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Anaesthesia Viva Online Review

Dates:Any time beneficial for the student
Web Site:
Description:Using Skype, mock viva exams are administered by Board Certified Anesthesiologists. No need to spend money on flights or hotels, your preparation for this difficult exam is one-on-one from the convenience of your home or office. Practice exam sessions will be scheduled around YOUR schedule.

COST: variable, £150 and up.

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Anaesthesia Written ShOrt answer and Multiple choice Examination (AWSoME) Course

Dates:See website - twice yearly in February and August
Address:Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK
Web Site:
Description:The AWSoME Course objective is to provide robust, reliable, up-to-date guidance for trainees sitting the Final FRCA written examination.

Cost: £220 (2 days)

This is provided via a mix of small group learning, short master classes and practice examinations led by an experienced and credible faculty. Personalised feedback is given on SAQ technique.

Fee includes lunch and refreshments. Venue set in the heart of beautiful Devon countryside

Please contact Samantha Allen via email address above for further information or to book your place.

"The course was great preparation for the exam, covering a wide range of relevant topics. The one to one feedback was especially helpful in refining essay writing skills. I would definitely recommend the course"

Anatomy for Anaesthetists

Dates:London course: Tuesday 8th September 2020
Address:See London and Bristol addresses below
Web Site:
Description:Anatomy for Anaesthetists is a unique one-day course aimed at all anaesthetists but specifically those preparing for the FRCA. The day involves structured stations that cover the basic anatomical sciences relevant to anaesthesia and is taught by enthusiastic and knowledgeable anatomists and anaesthetists. Delegates have the opportunity to get hands on experience with cadaveric prosected specimens as well as detailed models, diagrams and radiological images. Teaching is informal, interactive and restricted to small groups where there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Book early to avoid disappointment!

London address: Anatomy Laboratory UCL, Rockefeller Building, 21 University Street, London, WC1E 6JJ
Bristol address: Vesalius Clinical Training Centre, University of Bristol, Southwell Street, Bristol BS2

Really useful day. Will be recommending to others. Great exam preparation.

Clarified anatomy in a logical and systematic manner. Very interactive.

Model of larynx FANTASTIC.

Excellent – I am actually looking forward to a base of skull question on the exam now!

This day has been enormously helpful in terms of understanding relevant anatomy. I feel a lot more confident about tackling anatomy questions in my exam now. This should really be rolled out into core anaesthesia teaching. Thank you for organising and please feed back to all the demonstrators about how instructive they were and how their enthusiasm was infectious.

it's the best course I have ever been on.

Anglia Ruskin University PREP Course - Final FRCA

Dates:Please see website for details:
Address:Postgraduate Medical Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Rivermead Campus, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
Tel:01245 684150
Web Site:

Intensive exam preparation for the Final FRCA SOEs.

Realistic practice, exactly as in the real exam.

PREP for the Final FRCA is a one day programme which concentrates on the Clinical Long and Short cases and the Clinical Science SOEs. It uses the same winning formula as the very popular PREP for the Primary FRCA.

You will receive a full day of high fidelity simulation of the real Final FRCA vivas, with individual feedback on your presentation, answer structure and overall performance after each viva examination. You will also enjoy highly focused tutorials on the ‘trickier’ bits of the syllabus and how to handle them in the exam.

The course is facilitated by Consultant Anaesthetists from Broomfield, Southend and other Hospitals.

Course Director : Dr Nick Wilson

Register and pay online via the link from our webpage:

Cost: £150. Refreshments and lunch included.

“Good range of topics and lots of time on actual vivas, which is great.”

“The practice vivas were very good and very real time. It simulated exam conditions very well.”

[Best thing about the day] “Viva practice sessions – especially long cases (can be difficult to do elsewhere).”

[Best thing about the day] “Practising in an exam environment in an exam format. Long cases good to go over (difficult to get practise at work).”

[Best thing about the day] “Having a real, living, breathing FRCA examiner!”

