Frequently Asked Questions

What is this program about?
The Canadian Critical Care Review Program is held annually and is designed specifically to meet the educational needs of practicing intensivists and the Canadian Critical Care trainee.   It addresses the clinical challenges faced both during the Royal College subspecialty examinations in Critical Care and in professional practice.  The review course is intended as a knowledge consolidation and assessment exercise and has no influence on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons exam content.

Who can attend this course?
All practicing intensivists and Canadian Critical Care trainees may attend this program.

What topics are covered?
In total, about 20 topics are presented covering the major specialty areas within Critical Care.

How are the topics chosen?
Final year Critical Care fellows complete a needs assessment form that identifies core topics needed within Critical Care. The top 40 topics are ranked; and speakers are recommended by the residents and recruited by the co-chairs.

Who are the speakers?
Speakers are chosen from educational institutions across Canada and are selected based on their expertise and familiarity with each selected topic.

Please note, the Canadian Critical Care Review Program is not sponsored by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. All Royal College examiners have been excluded from participating with this program or providing any input into to selected topics and contents of the material covered within each topic.

What type of feedback has been received from previous attendees?
Past programs have provided overwhelmingly positive feedback from the participants in this regard. Feedback from the 2018 program show:

    • 97% felt that the overall quality of the review program was excellent
    • 94% felt that the review program met its educational objectives
    • 97% indicated that touch pad technology helped to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses
    • 91% would recommend the program to their colleagues

Does the course cover everything in Critical Care?
Cost and time issues necessitate some limitations; as such, only the top-ranked topics identified in the needs assessments are selected.

Have you looked at webcasts or other similar "distance learning tools”?
Yes, however, cost issues do not permit such alternatives at this time.

How do I register?
Registrations can be completed online.





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About the association

The Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) is the National Specialty Society, representing Adult and Paediatric Critical Care Medicine physicians in Canada. The practice of Critical Care Medicine in Canada is multidisciplinary and CCCS members hold base specialty certification in anaesthesia, medicine, paediatrics, emergency medicine or surgery and some surgical subspecialties such as cardiac surgery and neurosurgery.

Contact the CCCRP Program Coordinator

Andrea Smith
Phone: (905) 415-3917 ext 233 & 235
Fax: (905) 415-0071

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