Waikato Hospital as seen over lake Rotoroa

The Waikato Part 1 Course is provided by a variety of in-house and visiting lecturers.

Jeffrey Hoskins

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Jeff is the convenor of the Waikato part one course, as well as a Primary Examiner. He is a specialist anaesthetist and neuro-anaesthetist who came to this course as a participant early on in this century. He trained here in Waikato as well as in Australia before a neurosurgical anaesthesia fellowship in Canada. He has a special interest in simulation based training and in education of anaesthetists.

Jeff is responsible for much of the course planning and behind-the-scenes arrangements and will also be lecturing and examining on the course.


Aidan O’Donnell

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Aidan is our main showrunner. Originally from the UK, he has called New Zealand home for the last eight years. Aidan is the Assistant Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia, and the author of Anaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction, and has a special interest in obstetric anaesthesia.

James Clark

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James qualified as an ANZCA fellow in 2014, and has worked as a consultant anaesthetist at Waikato Hospital since. His interests include regional and obstetric anaesthesia, and he is the local primary exam long-course co-ordinator. He is also a Primary Examiner. His other interests include running, cycling, and home woodworking. You will see Aidan and James for much of the day-to-day running of the course.

Peter Kam

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Peter is the Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetics at Sydney University, chairman and head of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Department of Anaesthetics, and the author of the well-known textbook Principles of Physiology for the Anaesthetist. Peter is a Part 1 examiner of many years’ experience, and an academic with an international reputation. Peter delivers a considerable amount of content in Week 1 of our course, and is an enthusiastic participant in our practice viva sessions. Without doubt Peter is one of the great strengths of this course.

Other Contributors

Our department has two other Part 1 examiners who participate in the course: Gary Hopgood and Alan Crowther. Our own Prof Jamie Sleigh is a former Part 1 examiner. The other content is delivered by a combination of in-house specialists and senior registrars, and invited speakers from other departments around New Zealand.

Feedback from previous candidates:

I’m extremely grateful for the Waikato course, and for you and the other course contributors for your teaching, feedback and exposure to so many practice vivas and SAQs. It made such a difference in our exam preparation, and definitely upped the ante in terms of knowledge and motivation.

happy part one exam candidates

This could be you!

Your course was invaluable and probably the single most important resource in me passing this exam.

It was a real boost for me at that time, the practice vivas and course material were fantastic.

Your course had prepared me well for the exam.

Passed! Thank you for the course– invaluable.

Thank you so much for your help and amazing teaching at the course. I really think the preparation we received from you played a huge part in our performance. Couldn’t have done it without you!

Thanks again for all your hard work that you put into the course, I can’t believe how much I managed to learn in those two weeks and even the night before the viva I was still consulting the notes from the course.  The viva practice, while horrific at the time, was absolutely invaluable. Please pass on my thanks. The course is definitely the reason I passed.

I am writing to say thank you for organising the course, and to ask you to pass one my gratitude to all the course teachers and organisers. I am very pleased to inform you that I have succeeded in passing the primary, as have all the candidates from the Hamilton course that sat the exam with me on Monday – in fact, we had a mini reunion in Melbourne after the result!

It was a superb course in getting us on the right track towards our goal of passing the Primary Exam. This course is definitely a “flagship” that the Waikato Anaesthetic Department can be very proud of.

I have been trying to work out how to express my gratitude for all of your and the course team’s hard work, but all I can really say is thank you.  There was a good group of us from the course out in Melbourne last Wednesday night celebrating.

The Hamilton course is just a fantastic couple of weeks.  Every day, every session, I came away having solidified knowledge I had, adding to it, and identifying gaps for further studying – just what a prep course should do.  The daily viva sessions, I won’t lie, were pretty stressful but by the end of the course I was desensitized.  I’m sure this made a huge difference in the real viva.