Final exam preparation course (NZ)

Registrations will open Wednesday 26 May at 8am NZT. Please do not submit registrations prior to this date.

This three-day course is focussed on the medical and anaesthetic viva components of the final examination. The course is held twice a year, approximately one to two months 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. If the course is oversubscribed, places will be allocated using a balloting process (providing candidates have registered within the first two days of registrations opening).

Given the uncertainty re the trans-tasman travel bubble and the potential for last minute travel disruptions, priority will be given to NZ applicants.

The course runs over three days, beginning on a Thursday this year. The first day consist of lectures and a practice SAQ session. Invited specialists give lectures relevant to the medical vivas, covering the major organ systems.
The following two days consist of practice vivas under examination conditions, including formal attire. Each candidate will experience practice medical vivas, 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 the medical component of the examination.
Course convenors will be available throughout the course to give informal advice and support. The tutors recognise that, particularly with regard to the anaesthetic vivas, the course is often a starting point and that candidates may have limited experience with these.  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.

We look forward to seeing you in Wellington.

Dr Charlotte Smith

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

    29 July - 31 July

  • Time

    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Location

    Wellington Hospital, Wellington

Last updated 10:59 13.05.2021