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**NEW** 16th January 2012

Hi Guys! Glad to see that the website is still a useful guide for those of you coming up to the Primary Exam!

I am still interested in receiving answers to the new questions – especially those not previously answered – and am happy to publish them on the site as long as they follow the same format as the answers I have posted. Remember, it’s about distilling your knowledge into what can reasonably be achieved in 10 min (generally ~1 typed page in 10 point Arial font). A big thank you to those who have uploaded content but more is always appreciated!

I also receive a reasonable volume of suggestions to “tweak” past answers, correct typos etc. The nature of the blogging software I am using makes altering a pdf very labour intensive. As such I am reserving making corrections for significant errors in content only – and although I appreciate there may be more detail which can always be added/debated, at the end of the day, these answers are intended mainly as a guide on a way to structure your answers to be achievable in the exam and shouldn’t be relied on completely with regard to content. NONE of these answers have been peer reviewed🙂

Happy studying!

AD.

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Hi! My name is Amanda Diaz, I am an ANZCA trainee in NSW. These notes are focused on the ANZCA Primary Exam SAQs. The acutal exam questions are available for download from the ANZCA website. Questions have been sorted into categories – those questions which have been repeated will have in the title all the years they have been asked. The answers are not in depth – instead they are the ‘ideal’ answers for the exam – that is, the amount which can be written out in the allocated time for the exam. They are a compilation of books, website, and Examiners’ Reports. The structure of each question is the same, and again this was for reproducibility during the exam. Please feel free to download or print them out!

As I sat in the 1st sitting of 2008, I have not added any of the newer questions asked in 2008 / 2009. Questions up to 2007 are compiled in a single pdf for each topic – use the “bookmark” icon (second icon on left of screen) in the pdf itself to be able to see all questions contained in the file and navigate to them.

Many thanks to Michael Wirth, who has kindly agreed to have his notes for the 2008 SAQs published on this site.

Good luck!

Amanda Diaz

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December 20, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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  1. Hey! Great to see that plenty of you are accessing the site – please feel free to leave some (constructive) comments if you feel there is anything incorrect or missing!

    If there are are any of you who have answers to any of the new SAQs (2008b onwards..) please let me know – I will give you my email address and you can submit them – please keep to the same format as the other answers on this site..consistency in answering is important! You will also receive due credit for your efforts!

    Amanda

    primarysaqs

    February 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    • Hi Amanda!

      Love your work. I actually got your answers off Claire Hinton last year – they have been really helpful. Your information is always well structured and concise.

      Hope all is going well in Newcastle. I’m living in Sydney at the moment, so look me up if your in town!

      Claire

      Claire Burrows

      June 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    • Hey Amanda,
      Thanks for your site- It was so so helpful in my recent sitting. I have some new answers (especially from pharmacology) that I would like to submit. Let me know if you are interested.
      Ali

      Alison Main

      May 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      • hi , can i have 2013 integrated primary examination SAQ please?

        carrie

        November 2, 2013 at 2:10 am

    • Hi Amanda

      I used this website a lot for my primary & I’d be happy to send in a couple of SAQs from the 2013 second sitting

      Anon

      February 18, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      • Sounds great! It would be good to keep the content current! Email the files (word document)..and I will put them up as soon as possible.

        AD On 18/02/2014 4:06 PM, “Primary Examination SAQs” wrote:

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        primarysaqs

        February 18, 2014 at 4:48 pm

  2. Hi there!

    Would like to say thank you for providing such a useful website! It is great to have access to such nicely distilled information that is answerable in exam conditions.

    Anon

    April 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm

  3. hey amanda!! great work on the site, came in very handy! thanks heaps. Where are u working these days? I mentioned your site to kerry brandis and he has now linked it. Hope u dont mind.

    brad smith

    May 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    • Hi Brad!

      Glad to hear the site has worked for you – so are you pre-VIVA or post exam?! I assume you are training in QLD if you are in the ear of Dr Brandis! I actually had emailed him when I first set it up to see if it was worth linking from his site but he only replied a few weeks ago – now I know why!

      I am working at the John Hunter in Newcastle now – been here for about a year, enjoying the great climate and laid back lifestyle!

      BTW…If you found the website useful..feel free to contribute with the more recent questions that I haven’t covered – I will format them and put them up to keep the site current…and pay it forward!

