Annual Clinical CoursePart Two Clinical Course

The Department of Anaesthetics has held The Clinical Course annually for over 30 years. This until recently was the only such course held nationally. The course, aimed at assisting candidates preparing for the clinical / oral component of the Fellowship in Anaesthesia examinations, is held in the middle of September between the written and clinical sections of the FCA Part 2 examinations. Note that a similar course has been started jointly between the Departments of Anaesthesia at the Universities of Witwatersrand and Pretoria. This course is held during April.

The Durban Clinical Course is restricted to 30 candidates. Candidates sitting the examination will be given preference. The course aims to simulate examination conditions, preparing candidates for the clinical and oral examinations. It is an extremely intensive course held over five days and incorporates lectures, practical workshops, clinical case presentations and mock oral examinations.

Candidates are divided into groups. Each candidate will however be expected to present a clinical case daily. This usually occurs in the mornings. The afternoons are usually taken up by mock oral examinations, during which each candidate is exposed to a variety of examiners. The examiners pool is made up of national and local anaesthesiologists, and includes private anaesthesiologists and specialists from other disciplines.

A course dinner is traditionally held on the Wednesday evening, affording the candidates some respite from a gruelling week.

Registrars from the Department are advised to book a place on the course online timeously. Such bookings should be made at least a year in advance. Five places are reserved for local registrars, but these are allocated on a first come-first serve basis. Additional places for local candidates will be on a competitive basis with registrars from elsewhere in the country.

The Department reserves the right to restrict the total number of local registrars attending the course consequent upon the other departmental functions being met.

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