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Example exam questions for the FFICM and previous exam topics to focus your revision

March 8, 2018


The faculty have produced a selection of example questions for each part of the FFICM exam. The Scottish Intensive Care Society have also produced a list of previous exam topics from some years back. These would be a good starting point when considering topics to choose. 

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine official example FFICM exam questions 


Topics from past questions published on the Scottish Intensive Care Society website

Although I can't verify these questions from the SICS there is no reason to think they are not genuine and would be a sensible focus to start your revision.

Topic areas from past exams from the SICS


  • AKI

  • Adrenal insufficiency

  • Myasthenia

  • Pulmonary Embolism 

  • Pulmonary haemorrhage

  • Scoring systems Burns

  • Nutrition

  • Pleural effusions

  • Drowning

  • Intra abdo sepsis

  • Fluid responsiveness

  • Infective endocarditis

  • Pseudo obstruction 

  • Weaning from ventilation

  • Arrhythmias

  • Child protection

  • Phosphate

  • Cardiogenic shock

  • Inotropes

  • Pre eclampsia

  • Local anaesthetic toxicity

  • Acute stroke

  • Management of the trauma patient

  • Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia

  • Status epilepticus 




  • Carbon monoxide poisoning (simulation station)

  • Epidural haematoma

  • Tension pneumothorax

  • CRBSI and bundles

  • DKA (uk guidelines)

  • CT abdo - retroperitoneal haemorrhage

  • CT head - MCA thombosis, TBI with subdural

  • Stroke thrombolysis

  • CXR - pulmonary hypertension!!!

  • ECGs - WPW, SVT with aberrant conduction, PTE, inferior STEMI 

  • Blocked tracheostomy

  • Paracetamol OD

  • Pulmonary Artery Catheter

  • Delirium

  • ARDS

  • Head injury and neuro protection

  • DKA

  • Stroke thrombolysis and decompressive craniectomy 

Just think..... Can you talk sensibly on the topics listed above each for around 5 minutes?


Can you define the important elements of each condition, its diagnosis, management and outcome? 


Can you talk about any relevant national guidelines or published evidence relating to this topic area? This would be an obvious start to a viva question and could also come up in questioning on an OSCE.

For example if answering a VIVA question on Tracheostomies in ITU it would very reasonable to be asked what national guidance and publications you know on the topic.


To which you would reply 


'the important publications on this topic include NAP4, the NCEPOD report On The Right Trach, and the Tracman trial..not to mention the national algorithms for the management of displaced or blocked tracheostomies.....'


see the links above and the resources sections for the documents relating to this topic​


If the answer is No get reading or listening to podcasts on the topic or viva you mates and get them to answer it for you and teach you at the same time....

I will add resources relating to the main themes as time goes on. 

Any old questions you want to share or you find links to please get in contact. Themes would be good. I'm trying not to annoy the FICM by publishing full questions  

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