Primary and Final FRCA Teaching
For details of Primary and Final FRCA teaching dates, please see our events page.
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 www.thedaftcourse.co.uk
Exam Dates, Fees, Applications and Guidance
Information relating to Exam Dates, fees and applications can be found here
For guidance on passing the final FRCA can be found here
General Exam preparation guide can be found here
Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS)
Information relating to ACCS, can be found here
SWOT, SWIM and PROPA
South West OSCE Training (SWOT)
The SWOT (South West OSCE Training) Course is a one day course held three times a year. It is currently held online due to the situation with COVID-19.
It is timed to run a few weeks before each sitting of the Primary FRCA OSCE exam, providing an excellent final preparation facility for the Primary Exam itself.
The day typically includes two full run throughs of a 16 station Primary OSCE, performed under examination conditions to simulate as far as possible the real Primary Examination. It also provides an anatomy masterclass and an OSCE hints and tips lecture.
It is run on consecutive days with the SWIPED (South West Intensive Primary Education Day) course, which is directed at the Viva component of the Primary Exam.
We would ask all candidates to present themselves in appropriate examination attire.
South West Intensive MCQ Course (SWIM)
About the South West Intensive MCQ Course
Dates: Courses run throughout the year prior to each MCQ sitting - please contact via email or see our website for upcoming dates
Address: Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Northwood Ln, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0EG, UK
Description: This course has been designed by trainees for trainees.
Cost: Please see our website or contact us via email for up to date prices
Our venue is the beautiful Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre in Devon and the fee includes an amazing two course lunch and plenty of coffee.
The course consists of three days each focusing on one of the key areas of Physics, Pharmacology and Physiology. Each day consists of a mixture of lectures, exam condition MCQ sessions followed by a Q+A session for facilitated group learning. SBA sessions at the end of each day help familiarise candidates with the exam techniques required to tackle these tricky questions.
The course will provide you with three days of solid revision with no distractions, just you and your learning group.
There are only 12 places available to optimise your learning experience, so book your place now!
For further information please contact us via the email address above, or you can also follow the link above to see our website with more information on what to expect on the course, an example daily timetable, feedback from previous candidates, and information on the venue and where to stay.
If you are planning to undertake the RCoA Primary FRCA viva, this course is for you!
What is included?
1) Three full viva examinations tailored to the RCoA Primary viva examination. Examination is by experienced faculty from the Southwest, including some RCoA examiners.
2) Masterclass tutorials on difficult topics (e.g. physics, pain medicine).
3) Small group interactive sessions on a range of topics
The course is held in the renowned and beautiful grounds of Buckfast Abbey (https://www.buckfast.org.uk/).
A delicious two-course buffet lunch, along with two refreshment breaks with snacks, is also provided.
Dates: Within 4 weeks of the exam.
The course is limited to twelve delegates, so please apply early.
If you have any questions or are keen to attend, please contact: email@example.com
South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix (SWARM)
SWARM is an established successful anaesthetic and intensive care trainee-led audit and research collaborative which is based in the South West of England. We were the first anaesthetic trainee network and have recruited into a number of studies.
1. To establish a regional network of anaesthetic and ICM trainees who conduct multi-centre research and audit with a high potential for making an impact.
2. To allow trainees to continue their involvement in research and audit projects as they migrate around the region.
3. To provide training in research for the educational benefit of SWARM members.
4. To attract national funding for research and audit work.
Further information on joining SWARM,can be found here
Peninsula Anaesthesia Virtual Education Project (PAVE)
More information on PAVE is available here.