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    Regional Postfellowship Group Meeting

    Date: 6 March 2018

    Venue:  TBC

    Programme:  to follow

    Departments will expect you to book study leave.

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    It is aimed at  Core Anaesthetic Trainees and working towards the Primary FRCA exam.

    Matched to the Basic Level Curriculum and incorporated Practical Workshops with both Depth of Anaesthesia Monitoring and Infusion Pumps.

    Date:  7 March 2018

    Vuneu:  Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital


    Further details:   Barbara.Sladdin@nuth.nhs.uk

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    Date: 12 March 2018

    Venue: Simulation Centre, Freeman Hospital

    The course is aimed at anaesthetic trainees, Cardiothoracic/Thoracic anaesthetists of all grades or anaesthetists who use one lung anaesthesia occasionally, such as trauma, upper GI, vascular or scoliosis surgery. It is particular complementary for specialist trainees in cardiothoracic anaesthesia modules to achieve competencies.

    There will also be a Storz rep coming along, with a range of scopes for people to get their hands on.
    The course is limited to 12 delegates.

    Further information: Barbara.Sladdin@nuth.nhs.uk

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    No additional detail for this event.

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    Keep up to date locally with essential topics in anaesthesia by attending the AAGBI’s Core Topics meeting. Central to the AAGBI’s educational programme Core Topics meetings are one or two day conferences held at different locations about the UK and Ireland.

    • Covering a broad spectrum of core topics essential to every anaesthetist, including trainees
    • The opportunity to update your knowledge and top up your CPD in a time and cost effective way.
    • Discover what’s new, share ideas and network with peers in these didactic and interactive sessions.
    • Covering FRCA exam subjects, perfect for busy trainee anaesthetists.
    • Come away with up-to-date information and skills.

    Date:  14 March 2018

    Venue:   Newcastle Civic Centre

    Further details:  https://www.aagbi.org/education/events/core-topics

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    A three day mentorship course designed for you to:

    • Develop mentorship skills
    • Meet GMC best practice

    Date:  16 March 2018

    Venue:   Education Centre, James Cook Unversity Hospital

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    MEPA is a national course for Specialty Trainees in Anaesthesia, teaching management strategies for paediatric anaesthetic emergencies. MEPA is recognised by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists.

    A one-day, small group simulation course, offering both practical and theoretical training using simulation. Provision is made for detailed scenario feedback and discussion in a supportive and constructive manner.

    This regional course is held throughout the year, at the Newcastle Hospitals Trust Simulation Centre based at the Freeman Hospital.

    Course date – 19 March 2018

    Further Information:




Trainees will need 6 months solid exam preparation and it is recommended that once trainees have decided on the timing of their exam then they should start revision ASAP by working through the RCoA e-LA section of the Primary FRCA exam and the recommended text books.   http://www.rcoa.ac.uk/e-la

It is the Schools suggestion that trainees appointed in February should attempt the November MCQ giving them 9 months of solid preparation.  If a trainee should be unsuccessful, then they have the opportunity of resitting the MCQ exam in February.      

Trainees appointed in August, should attempt the MCQ in September or November. 

The Primary Revision Course

This is a 3 month weekly course which runs twice in a year – November to February & May to August, and is tailored towards candidates planning either the Spring or Autumn sitting of the Primary FRCA Exam.   The aim of the course is to provide interactive lectures and discussions on topics that may be asked in the Primary Exam. It is useful in exam preparation and should be used to consolidate trainees own reading.    

The course is held in various Anaesthetic Departments around the region and follows a full and varied programme.    The course covers major aspects of the Primary FRCA syllabus, concentrating mainly on the Basic Sciences. The aim of the course is to provide interactive lectures and discussions on topics that may be asked in the Primary Exam.

Topics include:

Physics & Clinical Measurement

Electricity & Monitoring



General Physiology I & II


Pharmacology – Anaesthetic Drugs Study Day

Respiratory Physiology Study Day



Central Nervous System – Anatomy

Central Nervous System – Brain

Trainees will have been expected to have revised each topic before attending the course and  to use the lecturer’s knowledge to answer any questions they may have difficulty with or to clarify areas of their learning.

We ask each lecturer to cover a short number of MCQ/SBA questions during their talk.  This is to reinforce your knowledge and promote interaction between trainees throughout the day.  Trainees must ensure they have a good knowledge of the subject as they may be asked to lead the discussion within the group.  

Throughout the Primary exam, you will need to demonstrate your ability to deliver knowledge in a variety of ways.   Group discussion is a useful way to get you used to talking about topics and explaining them, as you will need this skill in the Structured Oral Examination (SOE).



Further information – Email:   Barbara Sladdin


The course also offers MCQ, OSCE & VIVA practice.

MCQ Examination

You will be invited to attend a Practice MCQ  Day approx. 2-3 weeks before the Royal College of Anaesthetists Primary MCQ examination.    This is an all-day event completing a whole MCQ paper under exam conditions.   Feedback and results will be given at the end of the day.

OSCE Practice

When successful at the MCQ Exam, trainees will be invited to attend  OSCE practice approx. 2 weeks before the Royal College of Anaesthetists Primary OSCE Examination.   

VIVA Preparation Sessions

Trainees will be invited to attend a serious of VIVA preparation sessions over a 4/5 week period before the Royal College of Anaesthetists Primary Viva Examination.