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The eleventh international Wellington Intensive Care Medicine course

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The Wellington Intensive Care Medicine course returns in 2023 for its eleventh year.

WICM is an annual course for candidates studying for the adult fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine.

The course began in 2010 to provide a local programme for New Zealand trainees. It has grown year-on-year and now welcomes trainees from all around Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

The 2023 course will last four days and is based in the 24 bed tertiary Intensive Care Unit of Wellington Regional Hospital in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand.

Wellington ICU



The international faculty come from a wide range of Intensive Care Units and are invited for their educational expertise and passion for teaching. Some are graduates of previous year's courses. Some are CICM examiners.


The course utilises a mixture of interactive teaching, simulation, practice exam questions, vivas and clinical 'hot case' scenarios in a tertiary ICU. We aim to teach exam technique and summarise relevant knowledge, particularly in areas that are often misunderstood or poorly explained in standard texts


Numbers are capped at thirty six to ensure that course quality is maintained. We aim to provide a supportive environment where the focus is on each individual, not lecturing to hundreds


The course will cover content relevant to the entire second part of the fellowship exam. As such it is suitable for both those imminently sitting the clinical component as well as candidates earlier on in their exam preparation. All candidates will have both 'hot case' & viva practice and the opportunity to observe.


Wellington Regional Hospital
Riddiford Street
New Zealand

Wellington Regional Hospital is situated in the suburb of Newtown, about 10 minutes drive from both Wellington International Airport & Wellington CBD.

The clinical component of the course is set in the 24-bed tertiary ICU. Lectures & vivas are held in the on-site hospital education centre.

More information on the hospital, including maps, satellite photos & Google street view location is available here.

Information on getting to & from the hospital by public transport is available here.


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The 2023 course timetable is now finalised & available to download as a PDF using the button to the right.


WICM23 timetable


Teaching resources from previous year's courses are available for free below


Comments from previous course candidates

  • I have done two other fellowship exam courses and I have enjoyed this one the most. Everyone was very suppported and encouraging. Although nervous, I never felt stupid or pitied. The atmosphere of 'we've all gone through it' instead of 'you have to go through it' was helpful and invigorating.
    WICM 19 candidate
  • This is a very good course. After completion, you can appreciate that it is a complete product. All of the faculty are to a high credible standard and are, importantly, supportive.
    WICM 19 candidate
  • Super impressed with all sessions. All stations were very relevant to study. Hot cases - patients were varied and interesting. Feedback was helpful and felt like a real exam. Greatly appreciated the free wifi password and daily coffee vouchers (so thoughtful). Wellington ICU consultants clearly enjoy working together and the course highlights what a wonderful group they are!
    WICM 19 candidate
  • A fantastic course. The sessions were all high quality and appropriately geared content for the exam. The course lecturers, facilitators and examiners were all approachable and helpful. Group sizes were spot on and obviously a lot of work had occurred behind the scenes to make this so successful- well done. Would thoroughly recommend.
    WICM 18 candidate
  • All tutors are very experienced and helpful. I like the structure of the course i.e. mix of didactic components and exam-like experience. The hot case bingo and simulations were my favourites. Good to teach data interpretation as pub quiz so we were more engaged and could actually experience the time pressure just like in exam.
    WICM 18 candidate
  • 100% of those who attended WICM 19 believed the course would make them more likely to pass the FCICM exam.

    100% stated that they would would recommend the course to colleagues.


All candidates are exposed to all components of the course. The course fee covers attendance at all 5 days of the course, all course catering, and the course dinner.
Accommodation is not included.

The Wellington Intensive Care Medicine Course is not-for-profit. Candidates fees cover flights & accommodation for international & national faculty, catering costs & venue hire. All faculty donate their time for free. The course receives no sponsorship from industry or professional societies. The price above includes GST at 15%






Intensive Care Unit
Wellington Regional Hospital
Riddiford Street
Newtown Wellington 6022
New Zealand


Dr.Colin Barnes (Convener)
Dr.Kate Tietjens
Dr.Alex Psirides