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
Scoring systems Burns
Intra abdo sepsis
Weaning from ventilation
Local anaesthetic toxicity
Management of the trauma patient
Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia
Carbon monoxide poisoning (simulation station)
CRBSI and bundles
DKA (uk guidelines)
CT abdo - retroperitoneal haemorrhage
CT head - MCA thombosis, TBI with subdural
CXR - pulmonary hypertension!!!
ECGs - WPW, SVT with aberrant conduction, PTE, inferior STEMI
Pulmonary Artery Catheter
Head injury and neuro protection
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