Become a primary examiner

29 June 2023

Do you have what it takes to be a primary examiner?

Being an ANZCA examiner is an extremely rewarding way for fellows to make a substantial contribution to your profession; your college; and to maintaining the high standards that make anaesthesia so safe in Australia and New Zealand.

2023 Court of ANZCA Primary Examiners

We're currently looking for consultants who are interested in becoming primary examiners in 2024 and beyond, so we talked to Dr David Fahey AM FANZCA MHPEd, Chair of the Primary Examination Sub-Committee, about what it takes and how to get involved.

"Other than being a FANZCA for at least three years, the main criteria is to be passionate about the applied sciences which underpin the art of anaesthesia. You don't need to be an expert on the whole syllabus, but familiarity with the major areas by way of regular teaching, is a good starting point. Ideally, you'll also have been involved with helping prepare registrars for the primary exam, through giving tutorials, teaching on exam prep courses, or giving practise vivas. 

"You also need to be an excellent communicator. As we know from our own time as a trainee, all candidates are nervous to some extent during a viva. A good examiner is someone who can create an environment in which candidates can demonstrate their knowledge. Maintaining the fairness and integrity of the exam, and managing their own potential conflicts of interest, are also essential requirements for examiners.

"Understandably, there are some time commitments and travel requirements. However, these are planned well in advance and all costs are covered by the college. Camaraderie among the examiner group is strong, and it really is one of the most rewarding ways to get involved with the work of the college."

Interested in find out more?

Our Becoming a primary examiner page has everything you need to know about eligibility and the application process.

Last updated 16:14 8.09.2023