ISA Primary FRCA Viva Course

Free course, run for Imperial trainees who are preparing to take the Primary FRCA SOE


Primary Viva Course


See also

Novice Course
Primary OSCE Course
Final Viva Course
Final Written Course
I3 (ICU) Course



This is a free course, run for Imperial trainees only, who are preparing to take the primary FRCA SOE.   It comprises structured oral viva sessions once a week run by Imperial School of Anaesthesia Consultants and post-FRCA registrars, in the 5-6 weeks running up to each exam and takes place at Charing Cross Hospital.

The course objectives are;
a) To improve viva technique required for the Primary FRCA SOE eg/ paraphrasing, body language, posture, etc
b) To cover topics that are relevant to the Primary FRCA SOE and within the RCoA syllabus.
c) To give appropriate and relevant feedback to participants

Course information;

DATES FOR November 2017 COURSE:

Tuesday 3rd October

Thursday 5th October

Tuesday 10th October

Thursday 12th October

Tuesday 17th October

Thursday 19th October

Tuesday 24th October

Thursday 26th October

Deadline for applications to attend the course is Friday 22nd September.

Please apply by emailing with all your availability for the above dates, grade, contact number, present hospital and number of previous attempts at the primary FRCA viva. We will email you confirmation of attendance with your allocated sessions for the course duration plus further information.

We require all candidates to sign a course agreement and send a deposit cheque for £100 (made payable to Imperial School of Anaesthesia) that will only be cashed should a session be cancelled less than 36 hours in advance without good reason, following discussion with the Head of Imperial School of Anaesthesia.


Venue: Charing Cross Hospital Anaesthetic Department, 13th Floor, Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8RF

Dates: once/twice a week during the 5-6 weeks prior to the exam (see above for specific course dates)

Time:  18.30 – 20.30

For candidate requirements, more information and general questions click on the link FAQ or email us directly on


Observer places for eligible CT1/2 Imperial trainees, who are not sitting the Primary FRCA SOE exam, are available to enable trainees to gain insight into the required exam technique and depth and breadth of knowledge. 

Interested applicants should email with one or two dates for the next course, which they would like to attend.

For benefits of observing, more information or questions click on the link FAQ or email us directly on


We are always looking for post-FRCA registrars to join our faculty as examiners.   Your contribution will be formally recognised by a certificate endorsed by the Imperial School of Anaesthesia Regional Advisor and is useful to gain teaching experience for annual appraisals.

To register as an examiner on the up coming course, please email with available dates.

For examiner requirements, more information or questions click on the link FAQ or email us directly on

We look forward to hearing from you and please contact us should you have any further questions / queries.

Zara Edwards, David Magee and Tom Carter

ISA Primary FRCA Viva Course Directors

Atika Sabharwal and Vimal Grover

ISA Primary FRCA Consultant Advisors.

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