“Intimate course with good consultant feedback. VERY REALISTIC.”

“Good tips.”

“Lots of practice.”

“Ideal simulation of College exam.”

Anglia School of Anaesthesia – Final FRCA Revision Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Anaesthetic Department, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Colney Lane, Norwich, NR4 7UY, UK
Tel:+44 (0)1603 287074
Description: An intensive revision course based on small group tutorials also including viva and short answer questions.

Bright Course (Final FRCA One Day Intensive Viva)

Dates:7th June 2017
Address:Jury’s Inn, 101 Stroudley Road, Brighton, BN1 4DJ
Web Site:
  • If you are looking for the best viva preparation possible, look no further. This is it!
  • Real exam setup. 12 stations with 2 consultants and one candidate at each table

  • No observing, only viva.

  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Easily accessible within short walk of the train station and parking is available.

  • Places: 12 only

Book now!

 Darent Valley And Prep: This course is brilliant! Scary, Really tough questions but friendly and supportive faculty. Great venue and great valuable feedback

As good as SCIF, much better than the Cambridge oral exam course. Very productive day. Dedicated faculty

Chelmsford: This course was more intense! More volume of viva which is better as Chelmsford focused on presentation skills

Bristol Final FRCA Crammer

Dates:15 - 19 July 2019
Address:Department of Anaesthesia, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, BS2 8HW
Tel:+44 (0)117 3422163
Web Site:

This five day course includes sessions on examination technique, applied basic science, ITU, pain management, hot topics and practical subjects. 

Daily mock examinations and individual performance analysis. 

Conducted by national and local experts at Engineers’ House, Clifton Down, Bristol 

Fully update to reflect the changes in the 2019 exam structure

Registration includes:

  • Lectures targeting the key sections of the FRCA syllabus
  • Extensive hand out folder and access to our online resources
  • Tutorials on exam technique
  • Daily exam practice with personalised feedback on your performance
  • Digital copies of all our lecture slides and access to extensive online resources. Access to video and audio recordings of all our lectures
  • Great lunches, unlimited refreshments and a mid course “curry night”
  • Free daily parking at conference venue

Early Bird Offer: Pay by instalments if you apply before the 1st April 2019

Course Directors: 
Dr Kaj Kamanalathan FRCA, Dr Alistair Johnstone FRCA

'A bagillion thanks again for such an awesome course. Finding the notes exceptionally helpful'

'One of the most motivating and well run courses I have ever been on!'

'Amazing/phenomenal course. Superbly organised. Excellent handout folder.'

'Would highly recommend this course.'

'Well run. Exam directed lectures. Good technique tips and practice.'

'Excellent course. Well run. Recommend it to others, Vast knowledge'

'Passed first time...! Your course was very helpful and we used your folder to the very last moment... Thank you
very much again, we have already advertised it to other friends and colleagues'

Bristol Intensive Final (BIF) Course

Dates:See course website for details
Address:Engineers' House, Clifton, Bristol -
Web Site:
Description:The BIF Course is the sister course to the Southampton based SCIF course. It is an intensive 2 day course focusing on oral examination technique for the science and clinical vivas. It is only suitable for those in the final few weeks of preparation for the final FRCA structured oral examination.

On the first day we provide viva practice in small groups covering many aspects of basic science and clinical cases and then the second 'Exam Day' consists of 6 full clinical vivas and 5 full basic science vivas for each candidate, conducted under exam conditions. Only 12 places are available.

"A huge thank you for a fantastic course, the best I have ever been on. The faculty were fantastic - knowledgable and very encouraging - makes me want to train in Bristol!"

"It was an exceptionally great course."

"I thought the organisation was extraordinary"

"I want to thank you again for running such a great course in Bristol - it really made a huge difference to me and somehow just made the exam seem attainable after doubting myself for a while."

