BOOT CAMP

BOOT CAMPS for FINAL EXAMS!

2018 – SECOND SITTING 2+3 June

Here comes another one…

There has been demand for a second Boot Camp for the second sitting of the final exam for 2018. It is scheduled for 2+3 June 2018.

As usual, all ASA Trainee members are welcome.

REGISTRATION is via ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION (APE). For registration, please click HERE

PROGRAMS will be available soon. Please see reports of previous Boot Camps for indicative content. SAT 9 to 5, SUN 9 to 3.

VENUE

John James Theaterette.
Peter Yorke Building level 3
Calvary John James Hospital
173 Strickland Crescent, DEAKIN, ACT 2600

 

 

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS –

NOW A TRADITION

Another 2018 BOOT CAMP is pencilled in for 2+3 June – watch this space!

2018 – FIRST SITTING 3+4 FEB

BOOT CAMP – NOW A TRADITION: CANBERRA 2018

The Anaesthesia Final Examination preparation Boot Camp started modestly in 2016, grew in 2017 and was fully subscribed by 78 delegates over the weekend of February 3 and 4 – it’s now a tradition!

This is one of a range of events the ASA supports which is aimed at meeting the needs of trainees. Boot Camp registration was open to all trainees who are members of the ASA.

Big Boot Camp group 2018

BOOT CAMP FACULTY

Current Final Examiners prepared presentations and participated in panel discussions. They were present during the morning sessions and worked hard to myth-bust, answer questions during the day and to address individual concerns.

The faculty of Drs Stephen Davies, Nicola Meares, Carmel McInerney, Linda Weber and Sally Wharton gave generously of their time and attention to the group as well as to individual trainees.

Registration at John James theaterette

BOOT CAMP PROGRAM

The clock countdown to exam day on Friday March 15 amped up a bit of tension in the room as candidates entered the auditorium. The weekend opened with interviews and videos of previous Boot Camp graduates. A high standard was set for adding value to candidate responses in every section.

It did not take long for the audience to engage with the examiner panel and to take full advantage of the opportunity to have their questions answered by examiners.

Saturday was devoted to short answer question strategy and the use of constructs as well as Medical Viva performance improvement tips. Structuring the 8-10 minutes with the medical patient, concentrating on Presentation Points for the examiner and anticipating Investigations were the basis of Saturday’s program.

The secret for improved cognition, problem solving, attention, cardiovascular performance and immunity was shared with the group.

Sunday was anaesthesia viva day (after the 6AM walk/run). This Boot Camp was not about imparting content, but improving performance at the exams. Videos of previously (very) successful candidates were presented and analysed. Individual vivas were not offered; the message related to how to rehearse for vivas “smarter” when candidates returned to their hospitals.

BETTER PREPARATION, IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

Techniques for improving responses to both written and viva questions were covered. Structure and planning of responses was emphasised.

A video was presented on blending learning and performance modes as a means to better prepare for the exam. Practice first, then perform in order to take advantage of a viva encounter that can otherwise be a demoralising experience.

PERFORMANCE TIPS

Adding value to responses and use of constructs was demonstrated. Examples and a range of openers and scripts were reviewed.
Participants were actively encouraged to create their own customised scripts to deal with crises, catastrophes and other exam surprises. Their utility to buy time, send reassuring signals to examiners and to enhance replies to questions was a feature of several segments.

Boot camp On Red
2018

Faculty – thanks to all of the workers!

Jen, Mihaela and Jo

THANK YOU

The John James Foundation of Canberra is a supporter of medical educational activities and provided their excellent theatrette and breakout rooms for Boot Camp once again. The weather rallied and Canberra put on a beautiful show at sunset from Red Hill.

Jade Melville of the ASA provided administrative support and outstanding organisational help to make the weekend a smooth running success.

Once again, a big thank you to all delegates and faculty. There was a great sense of optimism and fellowship in the room. Many friendships and study groups were formed. It was heartening to see the sharing of contacts and resources amongst those candidates who were from remote areas.

Best wishes to all candidates for success in their exams.

Vida Viliunas
Boot Camp Convenor

 

 

BOOT CAMP CANBERRA 2017

The Final Examination preparation Boot Camp was reprised in Canberra during February after its successful debut in 2016.

This is one of the range of events the ASA supports which are aimed at meeting the needs of trainees. The weekend was again open to all exam candidates.

BOOT CAMP FACULTY

Current Final Examiners prepared presentations and participated in panel discussions. They were available throughout the weekend to answer questions to the group and to address individual concerns.

