Wellington Neurology Course 2021

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Horne Lecture Theatre

31 Riddiford Street

#Level 12

Wellington, Wellington 6021

New Zealand

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Practical Neurology course for New Zealand FRACP candidates.

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Congratulations and welcome!

The Wellington Neurology Course has replaced the Tauranga Neurology Course run by Andrew Chancellor for more than two decades. This will be the third time we have run it in Wellington.

This is only for New Zealand FRACP candidates sitting the clinical examination in 2021. (see Key points below)

The programme offers registrars the opportunity to hone their examination technique and improve their recognition of disorders commonly presented at the FRACP clinical examinations. You will have lectures and examination teaching on Friday. On Saturday you will see twenty different neurology cases, taking turns to be examined in FRACP short case format. (see course overview below)

The course is not meant to be scary or intimidating, try to see it as a fun learning opportunity :)

There is a dinner on Friday night. This is an excuse for you to celebrate with your colleagues (for passing the written). Importantly, the tutors will divulge some 'neurological pearls of wisdom' at the dinner, which you'd miss if not present.

Please read the 'Key points' and the information below carefully, then consider registering.

Key points:

Only New Zealand FRACP candidates, who have passed their written examination AND are sitting the clinical examination in 2021 are eligible to register. If you do not meet this criteria or have attended the course before please do not apply.


Registrations will close 1 week after the announcement of the written examination results - given there isn't long between the announcement of the written results and the examination.

Numbers are usually limited because the course is over-subscribed. Selection will be done by a random number generator on the final day of registration, not first-come-first-served. Sorry if you don't get a place.

Pay by direct debit within 72-hours of receiving an offer to confirm your spot – see payment details below.

Course overview:

Friday - 11:30am Horne lecture theatre, level 12, Ward Support Block, Wellington Hospital. see map

lectures relevant to the short case examination.

small group sessions with a neurologist reviewing examination technique.

Friday night - DINNER - venue to be confirmed

Saturday - 9:00am, Clinical Measurement Unit (CMU), Wellington Hospital. Finish around 4-430pm.

Short cases - you will be split into small groups and rotate between rooms, taking turns to be the examiner. Please resist the urge to interrupt when it's someone elses turn.

The format will be the same as the FRACP short case, with a brief stem provided at the start, time for examination and then questioning afterwards.

The patients will be chosen to represent a range of neurological conditions, but specifically those you are more likely to encounter in the practical exam.

There will be two sessions with lunch in the middle.

There will be time for a 'debrief' at the end.

You will be emailed or able to download a booklet ‘A method for examination of the nervous systems’, written by Dr Andrew Chancellor (who ran the Tauranga course for over 20 years), with references to neurological short cases popular in the FRACP exam.

The course is not affiliated to a NZ University or NZQA qualifications. Participation in the registration process and the course itself is taken as an agreement/contract to comply with the arrangements as outlined herein.

All correspondence, by e-mail:

Payment details:

The cost of the course is $450 NZD. Payment should only be made after you have been offered a place.

Put your name as a reference (or number next to selection list)

I'll provide a tax invoice for course fee of $450.00 (GST inclusive) once everyone is confirmed.

Commit to the course by by direct credit to be visible in the account below, within 72 hours of course place offer. Allow for a delay in the transfer of funds.

Once you have lodged payment the allocated place is yours. No need to send another e-mail. A receipt as .pdf for fees/course will be sent by e-mail sometime before the start date, once the deposit is confidently reconciled with your details.

If no course fee is deposited within 72 hours after offer of a place, the offer becomes null and void and that provisional place will be allocated to another registrar.

If the number of applications exceeds capacity, a fair ballot will apply but the closing date for registration will not be less than 7 days after written exam results are announced. If your application is too late or balloted out, I will reply to let you know I cannot offer a place but will keep you in reserve.

Places are non-transferable. If you change your mind about coming to the course after payment of course fees, a forfeit of $100.00 (unless waiting for results) will apply but the remainder of the course fee will be refunded, as long as cancellation is 5 working days or more before the start of the course.

Account details:

Account Name Neurology Course

Bank number 38

Branch number 9017

Account number 0705286

Suffix 04

Other Notes:

Course fee includes: Tuition from consultant neurologists, lunch on Saturday (but not Friday), refreshments during breaks and a restaurant dinner (and beverages) on Friday evening – when you register please indicate intention to attend (see above). Vegetarian food can be provided for the meals – please let us know if you prefer this option at the time of ballot application.

Please remember your course ID number, allocated at the ballot for both small group teaching on Friday and the Saturday short case round robin groups. The letter refers to one of the 10 groups (A-J) who remain together when moving between teaching stations. The number 1-50 is the course place number.

You may wish to bring a favourite reflex hammer, opthalmoscope, 128Hz tuning fork and neurotips – no need to bring other kit. It would be helpful if one person in each group can be responsible for one kit set around the stations. As the rooms are tight for space do not lug around cases/backpacks etc.

Please wear presentable/smart clothing for the Saturday OPD sessions with patients. Men: no jeans, shorts or sandals. Necktie or jacket not compulsory (rooms can be warm). I will convey your thanks to the patients who participate. NO RECORDING DEVICES ARE PERMITTED IN THE OPD ROOMS. IF THIS IS BREACHED YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE.

Please make your own accommodation arrangements.

We look forward to meeting you.

David Bourke

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31 Riddiford Street

#Level 12

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