Cambridge Structured Oral Examination Day for Final FRCA

Dates:10 June 2019; 11 November 2019
Address:The Hexagon, The Frank Lee Centre, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ, UK
Tel:01223 216376 or 01223 254993
Fax:01223 217237
Cost:£200.00 or
Web Site:

Consultant-led, intensive VIVA preparation course giving trainees extensive VIVA practice for the exam.

The aim of the day is to provide candidates with at least 8 hours VIVA practice to give the required preparation and confidence to pass the exams.

The director of this course is Dr Rakesh Tandon, editor of the book ‘Structured Oral Examination Practice For The Final FRCA’

Direct link for June 2019 exam:
Direct link for November 2019 exam:

I recently attended the Cambridge Final FRCA Viva day and it was one of the best days I have attended so far in preparation for the exam. The whole affair was very professionally conducted and to the time and at the same time sounded quite realistic from exam perspectives.The feedback was very good with lots of personalised comments and ways to improve results. Also the presence of a couple of examiners really helped.There was ample viva practice.Overall it was a course, which I would recommend to anyone planning to take the Final exam. A good course to attend between the written and the vivas. Very well organised with lots of practice with both consultants and postfellowship registrars. Excellent case scenarios with X Rays and ECG. 

This was an excellent course. I would recommend it to everyone. It was organised properly. They simulated exam conditions very well. The consultants and senior registrars were well read and they gave lots of suggestions and feedback at end of each viva, which I found very useful. The rapid fire round was unique and very helpful. (they covered 12 topics in 1 hour each five minutes). Two of the topics came up in my clinical sciences viva and hence I was able to answer these topics well. I would like to  thank the organisers personally for helping me to sail through the exam. Good luck to everyone.

FRCA Final Intensive Revision Course

Dates:12-21 June 2019
Address:Anaesthetic Department, Southampton University Hospitals Trust, Southampton, UK
Description:Course includes:

  • Formal lectures and interactive tutorials cover key areas of the syllabus 
  • Practice sessions for MCQs, SAQs and SBA’s 
  • Extensive individual feedback on improving examination technique
This is a well-established and extremely popular course with a very high pass rate amongst delegates.

For further information and booking details: (Course Administrator)

Cost: Revision course: £550

“Excellent course with high quality lecturers”

“Extremely well structured”

“Very useful and great faculty. Leagues ahead of other local opportunities"

Darent Final FRCA viva course

Dates:16 & 17 November 2016; 24th & 25th May 2017
Address:St Johns Ambulance Centre, Rochehall Way, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, SS4 1LB; Other dates: Phillip Farrant Education Centre, Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, Kent, DA2 8DA
Tel:07717 442264
Description:A two-day intensive final FRCA viva preparation course with detailed appraisal of performance.

Day 1 – includes short lectures on the techniques of answering, how to say ‘you don’t know’ and a session on rapid-fire questions followed by two full viva cycles.

Day 2 – a well-organised day of viva practice rounds with detailed and structured individual feedback by experienced faculty.
Our ECG and Anatomy sessions have received excellent feedback from previous candidates.

Course restricted to 14 candidates to provide a more realistic and intense exam simulation.

Dr Bobby Krishnachetty
Consultant Anaesthetist and Course Organiser

Tel: 07717 442264

Cost includes hot lunch and refreshments.


  • Realistic to actual exam - good opportunity to practice technique 
  • Gets you ready for the day!
  • Excellent value for money
  • Good selection of questions - some much more complex than others - But this is realistic!!
  • Lots of areas of syllabus covered in 2 days - rapid fire, X rays etc.
  • Good timing of the course - still time to improve answers
  • X rays and graphs - excellent  Attentive, enthusiastic examiners
  • Good to have senior anaesthetists to examine! 
  • Lots of viva practice! Helpful constructive feedback on content and presentation
  • Very helpful to have exact same format as exam with same timings and 2 examiners per table
  • Very helpful with layout and timing of questions

Devon Anaesthesia Finals Training (DAFT)

Dates:Contact conference organiser
Address:Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK
Tel:01752 439205
Email:See website
Description:This is a 2 day viva practice course for registrars about to sit the Final FRCA vivas. There will be basic science and clinical viva practice and formal vivas in the same format as the Final examination. There will also be short masterclasses on targeted subjects, potential pitfalls and viva technique.

