The two main functions of the Faculty’s Credentials Committee are to assess applications from doctors who have not been trained in Ireland under the supervision of the JFICMI and who are seeking either Ad Eundem Fellowship of the Joint Faculty or to register on the Intensive Care Medicine specialist register with the Medical Council of Ireland. This Faculty committee is currently chaired by Dr Michael Scully and its terms of reference may be viewed here.
Applications for Ad Eundem Fellowship are made to the Chair of the Credentials Committee – the criteria have recently been revised and are available here.
Applications for registration on the specialist register for Intensive Care Medicine are made to the Irish Medical Council and, after certain processing, are then forwarded to the Joint Faculty for the attention of its Credentials Committee. The role of the Credentials Committee for such specialist registration applications is to assess whether the training and examination ‘credentials’ of the applicant are ‘equivalent’ to a JFICMI-trained doctor who has attained CSCST status in Intensive Care Medicine from the Joint Faculty. The Faculty then acts on the advice of the Credentials Committee (with regard to equivalence of training) when making a recommendation to the Irish Medical Council about the suitability of applicants for specialist registration in Intensive Care Medicine. The criteria to be used by the Credentials Committee in this assessment may be viewed here. This Committee will also assess applications from ICM consultants working as postgraduate trainers in ICM in Ireland at the time of the formal accreditation of the programme, the criteria for which may be viewed here.