see the Guidelines page, where most of the tips
and tricks are already mentioned.
Go through the Primary FRCA syllabus and read
books like the one by Smith & Aitkenhead (which
describes Anaesthesia exactly as it is practised
in the UK). My good friend
in Australia tells me that usually the Anaesthesia
Trainees there don't do a lot of unaccompanied
In the UK, the RCA recommendation is that approximately
33% of the lists are accompanied i.e. under direct
This in turn means that the rest will be solo
lists (but Consultant advice and cover are available
if required) and these lists give useful experience
in communicating with patients and surgical colleagues.
This also helps the trainees develop organisational
skills and problem solving experience.
Practice talking and answering questions. Ask
your teachers to conduct mock interviews and mock
viva's. There is a lot of preparation involved
and this in turn involves a lot of hard work for
the sponsors (both in India and UK) and the sponsored.
A lot of us don't do
well in Interviews because we don't practice.
It is a lot harder than we think! Regarding the English Test, I have no
personal experience. So speak to people who have
actually taken the test.
What I believe is that we, as a Nation, are good
at written English and spoken English (having
an accent does not mean we can't "speak" properly).
Speaking well, is more about
vocabulary and grammar and construction of sentences
than a British accent (Natural or acquired)
I strongly recommend making an effort
at speaking to friends and colleagues in English
and also listening to the Radio, especially group
Very few in UK speak the classical BBC News kind
Preparation is the key to any exam of any nature,
so be prepared!CV
writing Click on the above link
to go to some useful sites for tips on CV writing
and one site on Interview technique
There is an
Association called the British Association
of Indian Anaesthetists
has a Web Page for Anaesthesia Trainees. Click
on this link to go to the BAOIA