Final exam preparation course (NZ)

This two and a half day course is focussed on the medical and anaesthetic viva components of the final examination.

The course is held twice a year, approximately six weeks prior to the written and medical viva sections of each exam. Due to a limited capacity of 24, places are available only to candidates who have registered for the upcoming sitting of the exam. Places are allocated in the order applications are received.  

The course runs over two and a half days, beginning at 8 AM on Friday. The first day of the course will consist of lectures, small group tutorials and SAQ practice. Invited specialists give lectures with interactive investigation interpretation relevant to the medical and anaesthetic vivas. 

The Saturday and Sunday will consist of practice anaesthetic vivas under examination conditions, including formal attire. Each candidate will experience four anaesthetic vivas and a separate anaesthetic viva which will be videoed and individually debriefed. When not participating in a viva session, candidates will have access to data interpretation stations. The contents of these stations have been selected by anaesthetists to be relevant to various components of the examination.

The course will finish at approximately 1 PM on Sunday.

Course convenors will be available throughout the course to give informal advice and support. The tutors recognise that the course is often a starting point and that candidates may have limited experience with anaesthetic vivas. We have chosen to continue to offer an anaesthetic viva session as we think the ‘exam conditions’ are difficult to replicate and a valuable experience for candidates.

Traditionally we have received very positive feedback and our candidates achieve a good pass rate at the final examination.

Given the degree of unpredictability and uncertainty around the current global Covid-19 pandemic, the timing and format of the course may need to change at short notice. We will ensure that any changes are updated on the ANZCA website and communicated via email to those registered to attend.

We look forward to seeing you in Wellington.

Dr James McAlpine
Specialist Anaesthetist

Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management
Wellington Hospital
Riddiford St
New Zealand
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  • Date

    12 February - 14 February

  • Time

    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Location

    Wellington Hospital, Wellington

Last updated 10:36 18.11.2020