Austere Critical Care is the specialised and comprehensive care of acutely unwell casualties located in remote, austere and resource-limited environments whose conditions are life-threatening. This programme will explore the assessment and management of critically unwell casualties and is designed for the experienced doctor, nurse or paramedic that will be working in intensive care medicine in remote or austere conditions. It is intended to provide delegates with the skills to advance their knowledge in this speciality and to earn a higher degree through distance learning and hands-on experience. Delegates will learn the necessary skills in order to provide advanced critical care in urban as well as in remote, and rural environments.

The taught components will introduce the complex nature of caring for a critically ill casualty. The modular approach is designed to evaluate the care of the acute or critically unwell patient from an evidence-based perspective from the point of injury through the discharge of the casualty. The assessment will be structured to allow delegates to evaluate the topic in relation to their personal practice and professional experience. Delegates will be encouraged to spend time in the ICU located at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro with KCMC hospital.

The Austere Critical Care program will be the first postgraduate degree that is specifically designed for the practice of critical care in remote, resource-poor, and austere environments.

The full MSc course will take two or more years to complete, although you can choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after completing 30 credits or a Postgraduate Diploma after 60 credits.

 

 Programme Title Master of Science in Austere Critical Care
 Starting Date 1 August 2021
 Application Deadline 1 July 2021
 Requirements BSc and be a healthcare provider
 Length of Programme 2 to 5 years
 Mode of Delivery Full-time / Part-time
 Location Online, Malta and Tanzania
 Language English
 Tuition Fees 8,100 EUR for the complete programme
 Contact info@corom.edu.mt

Prerequisite: none

Exit Award: PGCert is awarded once 30 ECTS credits have been earned.

 

ACC701: Critical Care Basics: Concepts, Interventions

Compulsory Module

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 10 ECTS

This module provides the knowledge of complex pathophysiology which the assessment and management of the critically ill patients are based. Content areas include concepts of tissue oxygenation; organ perfusion; breathing and oxygenation; circulation; regulation of metabolic status and homeostasis; regulated and dysregulated immune responses. The module will build a strong foundation for further clinical studies in critical care.

 

ACC702: Intensive Care for Resource-limited Environments

Elective Module

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 10 ECTS

This module discusses the knowledge and competencies needed to provide intensive care for the critical casualty located in remote, austere and resource-limited environments.

Content areas include early assessment and management of the critical casualty, sepsis, acute kidney injury, airway and respiratory emergencies, advanced techniques for physical examination of the acute casualty, clinical decision making, communications, pharmacological options for the critical casualty, documentation and assessment-based management.

Additional topics will include managing resource limitations, resource allocation, triage, and ethical implications.

 

ACC703: Core Critical Care Skills

Compulsory Module

Mode: Blended Learning with five days of classroom training

Credits: 10 ECTS

This module provides the foundational knowledge and skills needed to conduct a structured clinical assessment for critically ill patients, practical skills to apply and interpret critical care monitoring, manage ongoing organ support,  and provide basic critical care interventions specifically for the casualty located in remote, austere and resource-limited environments. The module includes skill stations for structured patient assessment, clinical scenarios with organ support and complex monitoring, emergencies during mechanical ventilation, recognition, evaluation and management of circulatory collapse and complex metabolic deterioration. Delegates will practice the management of simulated clinical scenarios in teams, learning technical and non-technical skills.

 

ACC704: Aeromedical and Critical Care Transport

Elective Module

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 10 ECTS

This module provides the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe transport for critically ill patients both via land and aeromedical retrieval service. The module content includes the knowledge and discussion of the principles of aeromedical transport, including its effects in physiology and the skills of preparing patients for transport as well as monitoring and managing critically ill patients within the confined space during transport.  The online module will give the theoretical background for further studies and learning technical and non-technical skills during subsequent classroom teaching and clinical placements.

Prerequisite: PGCert in Austere Critical Care or completion of ACC703 and two electives.

Exit Award: PGDip is awarded once 60 ECTS credits have been earned.

 

ACC705: Advanced Critical Care Skills for Austere Environments

Compulsory Module

Mode: Blended Learning with five days of classroom teaching

Credits: 10 ECTS

This module provides the advanced knowledge and skills needed to conduct a structured clinical assessment for critically ill patient specifically for the casualty located in remote, austere and resource-limited environments. Practical hands on skills will be taught that apply and interpret critical care assessment and advanced monitoring, manage ongoing organ support,  and provide critical care interventions specifically for the casualty located in remote, austere and resource-limited environments. The module includes advanced skill practice during structured patient assessments, clinical scenarios with organ support and complex monitoring, procedural ultrasound, emergencies during mechanical ventilation, recognition, evaluation and management of circulatory collapse and complex metabolic deterioration. Delegates will practice the management of simulated clinical scenarios in teams, learning technical and non-technical skills.

