Exam preparation courses

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 hyp-tr.tpd.adminsupport@nhs.net to book a place on courses in West Yorkshire, Hull and York courses.

Contact Mr Andrew Ford (andrew.ford3@nhs.net) for a place on the Sheffield courses.

You are also required to apply for study leave giving 6 weeks’ notice.
 

Regional Teaching
Event Title Stage of Training Contact Dates/Programme (if available)
Primary VYVA Exam Preparation Course (online SOE practice) Stage 1 yorkshiredeanery.frcaexam@gmail.com 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 2 yorkshiredeanery.frcaexam@gmail.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  
Stage I study day run by LTHT in Nov 2022 (date TBC) Stage 1 booking  

further information is included in the links below

 

Primary FRCA

If you would like to attend any of the following courses, please register to attend via
hyp-tr.tpd.adminsupport@nhs.net or andrew.ford3@nhs.net (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.

 

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Stage 1 Virtual Teaching:

Virtual Stage 1 Study day organised by Bradford
23 September 2022

Virtual Primary Mock OSCE organised by Bradford
14 October 2022

Stage 1 Study day organised by LTHT
November 2022 (date TBC)

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South Yorkshire Primary Course

Key Points

  • 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

Plan

  • 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

james.turnbull2@nhs.net

wei.low@nhs.net

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SCIPY

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.

E-mail:      martin@scipy.org.uk 
Website:    www.scipy.org.uk
Twitter:     www.twitter.com/SCIPYCourse

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

Final FRCA School wide Exam orientated Teaching (Primarily for East/West Trainees)
Places are limited so booking is essential. Please register via hyp-tr.tpd.adminsupport@nhs.net

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)

York Final FRCA Written exam course 
York Hospital

Monday, 27 June 2022
Thursday, 30 June 2022
hyp-tr.tpd.adminsupport@nhs.net

 

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Final FRCA Course (South Yorks)

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
patrick.knowles@nhs.net
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