKCEM
    • Beyond Basic – Transthoracic Echo course by CUHK

*Mandatory courses are chosen based on suitability, affordability, accessibility, sustainability and must be of acceptable standard. Topics covered by these courses will not be covered again in topic tutorials.

** If a trainee has attended a course deemed to be equivalent to one of the above courses can apply to have it assessed and approved by the Board of Intensive Care Medicine.

Recommended Courses

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (PDipID) and Infectious Diseases Courses
  • Basic Clinical Toxicology Course by HKEM
  • Critical Care Nephrology Course by PYNEH ICU
  • Advanced Simulation Training in Mechanical Ventilation (ASTIM) course by HKJC ILCM
  • Beyond BASIC Mechanical Ventilator Course by CUHK
  • Intensive Care Nephrology Beyond BASIC course by CUHK
  • HAHO ECMO Simulation Course
  • APELSO Adult ECMO Training Course
  • Support & Management of Brain Dead Patient and Donor Awareness Course

Topic Tutorials

General ICU
  1. Severity of illness and outcome scoring systems in ICU
  2. Statistics
  3. Basic ethical principles in critical care
  4. Transport of the critically ill patients
  5. Principles of fluid/blood product therapy
  6. Critical care nutrition
  7. Acid-base and electrolyte disturbances
  1. Shock and hemodynamic monitoring
  2. Cardiogenic shock and acute decompensated heart failure
  3. Extracorporeal life support for cardiopulmonary failure
  4. Intensive care after cardiac surgery
  5. Post cardiac arrest management and prognostication
  6. Acute coronary syndromes
  1. Principles of non-invasive and invasive mechanical ventilation
  2. Management of ARDS
  3. Asthma/COAD and difficult ventilation
  4. Management of pulmonary complications: massive haemoptysis, pneumothorax, pleural effusion
  5. Venous thromboembolism, pulmonary embolism and other embolic syndromes
GI and hepatobiliary
  1. Acute liver failure and acute on chronic liver failure
  2. Abdominal surgical catastrophes and abdominal compartment syndrome
  1. Acute kidney injury
  2. Renal replacement therapy in ICU
  1. Status epilepticus
  2. Acute ischaemic stroke and neuromuscular disorders
  3. Sedation and pain management in ICU
  4. Management of neurosurgical cases
  5. Brain death and management of organ donor


28. Infection control and principles of use of antimicrobials
29. Sepsis management
30. Community acquired pneumonia
31. Nosocomial infections in ICU
Sepsis in immunocompromised patients


33, Management of acute poisoning
34. Endocrine and metabolic emergencies
35. Haematological issues in ICU
36. Obstetrics emergencies
37. Critically ill child
38. Ultrasound in ICU

Exam Preparation Tutorials
  1. Communications
  2. ECG/Data interpretation/Radiology
  3. Viva
  4. Hot cases (quarterly)

Minimum requirement for HKCA (IC) trainees before exit assessment

All trainees who register after 1st July 2017 are required to complete the following during the course of basic or higher vocational training:

  1. All 6 mandatory courses
  2. At least 36 out of 38 topic tutorials (though highly recommended to attend all)

Trainees who register before 1st July 2017 can either follow the old regulations (attend 48 tutorials) or the new regulations (6 mandatory courses + 36 topic tutorials) regarding the tutorials as stated above.

Endorsed by BOICM in April 2017
Revised and endorsed by BOICM in August 2017
Revised and endorsed by BOICM in January 2022

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