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Graduate Certificate in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)

Program director, emergency physician and emergency staff specialist, Dr Khanh Nguyen, speaks about the Critical Care Medicine program.

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Overview

The Critical Care Medicine program has been designed by critical care clinicians for doctors interested in emergency medicine, anaesthetics and intensive care medicine.

Clinical and academic leaders will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to become a well-rounded, informed and analytical clinician. Designed for busy working doctors, this course is delivered online with some units of study that include intensive (1 or 2 day) face-to-face workshops.

The structure of the program is flexible and allows you to pace your study and tailor your learning to your needs and interests. Coursework is provided in anatomy, pathology, physiology and pharmacology to help you prepare for college barrier examinations. In anaesthetics and intensive care medicine, you can pursue highly coveted expertise in neuromonitoring, pain management, mechanical ventilation or extracorporeal life support. If emergency medicine is your interest, you may choose coursework in retrieval medicine, point of care ultrasound or clinical reasoning and communication.

There are a wide range of subject areas to choose from and you can develop valuable non-technical skills in teaching, simulation and research.

New units for 2018/2019

  • Point of Care Ultrasound: this ASUM accredited course will help you develop essential expertise in performing e-FAST, AAA, vascular access, DVT studies, renal, hepatobiliary, basic echo and early pregnancy scans, integral to the management of critically ill patients.
  • Mechanical Ventilation: explore clinical scenarios to understand mechanical ventilation, ventilator waveforms, and measured data.
  • Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS): this unit will help you develop skills in ECMO, ECCO2R, VAD and Impella: common indications, contraindications, ECLS physiology and technology.
  • Resource Limited Critical Care: gain an understanding of the clinical, educational and logistic challenges of working in low and middle-income countries and disaster management and preparedness.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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Course options

Study Critical Care Medicine at different levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The programs are embedded, allowing you to step from one course to the next at your own pace.

Some critical care units of study are available as non-award courses. If you are interested in completing a non-award unit please contact the course director. Please note that CRIT5008 Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care is not available for non-award study.

Short courses and non-award study

Some critical care units of study are available as non-award courses. If you are interested in completing a non-award unit please contact the course director. Please note that CRIT5008 Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care is not available for non-award study.

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What you'll study

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine), students complete 24 credit points of stream specific units of study. 

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification as well as the following:

  • current medical registration in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction
  • current or prior employment as a medical practitioner in a clinical setting in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually and may be changed without notice.

Professional accreditation

Information about the Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) received from the Australasian College For Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM).

ACEM

The following units of study have been approved for the purpose of fulfilling the Trainee Research Requirement: CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology CRIT5008 Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics. This unit can be undertaken as a general elective for the completion of the Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) or Master of Medicine Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)NB two of the units must be completed to meet the requirement.

CICM

The Master of Medicine (Advanced) (Critical Care Medicine) may be undertaken to fulfil the requirements of the Formal Project.

Hear from our students

Dr Holly Martin, Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)

Dr Priya Rao

Dr Priya Rao
Alfred Health/ICU Registrar

"The Master of Medicine (Critical Care) was a huge contributor to my success in two First Part Examinations over the last two years. In 2015, I completed all four of the basic science subjects in the degree (Pathology, Physiology, Pharmacology and Anatomy).

The Anatomy and Pathology subjects in the Critical Care degree gave me the structure and motivation I needed to comprehensively cover what are generally considered dry areas of study sufficient for the ED exam."

Future study options

On completion of the requirements for the Graduate Certificate, students may be eligible to transfer to the Masters degree.

Graduate opportunities

The course provides advanced postgraduate training for students who intend to pursue a career in emergency medicine, anaesthetics or intensive care medicine.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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