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PREPARING FOR THE ANZCA PART II FELLOWSHIP EXAM

USEFUL RESOURCES

Written exam resources

SAQs according to year (updated 2020-2 sitting)
SAQs according to pass-rate (<50%) (updated 2020-1 sitting)
 

Medical viva resources

 

Anaesthesia viva resources

Patient assessment
Telephone call
Remote location
Anaesthetic management
Regional anaesthesia technique
Pain management
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Troubleshooting
Crisis management
Trauma management
Critical incident/debrief
Inadequate resources
New hospital
Professional conflict
Bullying and harassment
Impaired colleague
Notifiable conduct
Trainee with difficulty
Formal complaint
Personal health
Support networks

A GENERAL APPROACH TO PREPARATION 

General comments
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time to match the timeframe you have available (ideally 12 months)
  • Try to match your local tutorial timetable and your rotations where possible
  • Plan ahead for interruptions (breaks, ‘catch-up’ weeks, job applications) and enough time for revision 
  • Practice answering SAQs alongside covering the curriculum content throughout the year
  • When revising a section of the curriculum, start by covering topics/curriculum points that have been previously examined in the SAQs as the priority for each topic – these are heavily repeated areas
  • If you have time remaining out of the time allotted for the section, any remaining curriculum points can be covered
  • Practice answering MCQs throughout the year, but focus on moving them to short-term memory in the last couple of months
  • Anaesthesia viva preparation can be left until after the written with enough time to develop an adequate technique

The one year study plan

The following is a rough guide as to how much time to spend on each theme within the ANZCA curriculum in your preparation, if a roughly 12-month study schedule is planned
 
Break weeks - 2 weeks
'Catch up' weeks - 3 weeks
Airway management - 2 weeks
General anaesthesia/sedation - 1 week
Regional anaesthesia - 3 weeks
Resuscitation/trauma/crisis management - 5 weeks
Pain medicine - 2 weeks
Perioperative medicine - 5 weeks
Intensive care medicine - 1 week
Safety & quality 1 week
Professionalism 2 weeks
Cardiac, interventional cardiology - 1 week
General surgery, urology, gynaecology, endoscopy - 1 week
H&N, ENT, dental, ECT - 1 week
Neurosurgery, neuroradiology - 1 week
Obstetrics - 2 weeks
Ophthalmology - 1 week
Orthopaedics - 1 week
Paediatrics - 2 weeks
Plastics, reconstructive, burns - 1 week
Thoracics - 1 week
Vascular, interventional radiology - 2 weeks
Fellowship applications - 1 week
Written revision, MCQs & medical viva preparation - 6 weeks
WRITTEN EXAM, MEDICAL VIVA
Anaesthesia viva preparation - 6 weeks
ANAESTHESIA VIVA
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