EDIC Part I Examination

Spring 2021 – June 7th

The registrations are closed. All the seats have been booked.
The EDIC Part I exam will be a computer-based examination. The candidates will be invited to connect to the exam platform from their own place on the set date.
See below the new exam regulations.

The registration for the Spring 2021 examination includes EXCLUSIVE and time-limited access to the online EDIC I Preparation course*. The access is not automatically given. The EDIC application must first be reviewed and validated. The classroom of the Spring 2021 examination will open on April 1st, 2021.

Autumn 2021 – October 4th

Registrations are set to open in late June.
Information on the exam format will be published in June.

*Note: This exclusive access on the ESICM Academy is only available to validated candidates of the EDIC I exam.

New Format – The EDIC Part I exam is now online!

The EDIC Committee aims to provide candidates with the safety and convenience of an online platform, while retaining the integrity and quality of an on-site supervised exam. The new online format of the EDIC Part I exam is

  • Identical in content and questions format to previous on-site paper-based exams.
  • Accessible anywhere in the world.
  • Taken on the candidate’s own device (computer only) and monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®

What equipment is needed?

Candidates must verify that their computer meets the requirements before registering for the EDIC Part I exam. The exam cannot be taken if these requirements are not met.The following material is required:

  • a strong and stable internet connection
  • a webcam, speaker and microphone (no headset)

It is highly recommended that candidates check all of the system requirements and verify they have the necessary equipment to take the exam by going to https://www.proctoru.com/live-plus-resource-center#system

What is expected from the candidates on the day of the exam?

More information about what to expect on the day of the examination is also available on the ProctorU® website.
Before the exam session begins, it is highly recommended that you

  • Restart your computer completely.
  • Ensure you have no technical problems. All issues must be resolved well in advance of the appointment time.
  • Close all unnecessary browsers and applications for the exam.
  • Have ready the requested documents for the identity check (passport and invitation letter with EDIC registration number).

Your exam environment must meet the following requirements:

  • the room where the exam is taken must be quiet and well lit
  • you must be alone in the room
  • your workspace must be clear from all materials and unauthorised supports
  • there should be no background noise from music or television

Finally, candidates must be dressed appropriately, with their face visible to the proctor.

Check-in and identification process

All candidates are required to create their own user account on the ProctorU® platform through the individual link provided by the EDIC Secretary after validation of the application form.
On the day of the EDIC Part I exam, you are invited to

  • Login to your ProctorU® account at your appointment time.
  • Complete the authentication steps, which include showing your ID (or passport) to the proctor. The name on your ID must match the name provided during the registration process.
  • Follow the proctor instructions. He/ she will ask you to:
    • Give access permission to the computer screen for monitoring purposes
    • Use the camera to show a 360-degree view of the room
  • Once these conditions are met the proctor will invite you to start the exam.

The check-in and identification process should take approximately 10 minutes.

During the exam, the entire EDIC Part I exam will be recorded by ProctorU® and monitored by a human proctor.

  • During the exam, the proctor will monitor candidates (via the camera) and their computer screens to ensure all exam procedures are being followed.
  • Candidates must be visible to the proctor at all times during the exam session. No breaks are allowed.
  • Candidates can interact with the proctor by speaking to him/her or using the chat option.
  • Candidates are not allowed to take notes on paper during the examination.
  • Candidates have use of the “whiteboard” for rough working during the examination. No other form of note taking is permitted during the examination. This whiteboard will be erased in front of the proctor at the end of the exam.

The exam policies are:

  • The use of unauthorised materials, including mobile devices, connected watches, prewritten notes or books, is prohibited.
  • The use of any recording equipment is prohibited.
  • The proctor is the sole person with whom candidates may communicate while the exam is in progress.
  • Speaking aloud during the exam is permitted only if strictly necessary.
  • The candidates cannot be out of camera view. No breaks are allowed throughout the whole duration of the exam.
  • Taking pictures, screenshots or trying to copy/paste any element of the exam content is strictly prohibited.
  • Candidates must behave in an appropriate manner. Any conduct that the proctor deems to be vulgar, offensive, pornographic, obscene, abusive or criminal is strictly prohibited.

Suspicious actions are flagged in the online proctoring system and will be reported to the EDIC Committee.
If any suspicious activity is detected on the part of any candidate, his/her exam session will be terminated, the exam will be invalidated and the registration fees will not be refunded.
Any violation of the EDIC Online Examination Regulations mentioned above can lead to sanctions as described in the Online Proctoring Examination Terms & Conditions.

What if technical issues arise?

If you experience a technical problem during the exam, you are requested to notify the proctor by speaking to him/her or via the chat.
Candidates who get disconnected or who temporarily lose their internet connection, should be automatically reconnected.
Any candidate who is unable to reconnect or speak to the proctor can call ProctorU® for assistance.

EDIC Part I Exam Description

The EDIC Part I examination is a multiple choice written examination in English to be performed in three hours. 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.

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 Examinations Committee. To analyse the exam takes circa three weeks, thus candidates can expect to have their results approximately four weeks after the exam.

Required Documentation to apply

  • Short version curriculum vitae
  • 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
    • 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

Important Information

  1. The EDIC Candidates are expected to read, understand and accepted the Online Proctoring Examinations Terms & Conditions
  2. People who failed the written exam must wait at least one year prior to being allowed to sit the written exam again
  3. All candidates should receive an automatic electronic response when registration is complete. This message is NOT a confirmation that the candidate has a guaranteed seat. Your seat at the EDIC Part I exam is only guaranteed after the validation of your application by the office (by the closing date of applications)
  4. Candidates should wait for validation before making any work arrangements. 
  5. Candidates credit cards are not charged by ESICM until the validation process is complete. Note that some financial institutions may provisionally deduct the fee immediately upon entering the credit card data during registration, these funds are held by the individual bank – not ESICM, so any issues must be resolved by the candidate with their own bank.

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