Intensive care

Currently not recruiting – scheduled new program application in April 2018


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Information regarding the program starting January 2018

The Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (SSAI) co-ordinates an advanced training program in Intensive Care Medicine for doctors working at Scandinavian hospitals.

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Please notice requirements for application to the program.

  • The main aim of the program is to prepare future senior intensive care specialists and ICU-directors in Scandinavia for their ever more complicated tasks.
  • All applicants to the training program must have completed part one examination of the European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine (EDIC Part I) before they can enter the program.
  • EDIC 1 competence is expected to facilitate the focusing on interactive, problem-oriented presentations, hot topics, pro – contra, controversies etc.
  • The amount of “textbook kind of lectures” will be reduced. Basics are expected to be known from Textbooks, CoBaTrICE, PACT and EDIC.
  • Academic focus will be enhanced and focused on the needs of Scandinavian intensive care medicine.
  • The training period is 2 years, starting January 2018.
  • The training program is limited to 30 trainees. 30 applicants were accepted for the program that started in January 2017.
  • If less than 15 applicants qualify, the program may be postponed for one year.


Clinical training

During the two-year period the trainee will be appointed a host clinic and a local tutor. The host clinic will employ the trainee in an appropriate position (i.e. in an intensive care unit) during the training program. A minimum of one year of clinical training should be done at a university intensive care unit.



During the training period SSAI will organize 5 four-day courses. These courses will be located in Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and the common language will be English. To achieve the goal of creating a close networking atmosphere the participants are expected to participate in the scheduled sessions and social functions at the course sites.


International exchange programme

The program includes a mandatory period of training in an intensive care unit in another country.


Scientific training

The candidates will also have to complete an “ICU project” during their two-year training. This project could be a research project, quality assurance or development project or a literature review of agreed subject. The topic must be related to intensive care medicine. If the trainee has already an ongoing project it may be included, for example as part of an ongoing or recently passed PhD research program. During the two-year training period, it must be expected to spend an estimated period of 6-12 weeks of full time work on the project. Please feel free to ask the director of the SSAI-IC training program or your national representatives in the SSAI-IC Steering Committee for advice (see below).



The candidate must use and implement the CoBaTrICE (the competencies) during the training program ( CoBaTrICE is an international Competency Based Training programme in Intensive Care Medicine for Europe, which is being implemented in intensive care training programs of most West European countries and now integrated with PACT and EDIC (see below). The participants are expected to fill out the COBA Log Book (COBATRICE Portfolio) during their two-year training.



The trainee is expected to study the complete PACT (Patient-centred Acute Care Training) modules during the two-year training. PACT is a product of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), which is an on-line, modular curriculum for Intensive Care Medicine ( and now integrated with CoBaTrICE and EDIC.



The applicants must pass EDIC I to be able to enter the SSAI Training Program in Intensive Care Medicine.

Those who plan to take EDIC 1 in Vienna in September 2017 can apply to the program by 1st of September 2017, but will be put on a waiting list until results of the EDIC 1 exam arrive (around 1st of Nov).

The trainee must acquire the EDIC part two (EDIC II) to be able to apply for the SSAI-IC Diploma at the end of their two-year training.


SSAI Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine

Trainees completing the two-year training program, including all the 5 courses, the ICU project, the ICU exchange program, the EDIC I and II and the COBATRICE Portfolio can apply for Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine from the SSAI.



All expenses for this program (including travelling, accommodation and a fee for each course) must be be covered by the host clinic. Other arrangement concerning finances must be approved by the SSAI-IC steering group. The course fee for each of the 5 four-day courses is 900 Euro (4500 Euro for all five). This does not include travel cost and accommodation that may vary according to early vs late reservations of flights and hotels, time of year, course site etc.


Who can apply to the programme?

Young specialists in anaesthesia & intensive care in the Nordic Countries, who have finished their anaesthesia training within the last 5 years are the prime target applicants. Specialists from other disciplines are invited to apply to the program, but they must complete a minimum of 12 consecutive months of anaesthesia training to be eligible. They should apply within 5 years of finishing their training in the primary specialty and within 3 years of completing their anaesthesia training. All applicants to the training program must have completed EDIC I before they can enter the program.


Membership in SSAI

Membership in SSAI is mandatory and proof of membership in a National Anesthesia Society in one of the SSAI member states (which implies SSAI membership) has to be attached with the application. If this is not done before deadline of application the application will not be handled.


Selection of applicants

Applicants are selected at the discretion of the steering committee according to quality of the application, the ranked quality of their affiliation, clinical skills, academic merits, proposed ICU rotation, proposed ICU project, proposed training abroad and personal motivation.


Applications should include the following:

  1. The application form.
  2. Letter by the applicant informing about the applicant’s motivation and expectations regarding the program.
  3. Suggested clinical rotation in different ICUs during the two-years training period.
  4. Recommendation letter from a superior documenting the applicant’s interest in and commitment to intensive care medicine.
  5. Curriculum vitae.
  6. ICU project proposal. Suggest a project tutor. Define topic/title and design the project (background info, aim, hypothesis, methods and timetable – 250-500 words plus references).
  7. Proof of membership within the SSAI (i.e. proof of membership within one of the National societies organized in SSAI).
  8. Proof of having passed EDIC I.
  9. A recent electronic picture of the applicant.


Further information

For further information see or contact the program director of the SSAI training program in intensive care medicine, Gisli H Sigurdsson, phone +354 543 7350, +354 543 7348, e-mail: or any of your national representatives in the SSAI-IC Steering Committee:


SSAI-IC Steering Committee

Prof. Gisli H Sigurdsson (chair), Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland
Prof. Sten Rubertsson, Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden,
Prof. Jan Wernerman, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden ,
Dr. Christian Rylander, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden,
Assoc. Prof.Morten Bestle, Nordsjællands Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.,
Dr. Katrin Thormar, Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dr. Ulrik Skram,Nordsjællands Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark,
Prof. Anne Berit Guttormsen, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway,
Prof. Hans Flaatten, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway,,

All material submitted as a part of an application must be in electronic format.

Applications with attachments should be sent by e-mail to the program secretary at before September 1, 2017:


Gisli H Sigurdsson MD PhD
Chair Scandinavian Postgraduate Training Program in Intensive Care Medicine
Professor Department of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine
Landspitali University Hospital, Hringbraut
IS 101 Reykjavik
Tel 00354 543 7350 / 7348 / 1000

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