This Viva will test knowledge of spinal cord anatomy, local anaesthetics and analgesics.


Draw a cross-sectional figure of the spinal cord, at the level of C3, and describe the functional anatomy and blood supply of the spinal cord at that level.

Candidates were asked to draw a cross-sectional figure of the spinal cord, at the level of C3, and tested on their ability to describe the functional anatomy and blood supply of the spinal cord at that level. Candidates were also asked about local anaesthetic drugs, their mechanism of action, pain (and asked to define pain) and non-opioid analgesics, in particularly ketamine and the pharmacology of ketamine.