Advanced Concepts in Critical Care
- COURSE INFORMATION
- ibsc & corom
- COURSE CONTENT
- COURSE COST
- EXAM INFORMATION
- COURSE DATES
- TERMS & CONDITIONS
This review course is aimed at experienced registered paramedics, prehospital nurses and doctors who intend to pursue a career internationally as Flight Paramedic or Critical Care Paramedic.This review course is aimed at experienced registered paramedics, prehospital nurses and doctors who intend to pursue a career internationally as Flight Paramedic or Critical Care Paramedic.IBSC Flight Paramedic & IBSC Critical Care Paramedic exam candidates use this week to review content likely to come up in the exams.Lectures from experienced practitioners deepen understanding of important concepts. Workshops break up the day and give scope for hands-on practice.
Instructor to student ratio is never less than 1 : 6.
Exam candidates get the opportunity to prepare mentally by taking a number of test exams and discussing questions that proved a challenge.Preparation for the review course is based on the ACEP Critical Care Transport curriculum and CoROM’s online coursework.
International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC)
Based in the United States, the mission of the International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC) is to improve quality of care in all aspects of specialty EMS applications.
They provide certification exams that are an objective, fair, and honest validation of the specialty knowledge that paramedics and allied health providers are called upon to perform during critical care transport.
For re-certification purposes with IBSC, this course counts for 16 hours of CME credit.
In the context of any of CoROM’s programmes, this course counts for 40 hours of CPD credit.
IBSC approve of CoROM’s International Critical Care Paramedic course as a review course for their exams. You can find it listed on the IBSC website here.
Course Content and Structure
Part I: 40 hours self guided online learningPart II: 5 days of classroom based training and testing
Instructor Aircraft Fundamentals, Safety and Survival, Trauma Management, Flight Physiology, Advanced Airway Management Techniques, Neurological Emergencies , Critical Cardiac Patient, Respiratory Patient, Toxic Exposures, Obstetrical Emergencies, Neonates, Paediatric, Burn Patients, General Medical Patient and Environmental injuries.
Part III: One additional day (Saturday) for sitting the chosen IBSC exams.
Critical Care Certification (CCP-C ®)
Flight Paramedic Certification (FP-C ®)
Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C ®)
Five days of lectures, scenarios and discussions with (at minimum) two experienced instructors.
On the Saturday (after the five course days), students have the opportunity to take one, two or even three exams.
Depending on number of exams chosen, add €290, €580 or €870.
Accommodation is not included in these costings.
The International Board of Specialty Certification is the US standard for Flight Paramedics, Critical Care Paramedics and Tactical Paramedics.
- When making your course booking, you can choose from three exams (Critical Care, Flight Paramedic, Tactical Paramedic).
- You may take one, two or three exams on the same day.
- Each exam takes 2.5 hours.
- A calculator will be provided to each student for use during the exams.
- This exams is the ‘Pen and Paper’ version.
- It is proctored by IBSC.
Please make sure to read, in particular:
IBSC exam requirements and expectations
You will be asked which exams you wish to take when making the course booking. It is possible to change your mind about this, in the run-up to the course. If necessary, you may contact the course director to add or cancel exams until up to four weeks before the exam date.
The deadline for cancellation of exams is ’50 days in advance of the exam day’, and no refunds can be allowed for cancellations after that date.
Monday through Saturday 22-27 October 2018
Exams offered on Saturday, 27 October 2018
Monday through Saturday 15-20 April 2019
Exams offered on Saturday, 27 October 2018
October 2019 (dates to be confirmed)
Exams offered in October 2018
Prerequisistes for attending ‘Advanced Concepts in Critical Care’
This review course is aimed at experienced registered paramedics, prehospital nurses and doctors who intend to pursue a career internationally as Flight Paramedic or Critical Care Paramedic.
There are no particular prerequisistes for attending the course itself.
Prerequisistes for taking the IBSC exams:
To be eligible to take any of the three exams, you must be
a registered doctor a registered paramedic
a nurse working in a prehospital environment.
Terms & Conditions
Download a copy of the Candidate Handbook before registering.
This is an IBSC publication which gives you all the information you need to know about the exams.
Terms and conditions related to the course booking:
Students will receive confirmation that this course date is guaranteed to take place no earlier than 55 days before the course start date.
CoROM guarantee to run this course date if it is confirmed at that time, unless circumstances beyond our control occur that make it impossible to run the course.
