European Diploma


2014 EDIC Part I (Written) Sessions - Spring Edition

The 2014 EDIC Part I Spring session will take place on April 2nd, 2014. There will be 7 centres across Europe and the Middle East hosting this session of the exam.

Centres: Dubai, Bergen, Bonn, Dublin, London, Madrid, and Utrecht

The registrations are closed since February 10, 2014. Any withdrawal received after March 10, 2014 will not be reimbursed.

2014 EDIC Part I (Written) Sessions - Autumn Edition

The 2014 EDIC Part I Autumn Sessions will take place on September 29, 2014 in two sites: Barcelona, Spain and Bern, Switzerland. 

More details coming up soon.


EDIC Part I (Written examination)

EDIC Part I examination is a multiple choice written examination in English. There are 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs) and each question trunk will have either four or five stems.

Questions are drawn from the entire spectrum of intensive care medicine, including basic medical science and physiology, pathophysiology of relevant diseases, interpretation of diagnostic data, therapeutics/toxicology, organ function replacement therapies, ethics and any other aspect relevant to the clinical ICM practice.

ESICM offers registered candidates (who have paid their exam fee) access to a series of sample MCQs used in previous EDIC Part I exams. Candidates will get an individual time-limited password and will be given the opportunity to answer questions online. This exercise provides a clear example of the level of difficulty of, and the differing types of questions (A and K) candidates should expect in the actual exam. 

All answer sheets are handled by the Institute of Medical Education (IML: in Bern, Switzerland, which is a partner of ESICM in the making and evaluation of the exams and MCQs.

EDIC Part I Exam Marking System

For a correct answer to a type A question, 1 point is given, for a wrong or a blank answer 0 point. For a type K question, 1 point is given for 4 correct answers, 0.5 point for 3 out of 4 correct answers and 0 point for less then 3 correct answers. The pass mark is set on a content based standard setting procedure (modified Angoff method) by the EDIC Subcommittee.To analyse the exam takes circa three weeks, thus candidates can expect to have their results approximately four weeks after the exam.

Required Documentation

  • Copy of University-awarded Medical Degree
  • Letter of Confirmation from National or Regional primary specialty Training Authority (e.g. College or Society)
  • Documents/letter confirming your training in ICM or completion of ICM training programme
    Contact details for:
    • If you are in ICM training: Training Authority, supervisor or Head of Training
    • If you have completed your ICM training: Head of Department or Head of Training Programme or other representative who can attest to your having completed ICM training
    • If you are a specialist: Copy of University-awarded Medical Degree and current certificate of full medical registration

A self assessment of MCQs is available upon request for candidates who have paid their registration fees. Please contact the ESICM office to receive information on how to access the MCQs.

Important Information

  1. People who failed the written exam must wait at least one year prior to being allowed to sit the written exam again
  2. Your seat at the EDIC Part I exam is only guaranteed after the validation by the office of your application