The Course

Course Structure





Introduction

Leedscrammer Final FRCA preparation courses are extremely intensive and are designed for people who regard themselves as within two weeks of a successful attempt at the Final FRCA exam. Both the SAQ/SBA/MCQ and the SOE components of our courses are designed to create environments that mirror exam conditions and are the closest thing to the real exam you can get!

Candidates should not apply thinking that the course is a substitute for thorough preparation – we bring the expectation that presentation is of equal importance to submitted content on the grounds that it displays both economy and clarity of thought.

 

Course Structures

We currently offer 2 courses which are both run twice a year

1. SAQ/ SBA/ MCQ Course


As outlined in the timetable above, this is a 3 day course which gives candidates chance at answering 2 full SAQ examinations and 1 full SBA/MCQ examination as well as multiple shorter sessions with half papers and sessions on question planning/ layout and SAQ/SBA/MCQ discussions.
Comparison between the August 2010 Curriculum and the previous version demonstrates that the syllabus information has been little changed. We constantly update the question bank for each course to reflect the evolving style of exam question however, in particular recognising the increasing prevalence topic areas that are not strictly anaesthetic in their nature. We do not expect questions, for example, on hand-washing to disappear. While stressing technique in presentation throughout each day the amount of content areas covered is considerable and every question will be covered in feedback sessions led by us.
The feedback sessions are highly interactive utilising the most recent radio-frequency student response system available;CPS Spark™. eInstruction’s CPS™ and Response™ software offers an easy-to-use anonymous interface that makes it simple and intuitive to compare and contrast your progress throughout the course.

2. Viva Course


After listening to recurrent themes in our feedback we have now extended our very popular and oversubscribed Viva course to 2 days. It is extremely intensive and involves a mixture of Viva sessions and group workshops as can be seen from the timetables above. All aspects of the SOE are covered and candidates will get multiple attempts at exam condition Viva’s from Consultants and Senior Registrars. As can be seen from the picture below this is the closest thing to the real exam as you can get and the examiners have set marking schemes to follow which mirror the actual FRCA format. We provide a unique feedback system with advice and comments on every Viva the candidate does and this can be taken away at the end of the course to help focus the revision in the time leading up to the examination. Candidates will constantly rotate around and thus get to experience various styles of Viva as well as gaining experience and pointers from the examiners.

Venues

We currently use 2 different venues for our courses:


The Met Leeds
The Met Leeds is a well-placed four-star venue in the centre of Leeds. The hotel, alternatively known as the Metropole Hotel, the Leeds Met, or more affectionately simply The Met, is a grade II listed building and is particularly ornate with a terracotta facade. It recently underwent a six million pound refurbishment that left few areas of the building untouched. Now, each part of the venue’s interior is modern and fresh.

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The Rose Bowl
Leeds Metropolitan University’s flagship development is called “The Rose Bowl”. This landmark for the city of Leeds is easily accessible and features the very latest in modern conferencing facilities and design. With complimentary WiFi for all candidates and state of the art AV equipment we feel the venue enhances our professional courses.

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Directions

The Met Leeds
The Met, King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HQ

By Road:
Approaching from the M1, exit the motorway at junction 43, joining the M621. Exit the M621 at junction 3, following the A653 and accompanying signs for Leeds City Centre. Continue on this road under the railway bridge onto Bishopgate Street. Follow the road around to the left onto Wellington Street, moving into the middle lane. Turn right at King Street and the hotel will be ahead on the right hand side.
Approaching from the M62, exit at junction 3 on to the A653 towards Leeds City Centre, then follow the directions as above.

Train:
Leeds Rail Station is just a 2 minute walk from the hotel.

Parking:
Limited on site parking. Additional parking at Leeds Station NCP (charged)

To book your accommodation 0118 971 4700 (from in the UK) stating “Candidate for the Leeds Crammer Course” to receive a discounted room rate.

The Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl, Portland Crescent, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3HB
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Parking:
Parking is available on site but is limited and expensive at £25/day. An alternative is to use Woodhouse Lane Car park which is only a short 3 minute walk away.(£9/day Mon-Fri, £4.50/day Sat). CAR PARK INFORMATION.

Train:
Average walking time from Leeds City Train Station is relaxed 15 minutes.

Catering

Tea, Coffee and cakes are provided both in the morning and afternoon.
The Met Leeds catering facilities provides a choice of hot or cold lunch in the hotel restaurant, the price of which is included in the course.
The Rose Bowl catering facilities provides a buffet lunch, the price of which is included in the course.
(If you have any special dietary requirements, please inform us via e-mail once you have registered)

Cancellation Policy

Please read carefully:
Please note that we have to inform the venue about delegate numbers and pay for catering two weeks prior to each event. In addition, our courses get booked up early, which means that late cancellations prevent other prospective candidates from attending.

Up to two weeks before the course: Full refund subject to an administration charge of £20

Delegates cancelling after this date will be liable to pay the full course price unless Leedscrammer considers there to be exceptional circumstances that would warrant a refund or rebooking on to a later course.

Current Faculty

Dr John Adams – MA MBChB MRCP FRCA FFICM

John Adams is a Consultant Anaesthetist working at the Leeds General Infirmary. He has an interest in Neuroanaesthesia and Intensive Care having completed an assistant Professorship at the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland USA. He was the principle organiser of the West Yorkshire and Humberside Final Fellowship Preparation (FFP) course. John has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Law and Ethics from the University of Manchester and has recently been appointed as a Medicolegal Adviser to the Medical Protection Society.

Dr Andrew Lindley – FRCA MMedSci(anaes)

A Consultant Anaesthetist with an interest in Neuroanaesthesia and Regional Anaesthesia. He has completed an Assistant Professorship at Harbor View Medical Centre, Seattle. Andrew has long track record in medical education both as an ATLS instructor and teaching on the West Yorkshire and Humberside Final Fellowship Preparation (FFP) course and the Leeds Regional Anaesthesia Course.

Dr Sarah Marsh – MBChB FRCA

Sarah Marsh is a consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia in Harrogate District Hospital. She has an interest in Intensive Care Medicine and Education, with experience in provision of region wide viva practice sessions.

Dr Matt J Simpson – MBChB FRCA

Matt Simpson is consultant anaesthetist at St. James’s University Hospital. He specialises in obstetric anaesthesia and has interests in regional anaesthesia and vascular access. Matt is currently undertaking research into delivery of regional anaesthesia. He received maximum marks in his FRCA viva examination and along with Dr Marsh, runs the Leeds Crammer Viva Course, a highly successful and over-subscribed 2 day course which on day 2 replicates the Royal College of Anaesthetists Final FRCA viva examination.