Resources for Candidates

ICM Curriculum Syllabus

The assessment blueprint for the new 2021 ICM Curriuclum: Supporting Excellence can be found here. However, we appreciate that more detail would be useful for exam revision and an updated syllabus for the new ICM Curriculum will be uploaded shortly.

In the meantime, candidates may wish to refer to the 2010 curriculum syllabus that demonstrates the areas of the curriculum examined in the FFICM (e.g. items marked with an 'E'). This syllabus can be used by trainees and trainers to aid reflective learning, formal teaching and to guide some aspects of assessment. 

Past Topics and example questions

Please find below in the related downloads section, information releases concerning previous exam round topics and examples questions.

Chair's Summary

The Chair's summary of the FFICM Final OSCE/SOE Examinations are available below.

FFICM Exam Prep Course

The Faculty has run an FFICM OSCE/SOE Examination Prep Course since 2015, to assist the trainees in preparation for the exam.  

The course includes a series of small group workshops, lectures and all-important OSCE and SOE practice sessions with feedback.

Please note that this course is intended for ICM Trainees, Members and Affiliate Fellows who are preparing to sit the FFICM OSCE/SOE, having completed the FFICM MCQ.  There will be no FFICM MCQ preparation during this two day event. 

Further details of the next scheduled course can be found on the Events page.

Independent resources

There are numerous independent resources available to assist candidates with exam preparation, many of which use in their title or advertising literature the post nominals FFICM. We wish to make it clear that these are independent resources and are not affiliated with the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and consequently the Faculty accepts no liability for the accuracy of any examination related content which they contain.


Useful Innovations

This learning resource makes staying up to date with the latest literature easy and is accredited by the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia. Podcasts, vodcasts and modules will appeal to all levels of clinician, and they provide an extensive range of exam resources.


List of books that may be useful for exam revision

General ICM
  • Arora N, Laha SK. The Beginner’s Guide to Intensive Care: A Handbook for Junior Doctors and Allied Professionals
  • Bersten AD, Handy J. Oh’s Intensive Care Manual 8e
  • Gillon S. Revision Notes in Intensive Care Medicine (Oxford Specialty Training: Revision Texts)
  • Hinds CJ, Watson JD. Intensive Care: A Concise Textbook, 3e
  • Parrillo JE, Dellionger RP. Critical Care Medicine: Principles of Diagnosis and Management in the Adult, 5e
  • Singer M, Webb A. Oxford Handbook of Critical Care 3/e (Oxford Medical Handbooks)
  • Vincent JL, Abraham E, Kochanek P, Moore FA, Fink MP. Textbook of Critical Care, 7e
  • Waldmann C, Rhodes A, Soni N, Handy J. Oxford Desk Reference: Critical Care (Oxford Desk Reference Series)
  • Webb A, Angus D, Finfer S, Gattioni L, Singer M. Oxford Textbook of Critical Care
Data Interpretation
  • Bonner S, Dodds C. Clinical Data Interpretation in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (FRCA Study Guides)
  • Hampton J, Adlam D, Hampton J. 150 ECG Cases, 5e
  • Joyce CE, Saad N, Kruger P, Foot C, Blackwell N. Diagnostic Imaging in Critical Care: A Problem Based Approach
  • Venkatesh B, Morgan TJ, Joyce C, Townsend S. Data Interpretation in Critical Care Medicine
Exam Revision Aids
  • Bellchambers E, Davies K, Ford A, Walton B. Multiple True False Questions for the Final FFICM
  • Benington S, Abbas S, Herod R, Horner D. Intensive Care Medicine MCQs
  • Davies K, Gough C, King E, Plumb B, Walton B. Single Best Answer Questions for the Final FFICM
  • Flavin K, Morkane C, Marsh S. Questions for the Final FFICM Structured Oral Examination
  • Hersey P, O’Connor L, Sams T, Sturman J. OSCEs for Intensive Care Medicine
  • Lobaz S, Hamilton M, Glossop AJ, Raithatha AH. Critical Care MCQs – A Companion for Intensive Care Exams
  • Jeyanathan J, Johnson C, Haslam JD. Viva and Structured Oral Examinations in Intensive Care Medicine
  • Jeyanathan J, Owens D. Objective Structured Clinical Examination in Intensive Care Medicine
  • Nichani R, McGrath B. OSCEs for the Final FFICM

External Revision Courses

PINCER is an established course run by the team in Portsmouth and Wessex. Click here for more information.

FFICM Examination preparation course held at the John Radcliffe Hospital, more information about the Oxford SOE/OSCE course can be found here.

Another 1 day SOE/OSCE course, the Stoke-on-Trent course website is here.

SOE/OSCE course with Consultant examiners and one-to-one feedback. Enquiries to

These are all the locally delivered revision courses we are currently aware of. If you know of any other courses we could include here then please contact us. We would recommend contacting your ICM Regional Advisor  to find out if one is held in your region. 

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