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Dundee FRCS ENT (Otolaryngology) VIVA Course

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Innovation in teaching

NHS Tayside



Detailed feedback from previous courses is available to download from the links below:

What was the most useful part of the course?

1)Paeds top tips was fantastic. Good to get tips from those who have recently done the exam.

2)Communication and clinical stations.

3)Communications skills. Paeds. Lots of viva.

4)Clinical examinations.


6)Top tip lectures.

7)Viva and clinical.

8)Viva and communication stations - excellent.

9)Overall, very good.

10)Top tips from successful candidates. Viva and clinical skills station. Audiology station.

11)Interactive session and permission to take videos.


What was the most useful part of the course?

1)Viva station

2)Viva and clinical

3)Very good organisation and thorough

4)Was all excellent

5)All useful

6)Viva/communications skills/clinical

7)All aspects

8)Clinical practice sessions

9)Everything – it was extremely useful. I would most definitely recommend this to colleagues as delegates. It was at the right pace, lectures were to the point and pitched perfectly.

10)All the Viva sessions

What was the most useful part of the course?

1)  Realistic vivas (esp. concentrated/real time & noisy environment.)

2)  Viva stations & feedback & viva feedback sheets.

3)  Viva sections. Excellent course.  Excellent support staff.  Highly recommended by previous colleagues.  Good choice of venue. Very well organised. Keep it up.

4)  Viva

5)  Viva & lectures.

6)  Vivas – exam real life situation.

7)  Viva stations and feedback sheets.

8)  Induction emails.  The immediate feedback from examiners.

9)  Viva practice. Dinner very good.

10)  All parts were good.

11)  Viva simulation, which is different from other courses.

12)  The clinical and patients.

13)  Good exam simulation.  Weekly emails extremely useful.

14) I was recommended this course as the best course for exam preparation by two different people.  I was not disappointed.  Excellent website & emails.  Just what’s need to kickstart revision.

What was the most useful part of the course?


1) Viva practice.

2)  The Vivas

3)  The VIVA stations were absolutely fantastic and it was great to have 3 sessions and lots of different examiners.

4)  Vivas and feeback.

5)  The viva-ing is fantastic and hopefully prepares us for the exam.  Overall, this was a very useful experience.

6)  Viva practice.

7)  Viva practice and patient stations were really informative.  Audiology teaching as very novel idea.

8)  Vivas

9. Communication skills with real actor

10. clinical station with lots of patients

11) What is a fantastic course, Great diverse faculty, plenty of oppertunity for viva, Absolutely brilliant.

12. Extremely Well organised course

13. Great experience, vital for FRCS part 2 exam

What was the most useful part of the course?

1) Feedback from viva and clinical stations.

2)   The course gives an in depth scenario exam.  I had no idea what this exam involves and what is the level  expected. I also picked up my weak points.

3)  Good viva and feedback sessions.  Great faculty.  Very helpful top tips.

4)  Viva/clinical communication practice.

5)  Communication and clinical examination.

6)  Viva practice.

7)  Really liked the pre-course emails to the build up to the course.

8)  Viva training.

9)  Practice stations.

10)  Otology lectures/ H&N/Paeds/Communication station.

11)  The vivas and interaction.  Having trained abroad, it was great to know the structure and pattern of examination and what was expected of me.

12)  Vivas

 You packed alot in 2 days. It was very well organised and I appreciated being able to go between the breakout rooms and not having to travel all the way to Dundee!


Please don't ask me to specify one. 1. The actor. 2. The breakout rooms. 3. E mails 4. Teaching before viva


i thought zoom worked well and was well organised. the breakout rooms we also well organised. it saved hotel stay and transport cost. significant co2 savings when taking account of all the people involved


Thank you an excellent and informative course. The faculty were all very knowledgeable and ran great lectures and sessions. It ran well as the zoom/virtual set up especially as an observer.

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