1. Aki

    July 11, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Thanks for the article James I liked reading it.
    I’m currently a PGY3 resident looking to get into ICU (actually dual ICU/ED). My question I had for you was how much ICU experience did you get in your PGY2 year before stepping into the role of a junior registrar in PGY3?

    If it was like most Resident terms (say 10-12 weeks) how did you feel/go about stepping up?

    Thanks again,

    • James

      July 13, 2018 at 8:05 am

      Hi Aki,
      It was just a usual resident term, but in a regional centre where I was by myself overnight etc.
      The step up was hard for the first month or so, but you quickly get used to it! Don’t forget that for most of our bosses, it was the norm to go into a registrar job after 2 years out of uni. SRMO / HMO3 jobs weren’t a thing!
      That being said, I would recommend doing a crit care SRMO job, particularly if you are looking to dual train. Most give you experience in ICU, ED and anaesthesia so you can dip your feet into each specialty.
      Hope this helps!

  2. Skye

    September 8, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Hi, loved your article.. i need your Help. iam a aspiring icu reg and i got a question in my recent interview.
    What should i advise to reduce MET call number. Coz in this particular hospital there are many many MET calls every day. Iam i quite keen to know what will you answer please can you reply asap… will appreciate your reply very much.

  3. Georgia

    August 14, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Hi James!
    I’m a final year med student who has been interested in basically everything so am a little stuck in limbo with regards to where I’m going to go, but ICU has definitely piqued my interest.
    I would assume doing critical care terms in at least in your PGY2 year are part of getting onto the training program (I believe at least 6 months supervised ICU). Are there any other terms you’d suggest trying to do prior to starting training? And are there any extra-curricular type things I could do (other than research) to fluff up my resume so to speak?


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