There will be a large consultant faculty acting as 'examiners'. The aim is to help our candidates become more comfortable in a viva setting and so pass first time!

Course dates in June and December

For further information and to book a place, please see

Really really good, did other much more well known courses and this blew them away. Really intense viva practice, spaced with a few really useful little sessions, super friendly helpful faculty. Kind of wish I was a deveon trainee! Totally reccomended. Is probably what made the difference - I passed!

A fantastically well organised 2 day course with consultant lead vivas, several whole exams (long cases and vivas) and useful tutorials. Tiring but great practice. Made me feel more comfortable in verbalising my answers before the big day.

Very well run and friendly Course faculty. Excellent vivas exactly like the exam (Consultant & SR led), harder than the real day, immediate feedback and advice. Exam day in suits and smarts was a nice touch. Perfectly timed in the final week prior to exams, allowing a burst of intense practice when likely to be flagging and most of the hard work is done. Good lectures esp on 'Key Papers'. Great course which covers masses without even noticing it. A 'must attend course' before the vivas, a great help in passing the FRCA. The after course beers (on the faculty) help too.

I thoroughly enjoyed the DAFT course. It was really well done and gave me the practice and confidence I was lacking.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for everybody's efforts with the DAFT course. It was the best course I have been on for a revision point of view by miles.
Thanks for all your help on the DAFT course, it really helped.

Frenchay Final FRCA Crammer Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Department of Anaesthetics, Frenchay Hospital, Frenchay, Bristol BS16 1LE, UK
Tel:0117 340 2640

The course runs for 4.5 days and includes practice of MCQ and SAQ papers plus topical lectures from top local and national speakers. Cost includes lunch and two evening meals.

Well structured and on the whole the lectures were good and relevant. Exam practice was excellent. Two course meals - good value for the money.

I attended the Frenchay Final FRCA Course for the April Exam 2008.It was a really well organized course,covers a lot of areas and the best thing was that even after the course had finished the Course organizer J Nickells remains in touch and helps out with any queries or Exam related problems via a crammer news group through e mail.Overall I would definitely recommend this course to all taking the Finals

King’s Health Partners Final FRCA Examination Revision Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Anaesthetic Department, St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH
Tel:020 7188 0653

4 day intensive Final FRCA Revision Course held on the following days:

8 May 2013
15 May 2013
22 May 2013
29 May 2013

Day release (Wednesdays):

6 November 2013
13 November 2013
20 November 2013
27 November 2013

Morning – Core topic lectures
Afternoon – SOE (Viva) Practice

Places are limited (15 candidates)

Details and application packs from: FRCA Course Administrator, Anaesthetic Department, St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH. Telephone 020 7188 0653

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Leeds Crammer Final FRCA SAQ Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:The Rose Bowl, Leeds Metropolitan University
Web Site:

Intensive 3-day SAQ/MCQ course

  • Sessions include full 3-hour SAQ papers under exam conditions, with question marking and structured feedback
  • Further shorter SAQ papers in the afternoon sessions
  • MCQ and single best answer question sessions now added to the course
  • All areas of Final FRCA syllabus covered
  • Exam technique covered with question templates and examples of 'perfect' answers given.
  • Fantastic commercial location, including free WiFi (“New Venue of the Year 2010”)
  • Fantastic value for money.
  • Places limited to allow small group teaching
Cost: £250, including lunch and refreshments each day

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“Excellent course in a great location”

“Fabulous. Thank you very much!”

“Good use of time to get through more questions”

“Very useful having questions marked”

“Great venue and catering”

Leeds Crammer Final FRCA Viva Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:The Rose Bowl, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
Web Site:
Description:Intensive 1 day Final FRCA Viva course

  • Whole day viva course under replica exam conditions
  • Long case, short cases and basic science vivas
  • Structured individual feedback
  • One on One examining
  • Fantastic commercial venue, including free WiFi
  • Places limited
  • Follow us on Twitter @leedscrammer for updates and details about the course
Cost: £120, including lunch and refreshments

“Excellent course. Very useful!”

