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 Respiratory Course by PYNEH ICU
  • Critical Care Nephrology Course by PYNEH ICU
  • 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. Nutrition
  7. Acid-base and electrolyte disturbances
  1. Shock and hemodynamic monitoring
  2. Cardiogenic shock and acute 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. ARDS and difficult ventilation
  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
  2. Abdominal surgical catastrophes and abdominal compartment syndrome
  1. Acute kidney injury
  2. Renal replacement therapy in ICU
  1. Status epilepticus
  2. Sedation and pain management in ICU
  3. Management of neurosurgical cases
  4. Brain death and management of organ donor
  1. Infection control and principles of use of antimicrobials
  2. Severe sepsis and septic shock
  3. Community acquired pneumonia
  4. Nosocomial infections
  5. Sepsis in immunocompromised patients
  1. Management of acute poisoning
  2. Endocrine and metabolic emergencies
  3. Obstetrics emergencies
  4. Critically ill child
  5. Ultrasound in ICU
Exam Preparation Tutorials
  1. Written
  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. All 36 out of 36 topic tutorials

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 BOIC in April 2017
Revised and endorsed by BOIC in August 2017

January 2020
4 January 09:00-10:00Brain death and management of organ donorDr Natalie LeungRoom 2, G/F, block M, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
4 January 10:15-11:15Infection control and principles of use of antimicrobialsDr Florence YapRoom 2, G/F, block M, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
4 January 11:30-12:30Ultrasound in ICUDr Gladys KwanRoom 2, G/F, block M, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
February 2020
15 February 09:00-11:00Hotcase (postponed)Dr Lowell LingICU, Prince of Wales Hospital
April 2020
6 April 18:00-19:00Acid-base and electrolyte disturbancesDr David Ngvia Zoom
16 April18:00-19:00Sepsis in immunocompromised patientsDr CM Chauvia Zoom
29 April18:00-19:00Critically ill childDr Albert Kuvia Zoom
May 2020
15 May18:00-19:00Transport of the critically ill patientsDr HY Sovia Zoom
18 May18:00-19:00StatisticsDr OF Wongvia Zoom
28 May18:00-19:00Basic ethical principles in critical careProf Gavin Joyntvia Zoom
June 2020 (TBD)
3 June18:00-19:00Acute coronary syndromeDr SY Auvia Zoom
17 June18:00-19:00 Shock and hemodynamic monitoringDr Anna Leevia Zoom
24 June18:00-19:00Cardiogenic shock and acute heart failure*Dr Simon Sinvia Zoom
July 2020 (TBD)
5 July*18:00-19:00Extracorporeal life support for cardiopulmonary failure Dr George Ngvia Zoom
17 July*18:00-19:00Intensive care after cardiac surgery Dr Philip Lamvia Zoom
22 July*18:00-19:00Post cardiac arrest management and prognosticationDr TK Yimvia Zoom

* Revised on 20 May 2020