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Final examination requirements

The final examination is the final test of competence for approved trainees who have met eligibility requirements. You must successfully complete the final examination as part of the requirements for advanced training.


The purpose of the exam is to determine whether you can integrate a variety of knowledge and skills to address realistic anaesthetic problems.

 

The examination consists of:

  • A 150-minute multiple-choice question paper (worth 20 per cent).
  • A 150-minute short answer question paper (worth 20 per cent).
  • 10 vivas - two medical and eight anaesthetic (worth 12 and 48 per cent respectively).

The curriculum guides the range of content that may be assessed. As this is the final examination, your responses should demonstrate a consistent level of prioritisation, judgement, integration and decision making.

Further information on the final examination can be found in regulations 14 ,15 and 37


Eligibility

2004 training curriculum


In order to sit the final examination, trainees must have:

  • Completed basic training and at least one year of advanced training.
    • NOTE: Basic training requires the completion of modules 1, 3 and at least one of modules 4 through 10.
  • Completed 24 months of clinical training in clinical anaesthesia.
  • Passed the primary examination or have been granted exemption.
  • Paid all outstanding training fees and the final examination application fee (paid in full).
  • Completed Final Examination Application Form. The completed application must be received by the College at least eight weeks before the written section of the examination.

Please check your trainee profile and outstanding documentation reports prior to submitting your application to ensure that you meet all eligibility requirements.

 

2013 training curriculum

 

In order to sit the final examination, trainees must have:

  • Completed introductory training and basic training.
  • 26 weeks full-time equivalent of approved vocational training in advanced training.
  • At least 88 weeks full-time equivalent clinical anaesthesia time as part of approved
    vocational training.
  • Trainees should be in approved vocational training at the time of the examination, however
    trainees in interrupted training who have been in approved vocational training within 52
    weeks of the start of the written examination are also eligible to sit. A trainee who has been
    in interrupted training for over 52 weeks is not eligible to sit the examination.
  • Paid all outstanding training fees and the final examination application fee (paid in full).
  • Completed Final Examination Application Form.  The completed application must be received by the College at least eight weeks before the written section of the examination.


Format

The examination consists of four sections: a written section consisting of a multiple-choice question paper (MCQ) and a short-answer question paper (SAQ), medical vivas and anaesthesia vivas.

 

Section Format Duration
% total marks
1. Multiple-choice questions (MCQ)
  • 150 questions
  • Each question has a stem followed by five options
  • No marks deducted for incorrect answers
150 minutes
20
2. Short-answer questions
  • 15 questions
  • A short written response is required for each question
150
20
3. Medical clinicals
  • Two medical vivas
18 minutes each
12
4. Anaesthesia vivas
  • Eight anaesthesia vivas
  • An introductory case scenario is often used to start the viva
  • Examiners assess candidates' ability to "synthesise" their factual knowledge.
15 minutes each
48

One hundred (100) marks are allocated for the whole examination: 20 for the MCQ, 20 for the SAQ, 12 for the medical vivas and 48 for the anaesthesia vivas.

 

As mentioned in the exam report and confirming for the upcoming final examination written section, the SAQ paper will be held in the morning and the MCQ in the afternoon.  

 

Candidates must achieve a mark of at least 50 per cent, pass the anaesthesia viva section and at least one other section of the examination. It follows that candidates who have failed the MCQ, SAQ and medical viva section will have failed the exam.

 

From the start of 2014, criteria for progression to the anaesthetic vivas in the final examination is changed such that a candidate must have a mark of at least 40% in the combined written section and a pass in at least one section of MCQ, SAQ and medical clinical to be eligible to attend the anaesthesia viva section of the exam.

 

All candidates will be notified as soon as possible after the written and medical clinical sections (approximately three weeks prior to the anaesthesia vivas) of their eligibility to attend the anaesthesia viva section.

 

Every effort is made to mark written papers and to notify candidates to whether or not they will proceed to viva in a timely manner.


Requirements

To pass the examination, candidates must achieve:

  • A mark of at least 50 per cent.
  • Pass the anaesthesia viva section.
  • Pass at least one other section of the examination.

Candidates who fail the multiple choice question, short answer question and medical viva section will have failed the exam.


Examination reports

Examination reports are prepared to help candidates and their supervisors prepare for their examinations. These reports are not intended to represent model answers nor imply that all points mentioned are necessary in order to achieve a pass. Supervisors are encouraged to discuss recent reports in detail with candidates they are preparing for future examinations.


(Download PDFs of exam reports here)


Preparation courses

Each year some ANZCA offices offer courses to assist trainees preparing for the final examination. Priority is given to applicants who have registered to sit the examination. Applicants must be registered with the College as a trainee. Information regarding course dates, course descriptions and enrolment forms are available from the regional ANZCA websites.

 

To prepare for the ANZCA final examination, login to Networks to access the ANZCA final examination resource. This resource offers a series of videos providing insights into the exam process and what happens on the day. It includes examples of mock vivas to demonstrate ways to optimise your performance and also an examiner’s perspective on the exam.

 

 

This resource is available in Networks under Anaesthesia learning, in the Curriculum teaching and learning support network. The resources in the network are tailored to each training period and the final examination resource can be found under Advanced training. Login now to Networks to access these resources now.

 

Useful information

  • Conditions of entry to the exam: No Mobile phones, IPADS, tablets, computers or calculators etc. No audible alarms.
  • Water is provided and available at all times during the exam. No food is provided. Ample paper is provided at each exam station for discussion.
  • At times in the medical and anaesthesia vivas candidates are requested to have a 'bye'. At these times candidates sit quietly in a separate area for the duration of one viva before resuming the exam. Candidates will be directed appropriately by exam personnel.

 

VIVA booths


Above: An example room layout for the final exam vivas.

 

 

For further information about the final examination, please contact the examinations officer on +61 3 9510 6299 or email finalexam@anzca.edu.au.

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