Exams are a pain in the ass. There’s no way around it. And there’s no way around them; you just have to take it on and get it done. It sucks even more if you are working somewhere where you are the only one sitting the exam.
But there are some pluses. Pasing a given exam ideally means you’ve got what it takes to move on to the next stage (The learning never ends, nor should it, and every interaction is really just another exam). And an exam is a good way of focussing attention.
So what if there was a Structured Approach to the Fellowship Exam (now called the Second Part)? Well, there is. It’s called the SAFE Course and it’s on in 2018.
Fresh from the successful running of the inaugural return (Is that possible? Anyway..) of the Sydney Short Course last month alongside a bunch of critical care educators, Arvind Rajamani (Intensivist educator at Nepean Hospital) is putting together SAFE 2018. This course has been going since 2009, providing exam focussed assistance for the written and clinical parts of the Second Part exam. You get the chance to:
- Practice the written, viva and hot case exams with marking and feedback
- Tips on you approach to the three exam components
- Exposure to bona fide examiners, critical care educators and immediate post exam fellows.
- A chance to network with other exam candidates and maybe future consultant colleagues
So if you are sitting for either the March or August exam in 2018, send an email to to register your interest in attending. The SAFE 2018 course will be held at Nepean Hospital, 6-9th of February 2018.