Research Learning Pathway


Andrew CONWAY MORRIS MD, MRC – Clinician Scientist, University of Cambridge; Hon Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom; Chair, Infection Section, ESICM

Nathan D. NIELSEN M.D., M.Sc., FCCM – Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology; Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine & Section of Transfusion Medicine and Therapeutic Pathology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine; Executive Editor – European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) Academy

Special Guests:

Giuseppe CITERIO MD – Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, School of Medicine and Surgery, Milano Bicocca University, Milan, Italy; Editor-in-chief of Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) Journal, ESICM

Nicole JUFFERMANS MD, PhD – OLVG Hospital, Amsterdam University Medical Center, The Netherlands, Chair of Intensive Care Medicine Experimental (ICMx) Journal, ESICM

Pathway beneficiaries may access the dedicated online classroom available on the ESICM Academy. Please note that ONLY selected beneficiaries can access the dedicated classroom.

This pathway allows a progressive build from the basic introduction to research and research methods for participants with little or no post-graduate research experience to the more advanced level which may be of specific interest to those with more research experience who want a refresher or need focused training on a specific topic.

It covers the range of knowledge and skills required to embark on a career as an intensive care researcher.

This pathway started with ‘Introduction to Critical Care Research’ in Level 1. Self-paced learning combined with an e-Course, which was was very well received. Now it is time for Level 2, on how to design and deliver critical care research projects.  As for Level 3, this will start in 2023 with project design and preparation for application for funding. Level 2 and 3 will be open to both participants from Level 1 and new registrants.

IMPORTANT! A total of 10 places will be offered for FREE to participants coming from Low and Lower Middle Income Countries (LMIC), as per the World Bank classification. If you are interested to apply for an LMIC place, send us your letter of interest and CV to Applicants will be selected based on gender equity, equitable geographical representation, levels of expertise, with special attention to multidisciplinarity and interprofessionalism. Deadline for LMIC applications: February 26, 2023. 

The research learning pathway will include a three-level approach combining online self-study with live e-Courses and at a later stage possible project design. Participants can complete the full pathway or can take levels separately, according to their previous experience and preferences. The pathway includes:

1. Level 1 concluded in 2022. It covered the core ‘basic topics’ such as:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Research in ICU
  • Module 2: Data analysis and statistics – partner with data science

2. Level 2 “Nuts and Bolts of Research Design” currently ongoing. This level aims to offer a more advanced approach and will include:

a. Online self-study: November 2022-March 2023

    • Module 3: How to search the literature systematically
    • Module 4: Types of research project’
    • Modules 1 & 2 (belonging to Level 1) are also available as optional resources for study. 

b. A 2-day e-Course: 28th and 29th March 2023

    • Day 1 – General principles and tools
    • Day 2 – Research in context, how to undertake different types of research

The sessions include different formats: interactive lectures, pro-con debates, panel discussions, small group works and quiz/game-based sessions.  The aim is to maximise interactivity between participants and faculty, and develop a course which is engaging and informative.

3. Level 3: “Putting It All Together” opening in April 2023. The third level takes a different approach, moving from a ‘teaching’ to a ‘doing’ approach. The main objective is to complete a research proposal ready for submission for funding consideration by end of the calendar year 2023.

  1. Identification of area of research and type of project
  2. Creation of mentorship groups based upon content and study design type expertise
  3. Kick-off virtual event to introduce groups and establish next steps/timelines: July 7 from 13:00 to 15:00 H CEST
  4. Groups meet independently 2-3 times between to assess progress on various elements of research proposal: May-October 2023
  5. Face-to-face mentor-mentee meeting on October 22, 2023, at LIVES Milan
  6. Summary event for presentation of final research proposals, proposed submission targets: early 2024
  7. Proposal submission during funding cycle 2024

This learning pathway aims to provide an educational resource for intensive care trainees, qualified intensivists, intensive care nurses and allied health professionals who wish to learn how to conduct and appraise research in intensive care.

Join the programme if you wish to:

  • Improve your knowledge and skills required to embark on a career as an intensive care researcher
  • Meet colleagues and experts from all over the world
  • Exchange best practices and learn from each other
  • Join our network of researchers and contribute to more evidence-based projects

Research Learning Pathway – Level 2 “The Nuts and Bolts of Critical Care Research Design” has been granted 12 European CME credits by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).

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