Part One

The astute LITFLer will have already noticed that a new header link titled “PART ONE” has been appearing at the top of every LITFL page for the past few months.

Part One is an incredible resource created by Jake Barlow for critical care trainees preparing for their “part one” exams. Jake has successfully knocked off both the CICM (intensive care) and ANZCA (anaesthesia) primary exams in recent years and he has kindly shared his learning resources with the world.

Part One includes guides on how to pass, the SAQ, and the Viva, as well as content covering the entire assessed curriculum for the CICM and ANZCA primary exams.

There are also useful appendices covering Definitions, Laws and Equations, Structures for SAQs, and Key Graphs – if you’re not sure where to start check out the graphs that Jake has created – you’ll soon be sucked into learning more physiology and pharmacology than you could ever have hoped!

Here is a quick example, a graph showing left coronary blood flow into the left ventricle throughout the cardiac cycle:

Graph of blood flow to the left ventricle over time: (1) Systole should be clearly identified. (2) Left ventricular flow occurs predominantly in diastole (3) Peak flow is ~115ml.min-1. (4) There is a brief period of flow reversal during isovolumetric contraction.

This is an incredible free resource that anyone preparing for exams in the critical care basic sciences would be silly to overlook. Errors are inevitable, so if you find a mistake – or just find something hard to understand – leave a comment and Jake will address it as fast as humanly possible.

Disclaimer: I am an examiner for the CICM First Part Exam and have had no input into the content of the Part One website created by Jake Barlow. I cannot guarantee the accuracy or currency of the content.

Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also the Innovation Lead for the Australian Centre for Health Innovation at Alfred Health and Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He is a co-founder of the Australia and New Zealand Clinician Educator Network (ANZCEN) and is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme. He is on the Board of Directors for the Intensive Care Foundation and is a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.

After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.

He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE.  He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.

His one great achievement is being the father of two amazing children.

On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

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