Eligibility & Exemptions

To sit the FFICM Exam you must be successfully registered with the Faculty in one of the following membership categories, details of membership eligibility can be found by clicking the links below;

For ICM Trainees we ask that you are in the following Stage of Training at the time of application;

Joint Trainees should have completed Intermediate ICM training as follows;

  • 3 months basic ICM
  • 6 months Intermediate ICM
  • 6 months complimentary (dependent on your base Specialty)

Dual/Single ICM Trainees should have completed Stage 1 ICM training as follows and have been issued a stage 1 certificate;

  • 12 months ICM
  • 12 months Medicine
  • 12 months Anaesthesia
  • 12 months additional

Please see the relevant summary table below to quickly check your eligibility.  A more detailed eligibility list is available in the FFICM Examinations Regulations.

 

FFICM MCQmaximum six attempts

is eligible for full registration with the General Medical Council (United Kingdom) and:

Either:

  • is currently registered with the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine as a trainee in a Deanery approved training post on a GMC approved training programme in Intensive Care Medicine (either as part of a Single, Dual or Joint programme), who has completed Stage 1 ICM (Single/Dual) or Intermediate training (Joint) or;
  • is currently registered with the Faculty of Intensive  Care Medicine as an Affiliate Fellow in a Deanery approved training post on a GMC approved training programme in a specialty of one of the Faculty’s parent Colleges, or;
  • is a specialty/SAS Grade Doctor who is
  • currently practicing Intensive Care Medicine in the UK;
  • a member of the Faculty; and
  • holds a satisfactory NHS appraisal; or
  • is currently sponsored under the MTI IP; and been employed in Intensive Care Medicine in a NHS post for six months immediately prior to the date of the examination applied for and holds a satisfactory NHS appraisal.* And

*A doctor who has completed their MTI sponsorship and during their sponsorship passed one or more components of the FFICM, will  be allowed to sit outstanding component(s) for one further year, measured from the completion date of their sponsorship providing they remain eligible in all other respects.  No further adjustments to eligibility will be made after the extended period has elapsed.   

has passed any of the following examinations: FRCA Final, FRCA Primary, MRCP (UK), MRCEM Parts A, B and C, EDIC or any of the exemption qualifications listed in the regulations of The Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine within ten years before the published start date of the sitting applied for.

 

 

FFICM OSCE/SOEmaximum six attempts

is eligible for full registration with the General Medical Council (United Kingdom) and:

Either:

  • is currently registered with the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine as a trainee in a Deanery approved training post on a GMC approved training programme in Intensive Care Medicine (either as part of a Single, Dual or Joint programme), who has completed Stage 1 ICM (Single/Dual) or Intermediate training (Joint) or;
  • is currently registered with the Faculty of Intensive  Care Medicine as an Affiliate Fellow in a Deanery approved training post on a GMC approved training programme in a specialty of one of the Faculty’s parent Colleges, or;
  • is a specialty/SAS Grade Doctor who is
  • currently practicing Intensive Care Medicine in the UK;
  • a member of the Faculty; and
  • holds a satisfactory NHS appraisal; or
  • is currently sponsored under the MTI IP; and been employed in Intensive Care Medicine in a NHS post for six months immediately prior to the date of the examination applied for and holds a satisfactory NHS appraisal.*  And

*A doctor who has completed their MTI sponsorship and during their sponsorship passed one or more components of the FFICM, will  be allowed to sit outstanding component(s) for one further year, measured from the completion date of their sponsorship providing they remain eligible in all other respects.  No further adjustments to eligibility will be made after the extended period has elapsed.   

has passed any of the following examinations: FRCA Final, FRCA Primary, MRCP (UK), MRCEM Parts A, B and C, EDIC or any of the exemption qualifications listed in the regulations of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine within ten years before the published start date of the sitting applied for.

has passed the MCQ within three years preceding the closing date of the sitting applied for.

 

 

Training Exceptions

The Faculty has decided that it will, on a case-by-case basis, listen to requests from trainees who wish to sit the MCQ component of the FFICM in the very late phase of their Stage 1 training.  This is on the proviso that the MCQ sitting in question falls in the last few weeks of the trainee’s Stage 1 training and that the trainee’s Regional Advisor confirms that the trainee is on course to complete all of their required Stage 1 competencies.

Please contact the Faculty to discuss this further on 0207 092 1688.