Part One

Part One is a reference for trainees preparing for the CICM and ANZCA Primary Exams.

  • Part One is:
    • Designed to cover the assessed sections of the CICM and ANZCA curricula in enough detail to pass
    • A rough guide for the expected depth of knowledge required on a topic
    • A tool to correct your written answers
    • A source of information you might find difficult to find elsewhere
  • Part One is not:
    • A textbook
    • The definitive guide to the primary exam
    • A complete reference
      There will be both omissions and errors. If you find any, please let me know.


The book is divided into three sections:

  • Curriculum
    Covers statistics, physiology, equipment and measurement, and anatomy.
    • Pages are laid out using the section title, topic titles, and order from the CICM curriculum

      A grey block indicates a topic is from the CICM curriculum OR both curricula

    • When a topic is only examinable in the ANZCA curriculum, it has been slotted in somewhere sensible

      A purple block indicates a topic is ONLY from the ANZCA curriculum

    • Topics covered by the page are listed at the beginning of each page
  • Pharmacopoeia
    Covers drugs.
    • For the sake of consistency, the general principles of pharmacology are covered in the curriculum, whilst the specifics of different agents will be found in the pharmacopoeia. If lost, use the search box.
  • Appendices
    Includes the key definitions, graphs, and equations you should know, as well as sample structures for SAQs.

Acknowledgements + Technical Stuff

Part One is built with a number of open-source tools:

  • Additionally, chemical structures have been built in MarvinSketch

About the Author

Jake Barlow is an Anaesthetic and Intensive Care Registrar from Melbourne, Australia. Interested in all things critical care (with a particular fascination for physiology), as well as biotech, physical computing, teaching, analytics, and outcome prediction in intensive care. Send all comments, criticism, and complaints about Part One to him here.

Major Contributors

Stuart Watson is an anaesthetic registrar and Renton Prize winner from St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne. He has kindly provided his brilliant primary exam question answers to be included in Part One (the originals can be found on his website Ketamine Nightmares).

Copyright © 2015-2021 C. Jake Barlow

Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Last updated 2021-08-22

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