EDIC Part II Examination

Spring  2021 – May 20

Registration is set to open in mid-January, but may be subject to postponing depending on the final capacity of the exam centres.
Candidates with a valid registration in 2020 are automatically registered for the Spring 2021 edition, and will be allocated in the exam centres primarily.
The examination should be going ahead as planned in the current OSCE format, i.e. mandatory presence of the candidates in the exam centres. However, the EDIC Committee may have to adapt the exam format if health conditions are not expected to improve.

Information about registration and exam centres will be published in January 2021.

Preparing to take EDIC II?

An EDIC II Preparation Course has been developed by the Clinical Training Committee. For more information, visit the EDIC II Preparation Course webpage.

EDIC Part II – Objectively Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

The standard requirements expected for EDIC Part II are that of a senior trainee nearing completion of specialist training in ICM, and capable of safe, independent practice. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively in English and be capable of consulting and drawing appropriately on the fullness of multi-disciplinary patient support. Some sub specialty knowledge is expected, including for example, some general aspects of paediatric, organ donation and transplant critical care.

Only those candidates who have successfully passed EDIC Part I may take the Part II OSCE examination. Candidates who fail are informed that they are free to have another go. A maximum of three attempts is allowed.

Important Information

  1. 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 II exam is only guaranteed after the validation of your application by the office (by the closing date of applications)
  2. Candidates should wait for validation before making any travel arrangements (e.g. work leave, flight/hotel reservations, visa application, etc.) ESICM is not responsible for any costs incurred by validated or unvalidated candidates
  3. 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

EDIC Part II Exam Description

The EDIC Part II exam will take place outside of the ICU environment. The exam content follows a blueprint derived from competencies listed in the CoBaTrICE syllabus. For domains description and competence statement, see table 3 of the original CoBaTrICE publication in Intensive Care Medicine 2006 (vol. 32 pp 1371-1382).

Candidates will have to pass six skill stations: Three different clinical scenarios using imitation charts of real patients and three computer stations, where reading and interpretation of imaging, ECGs, biochemical scenarios, open questions and other topics will be tested. Clinical scenarios, as well as computer-based skills stations, will be standardised, which means that for a given clinical problem or presented image, expected answers are prepared in advance. At each clinical skill station, a different pair of examiners will examine the candidates and at each computer based skill station, a different examiner will interact with the candidate.

The EDIC Part II exam will be performed in English exclusively, and simultaneously (on the same day) in approximatively 6 to 10 centres able to accommodate up to 36 candidates/centre.

Registration Process


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Part I


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