      Great to hear from you!

      primarysaqs

      May 2, 2010 at 11:42 pm

  4. hi amanda. this is truly useful. I’m not an ANZCA trainee though, but our SAQs mainly from FANZCA past years’ collections. Thanks.

    izzah azmi

    May 14, 2010 at 12:08 am

    • Hi Izzah – thanks for the positive feedback! Would you mind letting me know how you came about the website and which state you are in? Thanks!

      primarysaqs

      May 16, 2010 at 11:41 pm

      • your website is linked to anaethesiamcq website, highly recommended🙂 i’m in malaysia, sitting for Singapore’s MMed ( Anesthesia ) programme this September. I’m not an In campus trainee so i can’t acess their past year’s questions banks from the on line library, but i’ve a few with me given by a friend. I notice that questions are similar to FANCA collections. Any tips and advice on Viva? Thanks a lot.

        izzah azmi

        May 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm

  5. Great job , thank you

    Riyad Dawood

    June 27, 2010 at 11:21 pm

  6. Hi Amanda,

    Love your site, thanks for making it available.

    I’ve had trouble with it tonight, though, and am not sure if it’s a temporary glitch or something I should draw your attention to. In the past I’ve had no problem in opening a topic (eg. NDMR questions until 2007) and viewing the many pages of content. Tonight, however, I can only see the first page!

    Not sure if this is an issue at my end or within the website.

    Thanks,
    Jen

    Jen

    July 9, 2010 at 3:17 am

    • Hi Jen, I am not sure what the problem could have been with your access to NMBDs – Questions to 2007. I have tried accessing it this morning and haven’t had a problem getting to all the pages in the pdf. The only thing I would suggest if the problem presists is actually right-clicking on the link and downloading the file, as that takes website weirdness out of the equation! Please let me know if you continue having trouble accessing any pages – I will get in touch with the site hosts (WordPress) and we will try to fix up the problem ASAP.

      primarysaqs

      July 9, 2010 at 9:26 am

  7. Thanks, the idea to download the file directly worked a treat.

    Jen

    July 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm

  8. Hi Amanda, Have an answer for Physiol-10A09 – a quick check of the just released examiners report suggests that a model answer could avoid using Fick, but this is the approach I took. Let me know where to email to.
    Cheers, Damien…

    Damien

    July 14, 2010 at 11:53 am

  9. Thank you for statistics in a nutshell. The way you describe it in everyday language is very helpful. I especially liked the comments regarding type 1 and type 2 error.

    Anon

    July 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm

  10. dear amanda,
    thanks for the great effort! =)

    to izzah azmi: there isn’t any library for past yr qns for singapore mmed. jus hard copies lying around.

    kc

    August 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm

  11. Dear Amanda,
    Fantastic effort. Really appreciate what you’ve done and definitely has changed lot of lives !!..
    I’m one of the basic trainees in Geelong, Vic going for the primary exam ( first attempt !!) soon.
    I remember seeing your worked out MCQ’s somewhere, but unfortunately lost the link and just cant recollect. when you get some time, if you could send me the link,it would be much appreciated.

    Love your work !
    cheers
    Bobby

    Bobby Cherian

    February 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    • Hi Bobby! Thanks for the positive feedback! This website is focused solely on SAQs and the exam technique required to answer them. The quintessential MCQ website remains http://www.anaesthesiamcq.com – I highly recommend it to round out your MCQ practice!

      Hope this helps!

      AD

      primarysaqs

      February 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm

  12. Just discovered this today. Already integrating your notes into my study routine. Thank both you and Michael for this.

    Jinster

    February 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm

  13. Dear Amanda thanks for creating such a great site!

    any idea where i can get the more recent questions? cant seem to find it on the website.

    YJ

    March 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    • Hi YJ

      As I sat the Primary in 2008, it is only from submissions by those of you using the website that we will be able to keep this site up to date and so relevant….

      So get cracking!

      primarysaqs

      March 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

  14. Dear Amanda,

    Thanks so much for your effort. Great job!

    Are you doing something similar for part II as well?

