The Primary examination

The Primary examination is designed to assess trainees who have completed 12 months of recognised training, although most will have completed 18 months, before attempting the examination. The Primary examination examines both the relevant basic sciences and clinical practice of anaesthesia undertaken in the 12-18 months of training. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamentals of clinical anaesthesia practice. With particular reference to radiology, this includes the selection and interpretation of relevant pre-operative investigations. Radiological images that may be encountered will appear in the OSCE section of the examination. Interpretation will take the form of short questions based on chest radiographs, neck and thoracic inlet films, abdominal fluid levels/air/masses, skull films and other imaging investigations (simple data only). The clinical viva in the Primary examination does not include X-ray interpretation.

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