Jellybean Redux; Dual Training, Part 3 of the short series of interviews on the theme of combining intensive care training with another fellowship. Previously we had Di Stephens and Stephen Warrilow. Today we have Anthony Tzannes who had recently completed his two fellowships with ACEM and CICM.
It is a Jellybean Flashback, Redux, Reflux. Over the last few weeks we have talked about ICU training in Australia and New Zealand from different perspectives. We had Di Stephens talk about dual certified training and her sense that it may become a thing of the past. We have had Stephen Warrilow talk about the interaction between physician training and ICU. This week we have the charming Anthony Tsannes talking about the FCICM FACEM option.
The way through the training to become an intensivist is, unsurprisingly, intense. You must choose your own path. Be it single, dual or even triple training you have to figure out the right path. It seems to me that most people that carry two tickets end up using only one. Which one may simply be impossible to decide before you get to a certain point in your career.
Getting your head around what you want your later career to look like and feel like is not that easy when you are early in your training. You cannot jump in a Tardis and skip forward a few years and ask. I’ve been enjoying the Mastering Intensive Care Podcasts by Andrew Davies. He has managed to speak to some of the intensivists that I really look up about how the live their life and balance their work. You can find these over on lifeinthefastlane.com and on iTunes. Have a listen. The conversations reveal all sorts of real world/real people insights including how those at the top of the game have learned to live the intense life of mastering intensive care.