    Jeff

    April 24, 2011 at 11:32 am

    • I think there has to be some magic left for you guys – perhaps that is one for a successful Primary candidate to take on!

      primarysaqs

      April 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm

  15. Dear Amanda
    Fantastic effort on SAQ. Really appreciate @ setting up this site. Passed my Primary this April 2011 partly thanks to his web site
    Cheers
    Chrish

    Chrish

    May 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

  16. Hey Amanda! This is such a great site. I think it’s brilliant what you’ve done, and the fact that Michael Wirth published his 2008 answers as well. I’m only sitting the physiology paper this August but if I have time over the next two months I’ll try to write “perfect” answers with my study buddy and send them to you. It would be great to have an ANZCA trainee generated list of “good” answers for all SAQs available. Next year I’ll do the pharm ones!

    Riaz

    June 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm

  17. What I mean is, we’ll try to write good answers for the 2009 and 2010 SAQs that are available with examiners reports but unanswered on this site as yet. Will send when done!

    Riaz

    June 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

  18. ur notes is very usefull… tq

    mh

    July 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm

  19. Hi Amanda!

    Congrats on passing the finals! We saw your name in the ANZCA bulletin.

    Just wanna say thanks for your brilliant primary notes! It really helped us clear the primary in Apr/11.

    Any chance that similar notes for the finals exist? =P Or any resources you would recommend?

    Thanks again and warm regards from Singapore!

    Ashokka B & Deborah

    Deborah

    July 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    • Hi Deborah

      Thanks for the well wishes! I am glad that this website has proved useful for providing people with a guide to format their answers to the SAQs!

      I have decided not to release my Part 2 exam notes – the nature of the Part 2 exam is very different from the Primary. As a result, the notes which I have compiled are already going to be out of date!

      My recommendations for preparing for the final exam would be:
      – visit anaesthesiamcq.com as there is a pretty complete compilation of previous MCQs – do as many as you can as repeat rate is high
      – SAQs are easy marks, so do the past questions (there have been a handful of repeats, and those done poorly often end up as Anaesthesia vivas or MCQs down the track)
      – Journals are the best resource for up to date info – the BJA CEACCP series are a great succinct way to learn the basics of just about any topic
      – Finally, visit http://web.me.com/sarahthomas77/Site/Blog/Blog.html – Sarah Thomas has compiled this very useful website with hints and tips particularly useful for the Anaesthetic Viva part of the exam. She keeps it updated regularly.

      Good luck!

      AD

      primarysaqs

      July 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      • Hi Amanda !
        Thanks very much for your detailed response
        yes we found it useful and we formed a group of interested people
        we do have a few seniors who have successflly completed finals

        I hope some day in the future we contribute & update your primary site with the latest saq answers after 2009

        Warm regards
        Ashokka

        ASHOKKA

        August 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm

  20. Hi Amanda
    Just got through the recently concluded ANZCA part 1 exams with success. Thank you very much for your notes. Highly recommend it for any aspiring candidates out there, please start doing the SAQs early and do it repeatedly! practice makes perfect.

    Regards
    Shahir, Malaysia

    ps Congrats Amanda on your success in the part 2 as well.

    Shahir

    September 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm

  21. Thankyou! Just been given the heads up to this website by a friend- I’m just at the start of the ANZCA primary revision journey and was already getting a little overwhelmed trying to construct an ideal answer after collating all the info from multiple texts, and your notes are helping me pick up the things I didn’t take notice of. Many, many thanks for this brilliant resource.

    Laura

    October 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm

  22. HAI AMANDA DIAS,
    I AM A TRAINEE IN ANESTHESIA, I AM GOING TO JOIN MASTER PROGRAMME VERY SOON IN MALAYSIA. THE QUESTIONS AND THE RELATED ANSWER HINT ARE VERY EASY GUIDE TO ANY ONE.
    THANKS FOR YOUR GOOD WORK.
    LOVE
    SELVAKUMAR

    OLIVER A.SELVAKUMAR

    February 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm

  23. Hi Amanda,

    I often used your website for my prep for the CICM primary and it inspired me to set up a similar resource for CICM candidates. Thanks for the assistance and the inspiration >> icuprimaryprep.wordpress.com

    many thanks, chris

    chrisando1

    May 29, 2012 at 7:57 pm

  24. Dear Amanda
    Needed some advice regarding cicm fellow general exam
    Any thing would be helpfull
    Thx

    Zi

    July 13, 2012 at 7:35 am

    • Hi

      Sorry for the late reply but I can’t help you with your query – I am an ANZCA trainee and actually have had nothing to do with the CICM or any of its exams. You can check out http://www.icuprimaryprep.wordpress.com – one of the guys who used this resource set up his own site specifically for the CICM Primary – he may have some suggestions/guidance for you there.

