Dear MCEC Participants,

In light of escalating concerns about Coronavirus, we have decided this afternoon that running MCEC in the current climate would no longer be appropriate. 

We have therefore decided, with some sadness, to cancel the April Course

This is based upon our assessment that it would now be hard to justify to have trainees from all over the  country and internationally be cohorted in close contact to each other for two days.

While this might be perceived as extreme, our fear is that spread from someone with minor (or no) symptoms to other attendees, would have major repercussions on the ability to deliver essential ICU services over the coming weeks, with the inevitable quarantine that would follow for these staff.

Furthermore, the success of MCEC is based on a large number of Intensivists teaching on this course. In times of crisis we simply can’t free the required number of instructors up from important clinical and non-clinical duties.

We are truly disappointed having to make this difficult decision because we have seen the potential of MCEC over many years. 

We will not be able to run the course prior to the first sitting of the clinical exam. 

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this late cancellation may have caused.

Provided the CICM exam goes ahead as planned, we wish you best of luck.

For upcoming courses and updates please follow our RMH ICU social media channels on Facebook and twitter


Christian Karcher

on behalf of the MCEC Faculty


Course information

Many candidates preparing for the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) clinical examinations find success difficult to achieve despite possessing adequate theoretical knowledge. Clinical exams require a very different skill set to that needed for written exams or indeed every day clinical practice. This two day course has been developed to teach the skills necessary to bridge the gap between knowledge and performance in the examinations.

The course is specifically aimed at trainees sitting the CICM fellowship clinical examination. Ideally you should do this course 6 to 12 months prior to your sitting, then go back to your unit, practice the skills learned and then sit the exam. Of course trainees who are about to undertake the final fellowship examinations will also find this course valuable.

MCEC is a unique course with a very strong focus on the teaching of exam skills (as opposed to knowledge delivery).

Course components include:

  • ‘Behind the scenes’ insight from current and past CICM Examiners
  • Simulated and ICU Hot Cases
  • Cross-Table vivas
  • Communication vivas
  • Simulation/Equipment vivas
  • Radiology vivas
  • Video-assisted debriefing



Small groups, individual feedback – much better than in the big courses. (March 2017)

The systematic approach is a game-changer for me (September 2018)

Finally I know what I need to change in my exam preparation. (March 2018)

Better than Tubb’s!!! (March 2018)

Enthusiastic faculty (September 2018)

Teaches technique, not content (March 2019)


When is it on?

The Melbourne Clinical Exam Course runs twice per year,  between the written and clinical CICM examination sitting.

The dates for the upcoming courses are


Thursday/Friday 23/24 April 2020

Thursday/Friday 17/18 September 20120


Secure your spot!

The registration fee is $799 (incl. GST) for the 2-day course

This includes online pre-reading material, a course handbook and full course catering.

Please find all our courses on our event booking site


How to get here…

Melbourne Simulation

The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Ground Floor West

Grattan Street

Parkville VIC 3050


Onsite parking is available at RMH underground Car Park off Royal Parade next to Melbourne Private Hospital, as well as public street parking surrounding RMH and Melbourne University.


Three bus lines (205, 402, 546) provide easy access to The Royal Melbourne Hospital, with bus stops on Royal Parade (opposite Melbourne Private Hospital), Grattan Street and Swanston Street.


The Royal Melbourne Hospital is serviced by two tram lines and is only a short ride into the city. The No. 19 Tram that travels along Royal Parade and stops on the corner of Royal Parade and Grattan Street would be the closest public transport. Additionally there are trams that travel along Flemington Road (stopping cnr Flemington Road and Grattan Street) also service the needs of RMH.


There are a numvber of accommodation options around the hospital. One we can recommend is the Naughton’s Hotel, just up the road from Royal Melbourne Hospital.


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