Now that the written exam is over it is time to start talking. This the the best tip I could give you for the vivas.
Find people to discuss your knowledge with, as expressing concepts verbally is a great way of making sure that you actually understand them. If you can’t find another human to talk to, talk to the cat, dog, pot plant or mirror…
Find someone to ask you questions. Consultants are often worried that their Primary Exam knowledge isn’t good enough to help out candidates. Don’t let them off the hook that easily. A lot of people have a pet topic which they feel comfortable with and, if worse comes to worst, you can give them some of your notes on a topic and get them to quiz you on those. Two past chairs of the Primary Exam have an article in the most recent Australian Anaesthesia aimed at helping consultants prepare candidates for the vivas. Read it yourself, it gives a good insight in to the type of questions you might be asked, and print off some copies to give to those you will be working with.
Registrars who have recently sat the exam, are also a great source of help. Most people are happy to inflict the vivas they were given on others. Bear in mind, people will alsways remember the questions they couldn’t answer better than those they could.
I hope you all have a fabulous and relaxing weekend but, on Monday, start talking!
PS. When you are in Melbourne for the vivas consider visiting the NGV to view the Triennial exhibition. The photo above is a work exhibited there by Xu Zhen