AR_ME 3.2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the procedure including indications, contraindications, anatomy, technique side-effects and complications
This follows on from AR_ME 3.1 which is not examinable in the primary:
Demonstrate proficiency with:
Central Neuraxial block
Other regional procedures
Invasive monitoring procedures
T/F The Primary examiners have developed a sudden passion for anatomy.
T/F You are now required to know all about regional blockade when you sit for the Primary
Whilst this is only my humble opinion rather than an official ANZCA publication:
Asking regional blocks would be a major change in the scope of the primary. A change of this magnitude would not be slipped into the exam without a clear announcement from the College. So I will go out on a limb, and say: You will not be asked about subjects which are not in the non AR_ME LOs.
The examiners do not write the LOs, but I believe that the two AR_ME LOs which relate to the primary have been inserted to make it clear that when you study for the primary you should consider clinical applications, and when you are practising anaesthesia you should understand its grounding in science. I think you would be quite safe to ignore AR_ME 3.2 & AR_ME 1.3 (Apply knowledge of the clinical and biomedical sciences relevant to anaesthesia), as long as you realise that you will be asked about the clinical implications of the subjects you have studied.
As I am accustomed to say, if you don’t know the dose of propofol in an anaesthetic pharmacology exam you are in the wrong specialty 😉