COVID-19 - FAQs on anaesthesia exams

The college is committed to conducting high-quality COVID-19 Safe exams in 2022. We are also committed to balancing this with the welfare and wellbeing of trainees, examiners and college staff. We will continue to keep you informed as early as possible of plans should they change and appreciate your understanding that COVID-19 creates a dynamic environment that cannot always be predicted.

Please consult your supervisor should you feel your exam preparation is significantly compromised. The college provides a range of welfare and wellbeing resources on the ANZCA website and a confidential counselling service for you and your immediate family.

Dates and locations for the primary and final exam are listed on the anaesthesia exams page

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions in relation to our exams recognising that further changes may be required should the COVID-19 pandemic create circumstances beyond our control.

General questions

What are the COVID-19 requirements at the time of registration to sit the written exam?

In addition to a photo ID, you may be temperature checked and will need to fill out and sign a statutory declaration/ Covid-19 free declaration form that indicates you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, are not required to be in isolation and are meet the guidelines of the region in which you are attending the exam. In addition you will need to take a Rapid Antigen Test within 24hrs of start time of the exam. This time frame allows you to get a PCR test done, should you get a positive result on your RAT..

Is it a requirement to wear a mask at the written exam?

ANZCA is following the restrictions and guidelines of each jurisdiction and will be guided by the mask-wearing requirements at the time of the exam. If masks are required, an N95 mask is the preferred option for candidates. Cloth masks are not permitted in an exam.

Is it a requirement to do a PCR or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for the written exam?

You are required to do a RAT within 24hrs of the start time of the exam. If you receive a positive RAT but are asymptomatic you can do a rapid PCR to confirm the result.
Candidates in their role as medical practitioners, are at the coal face of managing and dealing with Covid-19. Whilst we recognise that you are not required to test for a wide range of activities, bringing a disparate large group of medical practitioners together provides an environment of greatly increased risk for the most vulnerable members of our community from both infection and workforce issues. It is our collective responsibility to act in the best interests of candidates, examiners, staff and the community to provide a practical and safe exam environment

I have recovered from COVID-19 in recent weeks and my RAT is positive?

In the event a candidate has had a positive Covid-19 diagnosis in the fortnight prior to an exam sitting they will be permitted to sit / participate even if they still test positive on RAT or PCR the day prior and have had three or more days without symptoms.

They should sign an attestation / statutory declaration detailing their date of diagnosis and that they are currently symptom free.

What happens if you are unable to attend the exam due to travel, Isolation or health issues?

Should you be unable to attend the exam, please contact the primary or final exam team immediately. If you are Covid-19 positive or a close contact, within your isolation period and your state/region or New Zealand requires you to isolate for a period when the exam is being conducted, your sitting will be postponed or carried over.
If this occurs and inhibits your opportunity to sit the written component, the college will allow for a withdrawal from the exam without penalty, and a full refund of fees. Should isolation or a confirmed COVID-19 positive result prohibit you from undertaking the viva during the designated viva exam, the written score can be carried over to the next sitting of the viva exam for that exam. The carry-over of scores in these circumstances is limited to COVID-19 positive or isolating candidates, and only as a temporary measure during the pandemic.

Does ANZCA plan to conduct face to face viva exams this year?

At this stage we plan to hold face-to-face vivas for all candidates at a single venue in Australia as indicated on the ANZCA website. Should inter-state or trans-Tasman travel not be possible, contingency plans will come into effect to run the exam at additional venues.

Will ANZCA consider using a technology-assisted solution for the viva exams?

Should inter-state or trans-Tasman travel not be possible, exams will be in a hybrid format using a combination of face-to-face exam stations and videoconference stations in those locations where face to face is not possible.

Why is the Final Medical Viva exam held along with the Anaesthetic vivas?

With the medical viva no longer utilising patients in the pandemic, this rescheduling will help ensure all components can go ahead. The final exam medical vivas will be conducted with the anaesthesia vivas on 2-4 June.

Will the medical viva change as it will now be conducted along with the Anaesthetic vivas?

The conduct of the medical viva remains the same as has been done in the past without patients.

*last updated: 25 February 2022

Last updated 15:16 25.02.2022