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  • All day

    Date: Monday 11 June 2018

    Venue:   Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital

    Under exam conditions, trainees will complete at least a full Clinical & Science VIVA by using recent exam questions supplied by post FRCA trainees.

    Clinical long case

    Clinical short cases

    Science vivas – anatomy, pharmacology, physics and physiology.

    There is an expectation is that after success at the Final FRCA, trainees return as Examiners at least twice by way of payback.

    Course Directors:

    Dr Linda Waddilove, Consultant Anaesthetist, Freeman Hospital

    Dr Stephen Robb, Consultant Anaesthetist, Sunderland Royal Hospital

    For further information, please email:  Barbara Sladdin

  • All day

    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 – Monday 25 June 2018

    Further Information:


Do you want to get involved with Regional Primary Teaching?  

Here are a few opportunities:

Primary Revision course – Basic Science lecturers

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


Primary VIVA practice sessions – Examiners

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


Primary FRCA VIVA Practice Day – Examiners


This viva practice day offers trainees about to sit the Primary FRCA viva with exam practice in a similar format to the real exam.  We invite trainees that have recently passed the Primary FRCA to give timed vivas similar to what they encountered in their exam.   We usually get through three full vivas during the course of the day, giving candidates invaluable practice just before their exam.


The success of this day relies on trainees volunteering to examine on it.  The viva day is regarded as regional teaching for appraisal purposes and all examiners will receive a certificate for their portfolio and a copy of the feedback from the day, which is usually excellent.   If you are interested in examining, please contact fionapearson8@gmail.com


Primary OSCE Evening – Examiners

Primary OSCE preparation evening held three times per year to coincide with each of the Primary OSCE sittings. 12-15 stations to include the stations as allocated by the RCOA, each is based on previous exams and candidate feedback, manned, unmanned and resuscitation stations are covered.  Examiners are all post primary and include senior trainees and consultants, mark sheets and feedback are given at the end of each station.   Feedback from past candidates has always been positive, and trainees find the session realistic and helpful in preparing for the OSCE portion of the Primary exam.

ifyou would like to be involved please email:   Barbara.Sladdin@nuth.nhs.uk