 

ACC706: Intensive Care for Tropical Environments

Elective Module

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 10 ECTS

This module aims to introduce the concepts of the practice of intensive care medicine specifically for tropical medicine ailments and diseases as well as providing critical care in remote and austere conditions. It begins with the top ten infectious diseases found in tropical regions and expands to cover various treatments and procedures that are needed whilst working in tropical environments.

 

ACC707: Leadership and Management in Critical Care

Elective Module

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 10 ECTS

This module will introduce students to the concepts of effective leadership and management in health care. Students will be encouraged to (i) explore how self-leadership is a precursor for the effective leadership of others (ii) to develop the leadership skills to become clinical and academic leaders within their own departments. (iii) to develop the skills to lead innovation and change whilst understanding the challenges facing service delivery.

 

ACC708: Clinical Practicum for the Austere Critical Care Practice

Elective Module

Mode: Clinical Experience

Credits: 10 ECTS

This module will give the delegate hands on experience with assessing and managing critical patients in austere environments whilst working under the direct supervision of physicians working at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre located in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. It will provide students with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills for the assessment and treatment for the critically unwell casualty.

ACC709: Research Methods for Critical Care

Compulsory

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 10 ECTS

This module is designed to engage the student in MQF level 7 research in Healthcare specifically Critical Care. To provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to get started in level 7 research. It will focus on the following:

  1. Developing an understanding of the theories of science. methodological views and paradigms
  2. Understanding the process of research and knowledge production in a selected healthcare topic (including identifying a suitable problem statement and research questions, relevant academic and professional literature, and appropriate methods
  3. Appraising the ontological and epistemological basis of research in healthcare practice.

 

ACC710: Degree Project for the Austere Critical Care Practice

Compulsory

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 30 ECTS

This is a capstone project, which requires and enables candidates to produce a comprehensive integrative piece of work incorporating the developed knowledge and skills from the programme into a final dissertation (20,000 words). Focusing on blending  theory with practice in a specific professional context. An in-depth investigation of a research problem rooted in theoretical frameworks and concepts.

Location of courses

   The College is located in Pretty Bay, Malta. The two classroom modules will be taught in Malta.

PGCert tuition: €3750 discounted to €2700 for 2021-2022

PGDip tuition: €7500 discounted to €5400 for 2021-2022

Full MSc tuition: €11250 discounted to €8100 for 2021-2022

Enrolment is possible for August or January.

 

The College provides additional discounted tuition for citizens of countries listed in the United Nations’ list of developing countries.

The programme is accredited by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority MFHEA at MQF/EQF, Level 7, 90 ECTS. 

You can find our award on the MFHEA website here.

CoROM accreditation number is 2018-022.

CoROM Covid-19 policy

October 2020

The Maltese Government continues to update its published guidelines on how we will be allowed to provide classroom-based training.  As lockdown measures slowly lift, CoROM will implement a phased return to campus-based courses.

We will focus on:

  • The safety and general wellbeing of all our students and staff.
  • Securing the confidence of staff, students, and their families, based on evidence and information so that they can plan for the session ahead.
  • Consistency with the Maltese Government’s framework for decision making and measures in place – such as distancing, managing attendance, and wider protective actions.
  • Alignment with the national effort to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Our 2020/2021 academic session will commence on 1 September 2020. We are preparing to start the new semester with a blended delivery of safe on-campus teaching and digital learning. This will mean that we will move the majority of our didactics into an online format with classroom training primarily focusing on hands-on clinical skills. There will be limited lectures during the classes held in Malta.

Please be aware: The Maltese Department of Education can close our College if there is a resurgence of the pandemic. If this happens, we will follow all guidelines given out by the EU and Maltese governments. We will support our students as best as we can.

There is a risk that your cohort may be required to defer until it is safe to return to the classroom. If this happens, our College will continue to run our online modules but will have to wait until the authorities allow us to run a classroom environment. We will extend your enrolment without cost until you are allowed to continue with your classroom and/or clinical training.

We will regularly issue updates with information and guidance as our planning progresses.

Stay safe and stay healthy. We look forward to seeing you again soon.