The fellowship examination of the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland is composed of two sections: a written examination and an oral/clinical examination, both of which cover the theory and practical aspects of modern intensive care medicine. The examination is based on the syllabus as set out in the competencies, teaching opportunities and training assessments in intensive care medicine. In order to be invited to the clinical examination, the candidate must pass the written examination. To view the examination format, please follow the link below to ‘FJFICMI written & Clinic/Viva Format’.

Eligibility and Application

To be eligible to sit the exam, the trainee must

  1. Have completed the appropriate amount of training dependent on their base speciality area. Relevant information about training requirements located here.
  2. Be registered as a trainee with the JFICMI
  3. Have submitted an appropriate application to the JFICMI (See links to exam regulations and application form below. Trainees can apply to sit the examination online by following link to Examinations/Register Now)
  4. Have paid the appropriate fee

Examination Details

The JFICMI has an agreement with the Examinations office of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland to conduct the exam on its behalf. This is done under the overall direction of the Faculty’s Examinations and Training Committee and its current chairman, Dr Andrew Westbrook. The examiners are drawn from the training ICUs in Ireland and there is usually an Extern examiner. All are regulated by the stipulations relating to examiners in the link below, Organisation of JFICMI Examination.


  1. The exam is held once a year

Written Exam
Exam Date:                    11th April 2019
Applications open:          2nd January 2019
Applications Close:         8th February 2019
Fee:                                 €500

Clinical Exam
Exam Date:                     17th May 2019
Applications Open:          22nd April 2019
Applications Close:          3rd May 2019
Fee:                                 €500

Preparation Course
Course Date:                   6th, 7th, 8th March 2019
Applications Open:          2nd January 2019
Applications Close:         8th February 2019
Fee:                                 €400

If the candidate withdraws from the examination, a cancellation fee will apply.

Previous exam short answer questions (SAQs)

Examination papers from 2009 to 2017 are available by clicking ‘Exam papers’ below.

Fellowship conferring

To be conferred with Fellowship of the JFICMI, the candidate must have passed the examination and completed at least one year of recognised, supra-specialty, competency-based training in intensive care medicine. The successful candidate will be conferred with fellowship by the Dean of the Faculty at a open ceremony.

Information for Examiners

To apply to be an examiner please review the document ‘Organisation of JFICMI Fellowship examination – incl. examiner regulations’, which is located under the ‘Exams register now’  button. In compliance with Examiner regulations, it will be necessary for new examiners to be assessed as a ‘shadow’ examiner in the first instance. Attendance at an examiners’ course is also recommended.

Document Links

Concept and regulations of the JFICMI Fellowship examination

Application Form FJFICMI 2018

FJFICMI Written Clinic-Viva Format February 2019

Exam papers

Model Answer Q3 2013