The two part examination consists of up to 200 multiple choice questions, and a written clinical competency portion. The examination committee may include oral examination, latent image, computer simulations or use audiovisual aids as, part of the testing process. Ancillary diagnostic techniques will be included in each topic where appropriate. Anatomy and physiology, data collection/identification of problems will also be covered. The VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia) has to have an understanding of clinical techniques and how procedures are performed. Therefore, the examination will include indications, equipment needed, complications, and troubleshooting with regard to common clinical procedures. The candidate is given 4 hours to complete the multiple choice examination and 2 hours to complete the written clinical competency portion.
Topics to be covered on the examination are those that are crucial to anesthesia. Topics included but not limited to the following are:
Anesthesia for Neurology patients
Anesthesia for Orthopedic patients
Anesthesia for Gastrointestinal patients
Anesthesia/Post- anesthesia care
Equipment use, troubleshooting and maintenance,