“Great course, excellent organisation”

“Great examiner to candidate ratio – simulated the exam really well”

Leicester Structured Oral Exam Course (SOE) for the Final FRCA

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, LE3 9QP, UK
Tel:0116 258 4917

This is a 3 day course with exam condition VIVA practice and tutorials.

The tutorials are one to one and will include difficult science topics from anatomy, physics, physiology and pharmacology. The tutorials on day 3 are based on data interpretation and are conducted by consultant radiologists for imaging, consultant intensivists for ECG and PFTs. There is also an update on recent advances.

The VIVA sessions mirror the exam in both content and marking scheme. Each of the candidates will have taken part in 2 full clinical VIVAs, 2 full Clinical Science VIVAs and heard 2 full Clinical VIVAs and 2 Clinical Science VIVAs. There is enough time allocated for individual feedback.

The course is scheduled well in advance of the exam, so that there is time to tackle any knowledge gaps, if there are any!!

Very well organised. Appreciate the effort and work put in by all the teachers. Good venue. Good thing the course is well before the exam. I can actually have some time to correct myself really well pitched. Excellent content. So helpful. Brilliantly organised. Examiners very friendly so not too stressful 

Fantastic for money and extremely useful. Thank you for your help and time 

Excellent mix of teaching and practice. Definitely feel more prepared for the exam. Good choice of cases, many topics covered. Tutorials were very, very useful 

Neuroanatomy - CT / and spinal nerves etc - fantastic. PFT - very useful. Audits and guidelines - very, very useful and time saving. Thank you - excellent course and friendly faculty 

Excellent experience of VIVA scenarios with comprehensive, constructive feedback. Very useful tutorial stations. Enthusiastic and very helpful faculty. Great range and amount of food provided for lunch and breaks. Overall an excellent, very useful course that I would highly recommend. Thank you 

Really helpful, thank you. Everyone was really friendly and approachable. The tutorials were very focused on likely exam topics and going over basic principles. The anatomy lecture was excellent. Osmosis/diffusion was very good.

Northern Ireland School of Anaesthetics Final Revision Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:NIMDTA, Beechill House, 42 Beechill Road, Belfast B18 7RL, UK
Tel:(028) 9040 0026
Fax:(028) 9079 8312
Description:This course is aimed at SpRs planning to sit the Final Examination with the relevant knowledge for the final exam. SpRs employed within the NI School of Anaesthesia are expected to attend this course.

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Northwick Park Final FRCA Viva Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow, Middx HA1 3UJ
Tel:020 8869 2254/2251
Web Site:
Description:Consultant led course with intense VIVA preparation, including exam technique 

Feedback from June 2017:

  • 100% marked the course excellent/good overall
  • 100% felt the course far outweighed/fully met their expectations
  • 100% felt the quality of teaching was excellent/good

Contact Course Admin Service (see above) for application details

    Excellent day, lots of practice, which was needed. Having two consultants was good. x2
    • Thank you x3
    • Excellent course x4
    • Great Day
    • Very useful; good and bad viva experiences, so it really helped to develop a quick revival method
    • Thank you to all the examiners who have given up time to do this.
    • Very useful practice and it highlighted a few areas of cramming needed.
    • Very realistic, grateful to the examiners for taking the time to viva so realistically
    • Good organisation, appropriate mix of viva and observation
    • Very thorough and useful
    • Don’t change the food!!
    • Excellent organisation
    • Keep up the good work
    • Very realistic
    • Very well run, great to cover so many questions, good feedback from examiners

Online SAQ Writers Club

Dates:Contact course organiser
Web Site:
Description:The course is set 8-9 weeks before your written exam and consists of three disciplines; Writing questions, sitting papers under exam conditions, and marking questions. Our course is conducted electronically, with no reliance on mail. Two things Gas Course excel at are friendly support and individual attention.

