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CICM Primary Exam Program

Multimedia Critical Care Basic Science FOAMed

Welcome to Basic Science Clinic.

We run a unique Primary exam preparation program and produce FOAMed content covering critical care basic sciences.

The FOAMed project provides well-researched multimedia content that addresses the essential physiological principles relevant to critical care primary examinations, and upon which scientifically informed management of critical illness is constructed.

We investigate the original publications describing fundamental concepts, and hope to deepen your appreciation of the crucial yet fallible nature of physiological models in critical care.

We are working to consistently generate content and if there are any subjects that you would like us to cover specifically, please get in touch via twitter or message us at: .

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Latest Updates

26.08.2019: We have had lots of enquiries for Primary Clinic V. The course is set for January 2020 at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. The exact dates will be released soon.

You can declare your interest via

31. 03.2019: Primary Clinic IV is set for 2nd - 4th July 2019 at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. Registration is now open!

10.05.2018: Primary Clinic 2.0 is set to go live tomorrow. There is one place left! Get in quickly.

Latest FOAMed content

30.10.2017: NEW VIDEO - Laminar flow.

26.10.2017: NEW VIDEO - Relative/specific humidity & dew point.

22.10.2017: NEW VIDEO - Absolute humidity & heat loss.

20.10.2017: NEW VIDEO - Saturated vapour pressure.

19.10.2017: NEW VIDEO - Vapour vs. gas.

25.08.2017: NEW PODCAST - Pulmonary Perfusion.


The podcast series includes:

Raw Science is a deliberately deep dive into the physiological foundations of critical care medicine.

Crit Think is a metacognitive examination of the inner workings of our deceptive minds.

Ask-me-anything is where we tackle questions submitted directly from (anonymous) exam candidates from the Primary Clinic.


Raw Focus is a short video series covering the key concepts around which critical care primary exam short answer questions are constructed.

The videos are designed to be concise and high yield. The syllabus is under development and we will be producing regular content.

You can request a specific topic to be covered by messaging us at:

The primary sessions

You can join us for weekly primary exam tutorials in the ICU at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

All comers are welcome.

For more information on the location, timing and roster get in touch:

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Primary clinic

CICM Primary Exam Program

  • mobile education app

  • 3-day course

  • online mentorship program

High yield content and examination technique.

Places are limited and allocated on first come, first served basis.

Send any further enquiries and formal rego via:

Program developed with financial assistance from the NSW CICM Regional Committee