A deposit of €500 secures access to the pre-course study material (online) and reserves your place on the course.
The deposit of €500 is non-refundable.
However, should CoROM end up cancelling this course date (this can happen on very rare occasions, usually due to low enrolments), the deposit, and any other payments made towards this course at that point, will be refunded within one week.
Payment in full (€1250 plus € 290 for each exam) has to be received eight weeks in advance of the course date. This allows CoROM to make the decision to run the course at your chosen date, and your cooperation in paying at that time is greatly appreciated.
Students may pay in full earlier (if desired) and a refund of all payments made (minus the deposit of €500) can be made in case of cancellation by the student.
To support a visa application for traveling to Malta, a ‘Letter of Invitation’ can be received on request.Deadlines for cancellations:
The deadline for cancellation of course attendance is ’60 days in advance of day 1 of the course‘. At that point, all payment except the deposit (€500) can be refunded on request. The refund will be made within 30 days of the day of cancellation. No refunds can be allowed for cancellations after that date.
The deadline for cancellation (or change) of exams is ‘50 days in advance of the exam day’, and no refunds can be allowed for cancellations after that date.
Advice for non-European students:
As noted above, CoROM are not in a position to confirm course dates until two months before the course start date.
In many cases, when applying for a visa, a student will be asked to show proof of purchase of return flights (Ask your local Maltese or Italian Embassy for advice.)
Please consider carefully whether waiting until two months before the course start date (in other words: when you receive the course confirmation email from CoROM) until you purchase your flights and only then applying for a visa. This may, in some circumstances, not give you enough time to obtain this visa. It may be a better choice to purchase the flights much earlier and also start with your visa application more than two months ahead of the course dates.
On request, a ‘Letter of Invitation’ can be received, to support a visa application.
Note that CoROM will issue this letter on on having received the course fee in full.
No refund can be made of this course fee, but in exceptional circumstances (see below), the payment can be applied to a later course date.
If it turns out that you are unable to obtain a visa to travel to Malta, you will lose the deposit of €500. Any payments over and above that made towards this course and the exams can be transferred to a later date. This means: No refund can be made in this case.
(Exception – as always:
The very rare case when CoROM have to cancel a course date due to low enrollment.)
- Additional WEEK of class
- CLINICAL OPPORTUNITIES
Foundations in Critical Care
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Clinical Placement – Flight Paramedic
Critical Care Paramedics can enrol for helicopter based clinical placements in Budapest, Hungary.This placement is with the main HEMS station in Hungary.
There are around 3-5 calls each day.
This is a VFR-only station, so placements can take place during daylight hours only.
Detailed information & the application form can be found here.
Cost for four days of this clinical placement: €700.
Places are extremely limited.
- COURSE LOCATION
- VISA APPLICATION
This course will be held in the seaside town of Pretty Bay, Birzebbuga, Malta.Birzebbuga is located in the south of the island. This area is quieter than other popular tourist spots in Malta, particularly in winter.The main shipping port of Malta lies nearby.This is one of the few sandy beaches in Malta!The 1.8km beach promenade provides an opportunity for exercise and a gym is located right on the beach, too.
Accommodation tends to book out in advance.
Booking.com (depending on the accommodation provider) frequently offers the option to reserve without commitment.
To secure ‘accommodation on a budget’, check out the Airbnb options or consider sharing a flat with other students.
Arrival in Malta
You will arrive into Malta International Airport (MLA). This is the only airport on the island.Journey time from the airport to Birzebbuga is approximately ten minutes by taxi – or twenty minutes by bus.
On leaving the luggage collection hall and enterimg the ‘arrivals’ area, head straight ahead and keep left. Find the taxi ticket booth on your left hand side. You need to purchase a ticket there, and the next available taxi will be allocated to you after that.
Payment is accepted in cash only and should be around €15.
You can also pre-book a taxi here.
Bus ticket prices and travel cards available are listed here.Buses are available just outside the airport. Take Bus Nr. X4 towards Birzebbuga.
(Bus stop Nr. 3 — all the way over to the right, as you leave the building.)
Think twice before you decide to rent a car: Driving in Malta is not a pleasant experience.Car rental companies are located at the airport.
Do you need a visa to travel to Malta?
In general, CoROM do not give any advice on visa matters, as we are not experts in this area and cannot guarantee that any advice given would be correct.Students who hold a passport of a country belonging to the Schengen area should not need a visa.