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How to become an Intensivist

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I. Belgian Official Paper: October 14 th, 1995


  1. The candidate must be accredited in one of the following basic speciality: anaesthesia, internal medicine (cardiology, pneumology, and rheumatology), surgery (general surgery, neurosurgery, urology, orthopaedic, plastic surgery) or paediatrics.

  2. The candidate must follow a specific training in intensive care. This one consist of

    1. A 2 years full time training in one or several ICU recognised for the critical care formation.

    2. A maximum of 1 of these 2 years can be performed during the formation in the basic speciality (§ 1).

    3. Three to six months must be accomplished in an accredited emergency department.

    4. A least 1 year must be performed in a department recognised for the complete formation.

    5. Six months of the formation can be accomplished, under the responsibility of the Academic supervisor, in an ICU of another Hospital

  3. During the 2 years, the candidate must follow the courses specifically developed by academic and non academic medical centres

  4. A least one time, the candidate must present a communication in a scientific meeting or published a paper regarding ICU in a journal with peer-review.

  5. The candidate with the agreement in Emergency medicine has to make another year of ICU formation.

  6. To maintain his agreement, the intensivist has to:

    1. Performed medicine mostly in an ICU

    2. Developed his knowledge to deliver care to patients according to contemporary data and quality requirement

    3. Submit his medical practice to evaluation by peers

II.  Criteria used by the Flemish accreditation council when applying for the professional title


EC richtlijnen 26-6-2019

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