Exam preparation courses/Regional Teaching
Exam courses have changed in style and frequency over the last few years as a result of trainee request and changes in style of revision and exam preparation. Increasingly, our trainee cohort has request a move away from "chalk and talk" style exam topic coverage, with a focus on personal revision and preparation. More detail about this can be found in the FAQ section.
The East and West localities tend to provide exam preparation courses together, whilst the South locality provides its own exam preparation.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place on courses in West Yorkshire, Hull and York courses.
Contact Andrew Ford (email@example.com) for a place on the Sheffield courses.
You are also required to apply for study leave giving 6 weeks’ notice.
|Event Title||Stage of Training||Contact||Dates/Programme (if available)|
|Primary VYVA Exam Preparation Course (online SOE practice)||Stage firstname.lastname@example.org||6-8 morning sessions in the 3-4 weeks preceding each sitting of the Primary FRCA SOE|
|Final VYVA Exam Preparation Course (online SOE practice)||Stage email@example.com||6-8 morning sessions in the 3-4 weeks preceding each sitting of the Final FRCA SOE|
|Virtual Stage I study day/Virtual Mock Primary OSCE day||Stage 1||booking (further information below)||23 September (study day)/ 14 October 2022 (Mock OSCE)|
|Stage I study day run by LTHT in Nov 2022 (date TBC)||Stage 1||booking|
further information is included in the links below
If you would like to attend any of the following courses, please register to attend via
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (south)
Leeds and Hull hubs have combined resources for Stage 1 Regional Teaching (including Primary FRCA preparation). There are a total of 11 education days each year organised by Bradford, Hull and Leeds.
Sheffield hub trainees are welcome to attend these teaching days. Please email the contacts above to book a place.
You are also required to apply for study leave giving 6 weeks’ notice.
Stage 1 Virtual Teaching:
Virtual Stage 1 Study day organised by Bradford
23 September 2022
Primary Mock OSCE
***now face 2 face at Fieldhouse, Bradford Royal Infirmary***
14 October 2022 (AM)
Stage 1 Study day organised by LTHT
November 2022 (date TBC)
Primary FRCA Preparation Course
running throughout October
scan QR code or click on poster above to access registration link
Primary FRCA Teaching
4/5 October 2022
This is aimed at trainees or MTI planning to sit primary FRCA MCQ or VIVA
South Yorkshire Primary Course
- We advise our trainees to take the primary at one year - after a year you will have mastered the clinical basics enough to talk about them in an exam plus it gives a reasonable number of attempts should you fail the exam
- The course is based mainly on passing the SOE.
- We have moved away from didactic knowledge lectures after discovering that our MCQ pass rates were very high - trainees tended to fail the latter stages due to problems with execution in the exam
- You will be enrolled on the course automatically
- Pass your IAC and get used to being an anaesthetist for six months
- Rotate to your new hospital - start revising at this point
- You will attend the "Introduction to the Exam" session - this will scare you and make you work harder
- You will be attend a series of SOE practice sessions
- After passing the MCQ you will attend more SOE practice sessions
- You will then attend the real SOE/OSCE - you will be battle hardened by all the practice and so your stress levels wil be much lower and you will have a better chance of passing!
The Course is run by Dr James Turnbull and Dr Wei Low
An intensive Primary FRCA exam preparation course – run by a Consultant from the South Yorkshire region of the Health Education England - Yorkshire and the Humber
‘not for profit’ course prior to OSCE/SOE college exam
Further details to follow about future courses.
An intensive Primary FRCA exam preparation course – run by a Consultant from the South Yorkshire region of the Health Education England - Yorkshire and the Humber – ‘not for profit’ course prior to OSCE/SOE college exam
Final FRCA School wide Exam orientated Teaching (Primarily for East/West Trainees)
Places are limited so booking is essential. Please register via firstname.lastname@example.org
Final FRCA teaching is combined for the Leeds and Hull hubs, and largely provided by the Hull Hub. We aim to run exam courses before each sitting of the Final FRCA. South trainees are welcome to attend to, but will need to book as above.
The lead organisers for these teachings are:
1. Dr Rajesh Kasipandian for the Final FRCA preparation course at Hull (aimed at the March sitting of the Final FRCA written exam)
2. Dr Katie Ayyash and Dr James Knock for the Final FRCA preparation Course at York (aimed at the September sitting of the Final FRCA written Exam)
3. Dr Sarah Price for the Final FRCA SOE course at Hull (held twice a year aimed at the June and December sittings of the Final FRCA SOE exam)
4. Dr Patrick Knowles runs a course that is delivered over 12 weeks prior to each sitting of the Final FRCA. Places are limited to 10.
5. Dr Martyna Berwertz runs a course at Sheffield (held twice a year aimed at the June and December sittings of the Final FRCA SOE exam)
Final FRCA Course (South Yorkshire)
FRCA Final Course
Traditionally East and West have always combined forces for their final FRCA teaching with South Yorkshire having a separate programme.
The South Yorkshire course combines small group teaching and SOE practice along with regular written paper practice and analysis.
The pass rate for candidates on the course runs at over 80% for the written section.
Dr Paddy Knowles
Post Fellowship Teaching
The Post fellowship teaching days are aimed at preparing for the consultant role through the development management and leadership skills, gaining an insight into the strategic direction of the NHS and updates on clinical topics of interest.
Senior trainees in each of the three hubs usually take ownership for running the post fellowship programmes in their hubs while welcoming colleagues from other hubs to attend.
The School also funds a ‘Yorkshire Anaesthetic Trainee Conference’ (YATC) which is organised by a post fellowship registrar. This venue for this conference rotates between the three hubs and offers networking opportunities while providing a forum for presentation of trainee research and QI projects. Registration for the YATC is free and a presentation made at the YATC will be counted as regional presentation. You are encouraged to use one of your study leave days to attend the YATC.
The Tufty Club facilitates a once every-other-month full day of teaching for post-FRCA trainees and ICM trainees. A different trainee, or pair of trainees volunteers, take responsibility for each day, with the opportunity to plan their own programme and book their own speakers. The morning session is usually clinical, and the afternoon non-clinical session often features topics relating to the transition to consultant practice. We are pleased to announce that we are returning to face-to-face sessions at the seminar room in the LGI Anaesthetic Department, however we will try and facilitate a video link for trainees in the South and East of the region if they are unable to travel.
Seminar Room LGI Anaesthetics Department
Friday, 14 October 2022
Friday, 16 December 22
Please complete the survey linked below if you wish to attend: