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Princess Alexandra Hospital

Bryan Emmerson Room, 4th Floor Main Building

199 Ipswich Rd

Woolloongabba, QLD 4102


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Expert speakers
Current and previous examiners
Theory and hands-on learning
Exam-conditions vivas with real patients
Performance Psychologist feedback

This two and a half-day masterclass is targeted at registrars who are about to sit their Fellowship Examination. It is a preparation course for the Medical Viva, and includes comprehensive coverage of the theory and practical aspects of the Medical Viva component. Candidates will have the opportunity to discuss theory and technique with current and previous examiners, as well as gain feedback from a performance psychologist.


Day One - Overview of medical vivas

  • Examiners overview

  • History taking sessions

  • Physical examination sessions

  • Healthy volunteer mock history taking and physical examination session

Day One will focus on the theoretical knowledge for the exam and we will practice examinations on healthy patients. More specifically, the morning will cover the knowledge of history taking and examination, covering all systems (i.e. Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Neurological, Rheumatological/MSK, Endocrine). The afternoon will consist of two sessions, whereby candidates will be split into small groups and be shown how to approach history taking and physical examination on every system, with each candidate given the opportunity to practice an examination at each session.

Day Two - Putting it all together

  • Small group discussions with examiners

  • Approach to investigations

  • Performance psychologist feedback

  • Cecil Grey Prize Winner interactive session

Day Two will focus on systematic approach to summarizing the history and physical examination findings with focus on presenting it to the examiners. Candidates will get an opportunity to work on their presentation skills and have feed back from examiners. There will be a interactive session with a performance psychologist.

Day Three - The Mock Viva

  • Mock vivas under exam conditions with real patients

  • Examiners feedback

Day Three will be a mock medical viva, under exam conditions. Candidates are expected to wear formal examination attire and the mock exam will be held in the actual examination venue for the Princess Alexandra Hospital examination sitting. Each candidate will perform two medical vivas, including perusal, history and examination, questions with the examiner, and individualised feedback after each station. This will be followed by a small group investigation quiz and then wrapping up the day with a Q and A session with examiners to answer any queries that candidates have regarding the exam.


Day One begins at 7:30am on Friday 14 June, at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. We will begin registration in the Bryan Emmerson Lecture Theatre, on Level 4 of the main building (PAH Campus and Level 4 Map). Days One and Two run from 7:30am to 5:00pm, and Day Three runs from 7:30am to 12:00pm.


Numbers are strictly limited! There are 18 places available for those who want to be partipants, priority will be given to those registrars who are sitting the upcoming exam. There are an additional 18 places available for those who would like be observers, or those that aren't taking the upcoming exam. For the observer tickets, you will be able to participate in the first two days, and then observe on the third day.


There are two parking structures on the PAH Campus (PAH Campus and Parking). Parking is restricted on the surrounding roadways.


Quest Hotel Woolloongabba - 130 Logan Road, Woolloongabba QLD 4102

Phone: (07) 3873 3000 / Quest Email / Quest Website

A discount off the current rates is given to attendees/guest speakers of a PA Research Foundation event. Book via phone or email and mention the PA Research Foundation to receive the discounted rate of $135 to $255; secure parking, wi-fi, and bottled water upon arrival are included.

Other local accommodation options - Booking.com Website

The Mantra South Bank / The Wellington Apartment / Hotel Chino


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact the event organisers with any questions via email or phone Dr Kate Sewell 0432 443 113 or Dr Ashwini (Ash) Tambe 0468 655 901.

How can I register and pay?

Register through Eventbrite and pay with a credit card, cheque, or direct deposit.

Credit Card (Visa/Mastercard/Amercian Express): Register and pay online via Eventbrite and pay with a credit card.

Cheque: Register via Eventbrite and at the payment dropdown menu select "pay by cheque". Make cheque payable to "PA Research Foundation" and on the reference/memo line include "MedViva Participant Surname". Please post to: PA Research Foundation, PA Hospital, 199 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba QLD 4102.

Direct Deposit: Register via Eventbrite and at the payment dropdown menu select "pay by cheque". Pay via direct bank deposit to: Account Name: PA Research Foundation Operation Account / BSB Number: 064-000 / Swift Code: CTBAAU2S / Account Number: 10393277 / Reference: MedViva Participant Surname

**Please note that your registration will not be completed until the funds have been deposited into the PA Research Foundation account.

What's the cancellation / refund policy?

If you have to cancel your registration, you can do so through Eventbrite, or by contacting Sandra at the PA Research Foundation: email / Direct 07 3176 7364 / Main Office 07 3176 2359. Refunds will be processed using the same method of payment used to pay for the registration.

Registrations cancelled on or before 14 May 2019 will receive a full refund. Registrations cancelled after 14 May 2019 are not entitled to a refund.


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