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Oxford Final FRCA Course

Dates:See website
Address:Lady Margaret Hall Norham Gardens Oxford OX2 6QA
Web Site:

An intensive two-day Final FRCA Viva Revision Course, delivered virtually, designed to prepare you for the final FRCA viva. To ensure structured and focused support for candidates, we have a maximum of 12 places available only

Day 1: small group (3-4 candidates) viva practice covering basic science and some clinical applications.

Day 2: RCoA style SOEs - full clinical and science vivas for each candidate under exam conditions, with individualised feedback from faculty at the end of each viva.

“Excellent course! I think the organisation was really impressive it ran seamlessly...”

“One of the best courses I’ve been on. Knowledgeable, supportive faculty who give excellent constructive feedback. The formal vivas on day 2 are invaluable preparation for the SOE.”

“…It is incredible the amount of information you have been able to cover in such a short time while keeping us all engaged all day. I really think this is the most useful course I have EVER been on…”

Perth Royal Infirmary Final FRCA Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow City, G4 0SF and Perth Royal Infirmary, Perth, PH1 1NX (see below)
Tel:(0)141-211 4928
Fax:(0)141 211 1191
Web Site:

Thinking about sitting the exam in October 2012?

Start preparing now… by registering for this 3-part course.

September Cardiovascular, Cardiovascular ICU, Renal & Hepatic and Paediatrics & Exam Practice
January Respiratory, ICU, Obstetrics, Endocrine Disease & Practice Viva’s
March Neuroanaesthesia, Neuro ICU, Pain, Locomotor System etc, Anaesthetic Challenges & Exam Practice

(Places are limited to 20 participants)

Each part costs £225.00

Application Forms are available from your College Tutor or Ms Nicholson.

For further information please contact:

Ms Rhona Nicholson
Academic Unit of Anaesthesia,
Pain & Critical Care Medicine
Level 4, Walton Building
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
84 Castle Street
Glasgow G4 OSF

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Structured Oral Exam Course (SOE)

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Clinical Education Centre, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester
Tel:0116 2502305
Description:• 2 day course
• One to one tutorials in clinical sciences to include anatomy, physics, physiology & pharmacology
• Full SOE exams to mirror the exam for each candidate
• Places limited to 20

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South Coast Intensive Finals (SCIF) Course

Dates:See SCIF website timetable
Address:New Place Management Center, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, SO32 2JH, UK
Web Site:

This is an intensive 2 day viva and revision course focusing on science and clinical subjects as well as viva technique. The 'Exam Day' consists of 6 clinical long cases, 12 clinical short cases and 5 full basic science vivas. Only 12 places are available.

The SCIF Course now has a sister course, the BIF Course, which has been running in Bristol since November 2009 and uses identical material and questions. Candidates can apply for either course via


I thought it was excellent, very well run

Fantastic Course

The course was absolutely brilliant

Enormous amount of material covered

Examiners really good

Overall fantastic

University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire, Final FRCA MCQ/SAQ course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Clinical Sciences Building, Walsgrave Hospital, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry CV2 2DX, UK
Web Site:
Description:This is a three-day course of intensive MCQ and SAQ practice for candidates sitting the Final FRCA exam. The course will involve intensive MCQ practice in surgery, medicine, clinical measurement, critical care medicine and pain management. All MCQs will be analysed and answers will be discussed. This course provides an excellent opportunity to learn the techniques of answering MCQs and writing structured answers for SAQs

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University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry, Final FRCA VIVA course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Clinical Sciences Building, Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry, CV2 2DX
Web Site:
Description:This is a two-day course of intensive viva practice is for candidates sitting the Final FRCA exam. The format of the course similar to that of Royal College of Anaesthetists exam at London. Structured vivas on long clinical cases, short cases, critical care, pain management and applied basic sciences.

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