NZ final exam viva course

Registrations open Monday, 27 May 2024 at 8am NZT. Please DO NOT send in your application before this date. Registrations close Friday, 31 May 2024 at 5pm NZT.

This three day course is focussed on the medical and anaesthetic viva components of the ANZCA final examination.

Course structure

The course is held at Wellington Regional Hospital and runs over three days, beginning on Wednesday, 3 July and finishing at 5.30pm Friday, 5 July. The first day consists 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, requiring formal attire. Each candidate will experience practice medical vivas, anaesthetic vivas and a separate anaesthetic viva which will be videoed and individually debriefed with a clinical psychologist. 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. 

Cost and registration

Applications will be accepted from Monday, 27 May 2024 at 8am NZT for the July 2024 course only. Due to 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 before the closing date).

Please complete the registration form and return by email from Monday, 27 May 2024 at 8am NZT to Friday, 31 May 2024 at 5pm NZT. Late applications may not be considered for the course. 

  • Registration fee: NZ$1,800 (includes catering)

Contact us

For further information, please email.

  • Date

    3 July - 5 July

  • Time


  • Location

    Wellington Hospital NZ

Last updated 10:19 23.02.2024