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European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine

EDIC Objectives

The European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine (EDIC) seeks to standardise education and training of quality intensive care across Europe and beyond. EDIC exams are meticulously developed and continuously updated to create standard exit exams, which accurately reflect clearly defined assessment goals and address the necessary skills, attitude, competencies and knowledge required for intensive care practice. The awarding of a speciality exam in intensive care medicine is a key component of ESICM’s education strategy, which aims to set a standard for entry into intensive care specialist practice in Europe. Many jurisdictions specify EDIC as a professional qualification in ICM and the increasing numbers sitting the exam also attests to its widening acceptance. Responsibility for the European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine (EDIC) belongs with the Examinations Committee.

The EDIC examinations are set out in two parts: Part I – the written exam and Part II – the oral/clinical case exam. The EDIC examination guidelines will provide you with information on the exam as well as the requirements needed to sit the exam.

 

How To Prepare Yourself For Your Examination

We advise you to draw fully on the following:

The EDIC Guidelines can also provide you with some additional information on recommended approaches to training.

Translation & Validity of the EDIC Certificate

ESICM delivers a Diploma in Intensive Care for those who have passed the EDIC Part I & II and successfully completed the required amount of training, thus fulfilling the set criteria for receiving the Diploma. This Diploma is in English only. Its recognition at national level is based on national regulations.


How to Prepare for EDIC II

Candidates talk about their experiences

Contact Us
For all queries about EDIC, please e-mail the EDIC Secretariat .

2018 EDIC Part I – Spring Edition

Date: 4 April 2018
More information about registration and exam centres will be published in due time.

2018 EDIC Part I – Autumn Edition

Date: 22 October 2018
Exam Centres: Paris & Bern
More information about registration will be published in due time.


EDIC Part I Exam Description

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.


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

  • 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
    • 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. People who failed the written exam must wait at least one year prior to being allowed to sit the written exam again
  2. 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)
  3. 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
  4. 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.

2017 EDIC Part II – Dates
Autumn – November 16 
The results will be released by December 15, 2017.

2018 EDIC Part II – Dates
Spring – June 14
Information on centres and registrations will be published in due time.
Autumn – November 22
Registration is set to open in summer 2018.


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.


About EDIC II
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

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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.

The online EDIC application system will reopen shortly.


Registration Process for EDIC I & II

All candidates must have a fully complete and updated application, successfully register during the registration period (noted above) and have their registration validated before they are fully registered for the EDIC I or EDIC II exam. Please find details about this 3 step process below.

1. Application Process (creation of your personal EDIC profile)
New Candidates: Please complete an application form
For Candidates who have already completed an application form,  please check that your details are still valid by logging in.  Please make any changes as necessary.

2. Registration Process (booking of exam centre and level of exam)
Candidates will be informed on the ESICM website when registration opens. Places are on a first come first served basis.
Before registering, please make sure that in your country there is an Embassy or Consulate of the country where you would like to take the exam.

Please select one centre (only) per candidate by logging in using the link below. Once processed, payment will be requested (credit cards only) using a secure method.

3. Validation Process
Each application is processed individually by the EDIC Secretariat and can take up to four weeks.

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • 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 exams is only guaranteed after the validation of your application by the office (by the closing date of applications)
  • 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
  • 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.

How to Become an EDIC Part II Examiner

The successes of the EDIC exams to date are primarily due to the diligent, hard working support of a network of inspired people helping to make EDIC a relevant and necessary test of the knowledge and clinical skills of candidates who intend to work in intensive care.

If you are interested in becoming an examiner for the EDIC Part II exam, these are our criteria for acceptance:

  • To be an ESICM member
  • To be a successful holder of the EDIC diploma or of other comparable postgraduate specialist certification in Intensive Care Medicine
  • To be an established specialist in current practice Intensive Care Medicine with broad acceptability among national peers and practicing in Europe
  • To have an established track record in post-graduate training in Intensive Care Medicine in Europe
  • To be trained as an examiner in Intensive Care Medicine or other post-graduate medical disciplines in Europe

After acceptance, you will be invited to formally obverse an EDIC Part II exam centre and subsequently be recommended by the exam centre director. You will be considered as an EDIC Part II examiner after being an examiner during three consecutive years.

If you are interested in participating as an examiner for EDIC II, please forward a brief email (and the following documents) to the EDIC Secretariat. Please ensure you include your completed application form, a short CV and copy of your Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine.

Contact Us
For all queries about EDIC, please e-mail the EDIC Secretariat .