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EDIC Part 2 - An Overview

  • January 23, 2020

EDIC, the European Diploma of Intensive Care Medicine, is an examination that consists of two parts, and you will need to complete both parts, as well as passing IELTS or OET, in order to be eligible to obtain GMC registration. EDIC tests the theoretical competencies and professional conduct of doctors practicing intensive care medicine.

As of June 2019, EDIC has become a GMC accepted postgraduate qualification, and only if you passed EDIC after January 2015.

Upon completing EDIC and having passed either IELTS or OET, you will be eligible to apply for ST3+ roles within the NHS.

In this article, we will be offering you an overview of Part 2 of EDIC, the format of the exam, how much it costs, and some study resources you can utilise. If you have yet to sit either part of EDIC, you can learn more about EDIC Part 1 and how to prepare for that in our previous blog article.

How much does it Cost?

At the time of writing this article, EDIC Part 2 costs €480 Euros for members of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and €680 for non-members.

Am I Eligible?

In order to sit EDIC Part 2, you must be a fully registered medical doctor and have completed a year’s internship.

You should also be enrolled in or have completed a national training programme in a primary specialty in one of the following:

  • Anaesthesiology
  • General/Internal Medicine (and other medicine specialities)
  • General Surgery (and other surgical specialities)
  • Accident & Emergency Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Intensive Care Medicine (if it is a primary specialty)

In order to be eligible to sit Part 2, you must first have completed EDIC Part 1.

What languages can EDIC Part 2 be Sat in?

The EDIC exams can only be sat in English, this is done to achieve standardisation. So, unfortunately, you will not be able to sit EDIC in any other languages.

EDIC Part 2 Format

Part 2 is an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) in which there are six stations. There will be three clinical scenarios, and these will include imitation charts of real patients. The other three stations will be computer stations where you will be tested on reading and interpreting imaging, ECGs, biochemical scenarios, open questions and other topics. The examination should take roughly two hours, altogether.

There will be two different examiners at each clinical skill station. At each computer-based skill station, a different examiner will interact with you.

The exam may start with the clinical skill stations or the computer stations, so there is no guarantee which one you will be faced with first.

Before entering the clinical scenario stations, you will first enter a preparation room in which you will be given any necessary material to prepare for the clinical scenarios. You will be allowed thirty minutes to prepare using the materials you’ve been provided with, after which, you will move to your first exam room.  The purpose of the clinical scenario stations is to test your professionalism and knowledge in this each situation using the information you’ve been provided with. This part of the examination likely won’t contain more than 3-4 competency domains. You will likely be presented with between 1-5 questions with up to five potential correct answers. ESICM has stated that the scenario will focus on an ICU admission or the days following an event during a patient’s ICU stay. You will be examined on how well you safely manage a particular scenario.

You will not be given any time to prepare for the computer stations. The purpose of the computer stations is to test your knowledge and diagnostic skills. Each station will last fifteen minutes, twelve of these minutes will be used to answer questions, and you will be tested in three different Intensive Care medicine competency domains.  You will be presented with pictures or scenarios and these will vary between 8 and 12 per computer-based scenario, depending on how complex the question is.

The following subjects will be covered within the examination:

Disease Management

Cardiovascular Disorders

Renal and genitourinary disorders

Neurological disorders

Gastrointestinal disorders

Respiratory disorders


Other disorders (haematologic; metabolic toxic; endocrine; peri-partum)

Therapeutic Interventions / Organ System Support

Medical treatment

Organ system support

Perioperative care

Practical Procedures

Respiratory system

Cardiovascular system

Central nervous system

Patient General Care

Resuscitation & initial management of the critically ill patient

Comfort and recovery

End-of-life care

Patient safety and health management system

When can I Sit EDIC Part 2?

Part 2 of EDIC is generally held in June and November every year, and test centres are able to accommodate 36 candidates. 500 seats are usually offered for EDIC Part 2 each year. Your exam centre will be allocated to you during the validation process and you will be notified of this.

Revision Resources

ESICM has some useful study resources on their own website, which we will provide links for here.

They offer an official EDIC Part 2 preparation course which covers both the clinical scenario and the computer-based portion of the exam, as well as offering mock examinations. You can learn more about the preparation course here.

ESICM also has a fantastic website with revision resources called the ESICM Academy. You can find that here.

Facebook Groups

You can often gain a lot from getting involved with Facebook groups, as members often provide resources and first-hand advice.


European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM)


Given that Part 2 of EDIC is a practical exam, YouTube can be a particularly helpful study resource as it is so visual.

EDIC 2 Exam Dr Tapas

Computer Based Scenario Resources

Example Scenarios

Our Tips

Our tips for passing EDIC Part 2 are:

  • Give yourself time to study – Make sure you start preparing for the exam in advance so that you have enough time to revise all the relevant topics you will need to be well versed in.
  • Utilise Resources – Utilise the resources, particularly the preparation course and information provided by ESICM, as these will be tailored to the exam and give you the best opportunity of passing.
  • Use your exam time well – We really recommend utilising the 30 minutes you are provided with prior to the clinical scenario stations to really analyse any information you are given. It can be difficult to focus when you are nervous, but the more you read through the information they have provided you with, the more likely you will be to do well in this portion of the test.

If you Don’t Pass

If you don’t pass the examination, you will need to wait 12 months before you can apply for the next exam to try again, and you will be allowed a maximum of three attempts.

It can be discouraging if you don’t pass first time but use your experience to help you be better prepared for your next attempt. Ask yourself which areas were you confident in? Where did you struggle? Focus on improving any areas you found difficult, or felt you did poorly in, and with this experience and knowledge, you are far more likely to pass the next time you attempt the exam.

Good Luck!

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ESICM. (2020). EDIC Part II - ESICM. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Jan. 2020]. (2020). [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Jan. 2020].


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