Core survival guide | Association of Anaesthetists

Core survival guide


Anaesthetics has traditionally been a specialty which junior doctors entered after two to three years of postgraduate training. However, the ongoing changes in postgraduate medical training mean the majority of junior doctors are now entering anaesthetics following the Foundation Programme. This means appropriate support and guidance are even more important to ensure the welfare and success of future anaesthetic consultants. The Core Survival Guide is an introduction to the specialty, aimed at early training years. It starts from day one and leads to obtaining a ST3 post.

Guidance includes:

  • Preparing for your first day as an anaesthetist
  • Health and safety
  • Portfolio and logbook
  • Training in anaesthesia
  • The Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)
  • The Primary FRCA examination
  • Getting an ST3 post in anaesthetics