Fellowship CAI – Clinical and SOE Examinations
The Fellowship of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland (FCAI) examination is an internationally recognised high stakes assessment of anaesthetists in training knowledge. The Fellowship examination is a national test of knowledge as laid out in the FCAI examination syllabus agreed with the Irish Medical Council. The examination is embedded within the curriculum outcomes and specialty anaesthetic trainees will not progress to SAT6 without possession of this qualification.
|Trial Exam Dates||Exam||Times||Exam application closing date|
|23 Nov 2021||Trial Final Fellowship CAI Clinical Exam||09:00 – 10:00||8 November 2021|
|23 Nov 2021||Trial Final Fellowship CAI CRQ Exam||11:00 – 12:00||8 November 2021|
Autumn examinations will proceed as per timetable below.
|Application Opening Date||Application Closing Date||Exam Date||Venue|
|Final Fellowship CAI Clinical/SOE Exam|
|04 Oct 2021||08 Nov 2021||30 Nov 2021||Online|
|17 Jan 2022||07 Mar 2022||06 Apr 2022||Online|
|26 Oct 2022||28 Nov 2022||29,30 Nov 22||CAI*|
*Subject to pending decision on in-person clinical exams, expected in June 2022
Apply for Examination
Check if you are eligible to sit exam. You must be a registered medical practitioner with a primary medical qualification acceptable to the Irish Medical Council, and have been employed as an anaesthetist for 36 months, prior to exam date. If you are on the Irish National Anaesthesia Training Programme you must completed 36 months within the training programme. A trainee who has completed 24 months on the training scheme may have 12 months’ consecutive pre-scheme clinical anaesthesiology experience accredited towards their Final exam, as long as it took place post-internship and in hospital approved by the College. Please read the full Examinations Regulations (pdf).
Prepare for Examination
Preparation Course – This is a Consultant led intensive SOE preparation course giving candidates extensive viva practice for the examination. The format of the course is similar to the SOE’s including:
- Long clinical cases
- Critical care
- Pain management
- Applied basic sciences
Date: To be confirmed
Please note: Only candidates that have applied for the FINAL FELLOWSHIP CAI CLINICAL/SOE exam will be considered for this course.
Reading Materials Here we have compiled a number of resources trainees have found useful for the MCAI. We hope this helps a little with your initial preparation for exams: General Books
- BMJ Education (formerly CEACCP) – http://bjaed.oxfordjournals.org/ **ESSENTIAL**
- Dr Podcast Scripts for the Final FRCA – Leslie, Johnson
- Physics, Pharmacology and Physiology for Anaesthetists: Key Concepts for the FRCA – Cross, Plunkett
- Clinical Anaesthesia Viva Book – Barker **Highly Recommended**
- The Anaesthesia Science VIVA Book – Bricker **Highly Recommended**
- Structured Oral Examination in Clinical Anaesthesia: Practice Examination Papers – Mendonca
- The Clinical Anaesthesia Viva Book, by Julian M. Barker
Websites http://www.wfsahq.org/resources/anaesthesia-tutorial-of-the-week http://www.dr-podcast.co.uk/podcasts.php?id=2 http://www.frcamindmaps.org/ http://www.derangedphysiology.com/main/ – useful ICU resource http://www.ccmtutorials.com/ – useful ICU resource http://lifeinthefastlane.com/ – useful ICU resource Question banks http://www.onexamination.com/
Examinations Contact: Ann Marie Harte, firstname.lastname@example.org
FAQ’S / Application Process
1.Your bank card details 2.Your digital passport-sized photo (jpg)
No. There is no lunch provided. There will be tea & coffee available throughout the day. You may bring a lunch with you or buy some lunch during your break.
You will need to bring photo ID (Passport or Driving licence) and your invitation letter.
Yes. These are professional exams. You must wear business attire.