NZ final exam viva course

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

Course structure

The course runs over three days, beginning on a Wednesday this year. 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, 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. 

Cost and registration

Applications are now open. 

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 within the first two days of registrations opening).

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

Please complete the registration form and return by email on or after Tuesday, 7 June 2022. 

  • Registration fee: NZ$1,500, includes catering.


Addendum 16/06/2022

From 21 June 2022, the New Zealand government has announced that pre-departure COVID-19 travel tests will no longer be required. This has removed a potential barrier for Australian candidates to attend. Therefore, we would like to open up applications to Australian candidates. It is the responsibility of each applicant to do their own due diligence before flying to New Zealand, and the course takes no responsibility if a candidate is suddenly unable to attend due to reasons outside the control of the course convening committee. 


Contact us

For further information, please email.

  • Date

    3 August - 5 August

  • Time

    8am-5pm

  • Location

    Wellington Hospital, NZ

Last updated 13:05 16.06.2022