The faculty of Drs Luke Bromilow, Stephen Davies, Nicola Meares, Carmel McInerney, Prani Shrivastava and Linda Weber gave generously of their time, presentations and attention to individual questions.

BOOT CAMP PROGRAM

The weekend opened with voxpops from previous exam candidates followed by a walk through each exam section. Audience participation throughout was lively—candidates made good use of exam panel members to clarify misconceptions and do some mythbusting.

BETTER PREPARATION

Techniques for improving responses to both written and viva questions were covered. Rallying from “viva brain” was considered, along with responses that might be better avoided.

A video was presented on blending learning and performance modes as a means to better prepare for the exam.

VIVAS and INVESTIGATIONS

With March around the corner, there was an emphasis during the weekend on the upcoming medical vivas. Strategies for organising and improving performance for this section were offered. The medical viva requires candidates to focus their history and examination, rank information and synthesise their findings. Ensuring that the interpretation of relevant investigations adds value to the viva performance was emphasised for the medical and anaesthesia vivas.

PERFORMANCE TIPS

Adding value to responses and use of constructs was demonstrated. Examples and a range of openers and scripts were reviewed.
Participants were actively encouraged to create their own customised scripts to deal with crises, catastrophes and other surprises. Their utility to buy time, send reassuring signals to examiners and to enhance replies to questions was a feature of several segments.

THANK YOU

The John James Foundation of Canberra is a supporter of medical educational activities and kindly provided their excellent theatrette as the Boot Camp venue.

Jennifer Ellis of the ASA provided administrative support and outstanding organisational help to make the weekend a smooth running success.

Thank you to all delegates and presenters for their enthusiastic participation throughout Boot Camp. Feedback survey responses have been very gratifying—also full of suggestions for improvements. The challenge for Boot Camp 2018!

Best wishes to all candidates for success in their exams. Vida Viliunas
Boot Camp Convenor

Canberra Final Exam Boot Camp –

February 2016

A final exam preparation boot camp weekend was held in Canberra in February.

The weekend was supported by the ASA for logistics and publicity and open to all candidates sitting for the exam – Australian Anaesthetic trainees, International Medical Graduate Specialists and any other candidates sitting the Final Fellowship exam.

Outstanding exam performances often look quite ordinary. This program aimed to demonstrate very good viva performances for candidates preparing for their final anaesthesia exams. Presentation skills for investigations interpretation were also covered. We all agreed that content trumps performance tricks, but that in combination, they are unbeatable!

PRESENTERS and other supporters

Four real-life, (AND in-the-flesh), current final examiners were kind enough to donate their time for the entire weekend for this enterprise: Drs Nicola Meares, Stephen Davies, Prani Shrivastava (who came all the way from WA) and Linda Weber. Dr Carmel McInerney lent her expertise as a teacher, consultant and character actor to the cause.

The John James Foundation is a leading Canberra medical charity that kindly donated their theaterette and breakout rooms on the campus of the John James hospital in Deakin, Canberra.

OTSAN president (otsan.org.au) Dr Sanjay Sharma represented his organization in support of the international medical graduate specialists attending.

VIVAS

The final examiners and consultants role-played as examiners and candidates presenting “very good” performances for both Medical and Anaesthesia vivas.  A range of techniques was showcased: including

  • the “expected” CVS/ respiratory viva…and the warning to ALWAYS expect the unexpected
  • the “I have never done/ seen such a case” and what to do then viva
  • how to recover from a brain-stall.
  • Anaesthesia vivas as a spectator sport and as practice vivas with feedback.

The aim was to pull together the theory and practice of what is required of candidates in the real-time dynamic situation of a viva. Practical solutions for what is probably the most stressful section of the exam were presented; how to recover from and deal with situations when candidates feel uncomfortable or uncertain in a viva were covered.

These sessions were followed by analysis, discussion and myth-busting.

The aim was for candidates to take home some “performance jewels”.

INVESTIGATIONS

Investigations occur and recur in all sections of the exam and play an important role in our profession. Having a systematic and confident approach ensures that candidates do not miss important findings and are able to showcase their knowledge.

A targeted, systematic approach to the “black spots” of exam investigation was presented. There were a number of quizzes throughout the two days that gave candidates a chance to review the material covered.

STUDY AND EXAM TECHNIQUE

The weekend offered candidates the results of the world’s best research in this field!

Thank you to all who supported the weekend to make it a success.

Best wishes to all candidates for the upcoming examinations.

Dr Vida Viliunas

ASA Education Officer

(mildly exhausted) Boot Camp Convenor