Intensive Care Medicine

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The next SSAI-IC training program will be advertised in spring 2020 with application deadline 1. September 2020 and start in Jan 2021

Effective from 2019, the SSAI-IC training program will be starting every second year, like the other SSAI advanced training programs.

The next program will be advertised in February 2020 with application deadline 1. September 2020 and start in Jan 2021. This change from a yearly cycle is an adaptation to the lower number of applicants seen in recent years. We probably have reached a saturation since almost 500 participants have entered the program during the past 20 years. Most ICUs in the Nordic Countries now are run by colleagues who have gone through theSSAI-IC program. The introduction of the EDIC I requirement a few years ago may also have contributed. However, this requirement has enabled a more rewarding course content with active candidate participation in advanced case presentations, in-depth analyses of clinical trials, discussions with speakers etc.

The steering committee is convinced that the program with its present level of complexity will remain an important key to competence, networks and leadership in the Nordic intensive care community. With the change to a bi-annual program, motivated applicants will have better possibilities to plan their EDIC 1 exam and their entry into the program.

However the SSAI-IC Steering Committee will continue to keep contact with heads of departments who have sent participants to the program in the past. And if there are signs of increased interest and increased number of qualified applications we can and will change back to starting a new program every year.

Any inquiry in preparation of future applications can be addressed to the respective country representatives of the steering committee.

Course Information (will be updated for the new call in 2020)

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.

Download Core Curriculum and Contract Download Application Form

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 2021.
  • The training program is limited to 30 trainees.

Maximum number of accepted applicants is 30.

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 is 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 ICU 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 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 should 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 Paris in October 2020 can apply to the program by 1st of September 2020, but will be put on waiting list until results of the EDIC 1 exam arrive (1st of Dec).

The trainees must acquire the EDIC part two (EDIC II) to be able to apply for the SSAI-IC Diploma after completing 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 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.
  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 Hosp, Reykjavik, Iceland,
  • Prof. Sten Rubertsson, Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden,
  • Assoc. Prof. Miklos Lipcsey, Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden,
  • Dr. Anna Somell, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden,
  • Assoc. Prof. Christian Rylander, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden,
  • Assoc. Prof. Morten H. Bestle, Nordsjællands Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.,
  • Dr. Ulrik Skram, Nordsjællands Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark,
  • Dr. Meike Tomesch, Aalborg University Hospital, Ålborg, Denmark,
  • Prof. Anne Berit Guttormsen, Haukeland Univ Hosp, Bergen, Norway,
  • Prof. Hans Flaatten, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway,,
  • Dr. Sigrid Beitland, Oslo Universitetssykehus. Sigrid Beitland
  • Prof. Martin Ingi Sigurdsson,  Landspitali University Hosp, Reykjavik, Iceland,
  • Prof. Tor Inge Tønnesen, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
  • Dr. Katrin Thormar,Landspitali University Hosp, Reykjavik, Iceland,

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

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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