Mersey Trainees


CT1/2 & ST3/4


Courses Provided by the MSA

 

The Quid Pro Quo – Mersey Trainees are given discounts to MSA Courses on the understanding that, once through the Examination they get involved in the Faculties for the Respective Courses.

CT 1 & 2

  • Movement of the Critically Compromised                                  £80
  • Primary MCQ/SBA Course                                                            £250
  • Primary MCQ/SBA Course                                                            Repeater Fee £0
  • Primary OSCE/Orals Course                                                        £350
  • OSCE Weekend – See Note*                                                       Nil
  • Primary Viva Weekend – See Note*                                            Nil

*Note
Trainees admitted to these courses Free of Charge if they have already attended an OSCE/Orals Course. If they have not attended such, they will be charged the Normal Course Fee to attend the Weekend Courses

ST 3 & 4

  • Final FRCA: Written Exam Preparation Class – (MAFIT 2)     Nil
  • Booker Course for Written Examination                                    £550.00
  • Final SBA & MCQ Course                                                             Nil
  • Final SAQ Weekend Course                                                        Nil
  • Final Viva Revision Course                                                          Nil
  • Final Viva Weekend Course                                                        Nil

 

Notes

The Courses as listed above are those MSA courses which the Mersey Deanery School of Anaesthesia recommends to Clinical Tutors for FRCA Fellowship Candidates.

Study Leave Funding is approved for:
Primary MCQ/SBA Course
OSCE/Orals Course
Booker Course
 
Other Courses:
Final SBA & MCQ Course
Mersey Trainees preparing for the imminent Final Written Paper may attend this Course Free of Charge but will need to sort out the matter of leave with their respective departments.

Final SAQ Weekend Course
Mersey Trainees preparing for the imminent Final Written Paper may attend this Course Free of Charge but will need to sort out the matter of leave with their respective departments.

Final Viva Revision Course
Staged approximately a month before the Final SOE Examination alerting Candidates to the Viva Topics that might appear in London plus the manner and form in which they might appear, this often as an alarming surprise. Thus, the course exposes gaps/weaknesses while allowing a few weeks ahead to address & repair same. A persistent theme in the feedback from candidates is the assertion that the course fosters a far greater amount and degree of revision than could be managed when working alone or intermittently elsewhere.
Mersey Trainees preparing for the imminent Final SOE Examination may attend this Course Free of Charge but will need to sort out the matter of leave with their respective departments.

Final Viva Weekend Course
Mersey Trainees preparing for the SOEs is invited to attend this course as a Reservist. Reservists attend Free of Charge.
The Viva Weekend Courses are structured to accommodate an even multiple of three candidates and the Reservists are used to complete the numbers as necessary.
If they are not included in any particular round of Vivas, the Reservists have the opportunity to study that round’s course material, to play ‘viva’ games with them and to benefit from the revision.
Every Reservists will get some exposure to the stress and strain of viva practice under examination conditions.
To date, the Reservists have been pleased with the arrangement.

However, recently one or two Mersey Trainees have preferred to pay the Full Course Fee (£275) rather than be a Reservist.
Any Mersey Deanery anaesthetist preferring to attend the course as a substantive candidate rather than as a Reservist is advised to make the application as per normal via the Application Form downloaded from the Website.
However, attendance at the Course will not be considered as being under the aegis of Study Leave Funding and there will be no reimbursement of the Course Fee from the Deanery.

Advice regarding MSA Courses for Mersey Trainees

 
Primary candidates should attend the Primary MCQ Course only when they have committed themselves to the Examination and they should attend the course as near to the exam as possible.

Primary candidates, having been successful in the MCQ, should decide which OSCE/Orals Course they want to attend and apply accordingly as early as possible. Places are limited on this course.

Final candidates should contact Kirstie regarding MAFIT 2 attendance when they have decided to commit themselves to the Final Written Examination.

Final candidates should attend the Final (Booker) Course which is staged before the SAQ/MCQ papers which they intend to sit. They should apply for the course as soon as they have decided when they are going to sit the exam. Places are limited, the course is always heavily over-subscribed and, as much as we might want to, we cannot accommodate late applicants from Mersey Deanery Candidates.

Final Candidates are strongly urged to attend the Final SBA/MCQ Course & The SAQ Weekend Course if they can engineer the time off work. Study Leave Funding is not approved for these Courses. There is no Course Fee for such Candidates.

Final Candidates are strongly urged to make a point of attending the Final Viva Weekend Course (as Reservists) as this course has proved to be of immeasurable value to those who have gone before.

Last Word

You should not think of sitting either the Primary or Final Examination until you feel that you deserve to pass. You must not go into these exams simply hoping luck will be on your side and that thus you might pass. The chances are that you would be wrong.