      Sorry I couldn’t be more help!

      AD

      primarysaqs

      July 28, 2012 at 10:18 pm

  25. Hi Amanda, thanks again very much for the fantastic resource, it has made it so much easier to prepare for the exam, whether or not it was enough will be apparent soon enough! Question: sorry if I am being obtuse but I am not sure how to submit content for some of the more recent and as yet unanswered questions. I would be happy to submit mine.. for what that’s worth…

    Michael Hicks

    July 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    • Hi Michael

      Submissions are much appreciated – please forward them to the address I will forward to the email address you have supplied.

      AD

      primarysaqs

      July 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm

  26. Hi amanda, thanks for a wonderful site, im sure many of us have benefited tremendously from your hard work. But could i ask for a favour from you. I have just spent some time downloading the PDFs for offline reference, which i’m sure many others have done. But i know you are actively updating your website and bringing in new material from time to time. Would it be possible if you just added a comment when you update or upload a new document so we would know if there were any new materials. Thanks once again.

    millie

    August 12, 2012 at 5:36 am

  27. Hi Amanda. thanks a lot. it’s wonderful. know it’s a hard work but please keep on the good work.thousand and thousands of trainees and PG students are getting the benefit of this.. thanks

    Anupa Herath

    September 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm

  28. Hi Amanda, I just wanted to echo the thanks of others – I managed to get through the primaries recently, and your site was an invaluable resource in getting me through it! Thanks again

    Michael Hicks

    October 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm

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  33. HI AMANDA IAM A ANESTHETIST IN INDIA COMPLETED MY MD ANESTHESIA IN INDIA IAM A ASPIRANT OF FANZCA I HAVE GONE THROUGH YOUR SAQ`S WHAT A BRILLIANT WORK THAT YOU HAVE DONE I APPRECIATE YOUR WORK WHICH WILL BE VERY HELPFUL FOR GUYS LIKE ME I HAVE APPLIED FOR IMGS ASSESSMENT PROCESS PLEASE GUIDE ME REGARDING IF I BECOME TRAINY IN ANESTHESIA WHAT WILL BE THE REMUNERATION DURING TRAINY PERIOD HOW IS THE JOB PROSPECTS IN AUSTRALIA FOR ANESTHETIST KINDLY GUIDE ME .

    THANKS ONCE AGAIN FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL COMPILATION, VIKAS

    VIKAS

    November 26, 2013 at 1:47 am

    • Hi Vikas

      Thank you for your kind words. I think if you have any questions regarding the ANZCA training program, and the requirements/availability of positions and opportunities to overseas trained doctors you would be better off getting the official information from http://www.anzca.edu.au – any information I give would be just one person’s experience in one part of Australia – hardly reflective of the profession as a whole.

      Good luck!

      AD

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      primarysaqs

      November 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

      • thank you amanda for your information

        vikas

        VIKAS

        November 28, 2013 at 1:26 am

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  35. Hi Amanda.
    Firstly your notes are amazing, and i wouldn’t have passed the exam without them. In the spirit of your altruism I have also made a website which contains exam study resources, including my notes covering the 2013 syllabus. It doesn’t duplicate your great work, but i think is a great supplement.

    If anyone wants to look: http://www.anzcaprimaryexam.com.

    anzcaadam

    May 8, 2014 at 11:37 am

    • Oops thats pretty embarrassing. I put the wrong link there. anzcaprimarynotes.com. Has been a long day

      anzcaadam

      May 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

  36. I also have a couple of pages of corrections. The way i’ve written them down might be best to email to you? Is that feasible? Was trying to copy and paste a picture of the page into this box but it doesn’t work.

    Thanks again for you notes! Amazing!

    http://www.anzcaprimaryexam.com

    anzcaadam

    May 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

  37. hi, thanks for your great notes and request you to provide information related to interpretation of mechanical ventilation wave forms and trouble shooting and also hemodynamic wave forms

    aleem

    June 23, 2014 at 5:58 am

  38. dear ,,,,,
    thanks a lot for your tireless effort and it was very helpful to get through my anaesthesiology part 1 MD examination with your comprehensive SAQ answers.

    do you have any answers for the anaesthesiology final clinical examination also like this????
    if you have them please upload them.it will be helpful for many doctors in worldwide….

    thanks again
    nilmini
    Sri Lanka

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    July 30, 2014 at 3:07 am

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