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Hi Everyone! How are you all getting on with your revision? I hope it's going well! After teaching different types of students, I have noticed a few things that most of them seem to trip up on. So I decided to give you all some advice... 1) Remember to cover all the different types of calculations from basic dilutions to more complex pharmaceutical calculations. You need to be able to recognize the type of question it is to ensure that you use the correct and fastest method to get your answer. 2) Keep practicing and don't forget to time yourself! 3) You need to be aiming for at least 90% in your practice papers to ensure you have reached the required level in preparation for the exam. 4) I know this is a stressful time for you all but take breaks so you don't burn yourself out. 5) Try to alternate between BNF/MEP/Calcs to make your attention span last longer! 6) Always read the questions very very carefully, even if it takes you a little more time. At the same time, read your options carefully. The extra time you spend is worth it (or you will get your answer wrong!) 7) Please please please do NOT make silly mistakes in your calculations. Like missing out a zero when copying numbers or forgetting to convert the answer into the required format. For example if your question asks you about the active amount of drug per decilitre, do not leave your answer in litres. Finally, I wish you all the best of luck for your revision and exam! Misha
Hi all, This is a bit old (and not from the GPhc) but still quite handy as a rough guide. I hope it helps! Know your way around the BNF The following are key areas / drugs that should be looked at in the BNF when revising for the preregistration exam. I have deliberately left out page numbers - this is so that you have to look them up ! This list is not exhaustive and only gives guidance on what you should be covering in your revision. You will come across other drugs that fit into some of these categories. If you have the opportunity to counsel any patients on the key drugs mentioned please get a pharmacist to observe you and fill in a counselling event record sheet. NB. Anything in bold I have considered to be very important and I suggest that you read the BNF entry carefully ! 1. CSM warnings and advice · Liquid paraffin · Desmopressin and hyponatraemic convulsions · Pancreatin high strength preparations · Beta- blockers and asthma · CSM guidelines for handling cytotoxic drugs · Revised indications for sotalol · Rhabdomyolosis and lipid-lowering drugs · Cystitis and tiaprofenic acid · Hypokalaemia and salbutamol · Arrhythmia’s with astemizole / terfenadine and erythromycin/ketoconazole/fluconazole/itraconazole · Benzodiazepine prescribing · Tamoxifen and endometrial cancer · Hyponatraemia and antidepressants · Chicken pox and steroids · Paroxetine and extrapyramidal side-effects · Tacrolimus and cardiomyopathy · Sumitriptan and ischaemic heart disease · Antithyroid drugs and agranulocytosis · Methotrexate and pulmonary toxicity · Vigabatrin and visual field defects · CSM restrictions on azapropazone · Flucloxacillin and cholestatic jaundice · Indications for co-trimoxazole · Halothane hepatotoxicity · Quinolones and tendon damage · Quinolones and children · Quinolones and convulsions · CSM advice on toxic effects of methotrexate · Amphotericin and anaphylaxis · Mefloquine and ADR’s · CSM advice on the oral contraceptive pill · Cyproterone acetate and hepatotoxicity · Thiamine IV · Cisapride and arrhythmia’s · Beta-blockers eyedrops and asthma · Baclofen withdrawal 2. Hepatotoxic drugs · eg. Labetalol · Sodium valproate · Isoniazid · Rifampicin · Halothane · Lamivudine · Stavudine · Zalcitabine · Cyproterone acetate · Indomethacin 3. Drugs that colour bodily secretions · eg. Rifampicin · Sulphasalazine · Co-danthramer 4. Drugs that require Counselling on reporting sore throat etc. (risk of blood dyscrasias) · eg. Carbamazepine · Sulphasalazine · Carbimazole · Ethosuximide · Phenytoin · Sodium valproate · Trimethoprim · Azathioprine · Penicillamine · Methotrexate · Gold 5. Drugs with key counselling points · eg. Didronel PMO · Pyridoxine · Steroids · Cholestyramine · Ispaghula · Slow K · Amiodarone · Malathion (headlice and scabies) · Statins / fibrates · Isotretinoin · Dioralyte · CFC-free inhalers · Lithium · Doxycycline · Oxytetracycline · Beta-blockers · Alendronate · Prazosin · Methotrexate · Hormone replacement therapy · The oral contraceptive pills (POP and COC) · Tamoxifen · Acarbose · Captopril · NSAID’s · Cyclosporin · Ferrous sulphate · Ovestin cream · Schering PC4 · Mefloquine · Clindamycin · Beconase nasal spray · Disulfiram · Nicotine replacement therapy · All HIV drugs 6. In addition - must be familiar with counselling points for all formulations · Rectal (suppositories, foam, enemas, cream) · Topical (patches, creams etc.) · Eye drops and ointment · Inhalers (Accuhaler, diskhaler, rotahaler, autohaler, easi-breathe, turbohaler) · Nebules · Spacer devices and peak flow meter · Ear drops / spray · Intravaginal preparations (eg. creams, pessaries) · Dressings · Injections · Nasal drops / spray · Oral liquids · Sachets · Dispersible tablets · Oral (tablets, capsules) · Sublingual tablets and sprays (e.g. GTN) · Any other formulation encountered 7. Key sections of the BNF & important entries · Name changes of drugs UK names vs rINN · Requirements for writing CD prescriptions · What does black upside-down triangle mean ? · What symbol is used to denote preparations that are not generally recommended to be prescribed ? · What symbol denotes drugs that are blacklisted on the NHS ? · Drugs that should be avoided in G6PD deficiency Drugs that should be avoided in porphyria · Palliative care section (especially conversion of morphine to diamorphine) · Vaccines section · INTERACTIONS · LIVER DISEASE · RENAL IMPAIRMENT · PREGNANCY · BREASTFEEDING · INTRAVENOUS ADDITIVES · CAUTIONARY AND ADVISORY LABELS · NURSE PRESCRIBERS FORMULARY · DENTISTS FORMULARY · Weight conversion chart · Dressings, urinary products & stoma care · Drugs and sport - doping classes · Poisoning · Low sodium antacids · Helicobacter pylori eradication regimens · Conditions for OTC prescribing of mebendazole, fluconazole, Buscopan, domperidone. · Misoprostol and women of child-bearing age · Aminosalicylates and blood disorders · Hypertension guidelines · Nitrate tolerance · First dose hypotension with prazosin · Target INR ranges · BTS guidelines for asthma · Post-immunisation pyrexia guidelines · Ipratropium nebules and risk of glaucoma · Drugs where continuity of brand is important eg. Lithium, theophylline · Candidaisis with inhaled steroids · Steroid cards with high dose inhaled steroids · Volumes of adrenaline in anaphylactic shock · Equivalent doses of steroids, benzodiazepines and antipsychotics · Equivalence of different bases / formulations eg. Phenytoin (suspension vs tablets), chloroquine (base vs sulphate) · Royal College of Psychiatrists consensus statement on high dose antipsychotics · Clozapine monitoring arrangements · Metoclopramide in the under 20 year-olds · Summary of antibacterial therapy table · Summary of antibacterial prophylaxis table · Anti tuberculosis drugs · HIV drugs and ADR’s eg. DDC/DDI and pancreatitis, lamivudine and hepatotoxicity, stavudine/ DDC and peripheral neuropathy, nevirapine and rash · Malaria treatment and prophylaxis guidelines · Types of insulin · Topical preparations - excipients causing skin sensitisation · Ranges for blood glucose and HbA1c · Suitable quantities for prescribing emollient and steroid creams · ADR’s of steroids and NSAID’s · Potencies of topical corticosteroids · Contact lenses and drug treatment · The oral contraceptive pills · Guidelines for management of hyperkalaemia · Vinca alkaloids and the intrathecal route - fatal · Aspirin and Reye’s syndrome · Advice of Royal College of Ophthalmologists for patients on long-term chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine · Department of Health guidelines for the prevention of neural tube defects with folic acid · ACBS (borderline) products · Electrolyte concentrations of IV fluids and GI secretions · RPSGB advice on pyridoxine · Management of extravasation 8. Drugs with unusual side-effects · eg. Zopiclone and metallic taste · Chlormethiazole and nasal congestion · ACE inhibitors and taste disturbances 9. Drugs with warning cards · Lithium · Warfarin · MAOI’s · Steroids 10. Drugs that cause contact sensitisation · eg. Phenoxybenzamine · Chlorpromazine 11. Drugs with driving warnings · eg. Indoramin · Antihistamines · Antiepileptics · Nicotine replacement products · Ciproflaxacin · Mefloquine · Disodium pamidronate · Beta-blockers · Baclofen · Dantrolene
Hi guys! Just wanted to ask how everyone is getting on with their calcs, and revision in general. Feel free to discuss any problems or obstacles you're having and we can all share some tips to help!
Top 5 tips for revising the BNF I know it’s daunting when you are handed the BNF and told to revise it. Yes, all of it. Most of us don't know where to start. So here is a quick guide on how to initially approach it in a more manageable way. These tips are from my personal experience, and I hope they help you! 1. Do NOT memorise the BNF word by word. That’s right, do NOT memorise the BNF word by word. The reason is simple, and you will soon discover it for yourself, if you haven’t already. It’s not possible (for the vast majority of us). Instead, focus your efforts on identifying the material which will be the most important. In my opinion, ensure you cover the following properly, and do more as time permits. • Chapters 1 to 6 • Aspects of Chapter 9, such as oral nutrition, vitamins and minerals. • Chapters 11, 12 and 13 (Mostly to benefit the OTC style questions) 2. Know where the tables with useful information are e.g. nutritional supplements, infusions, and opioid conversions. 3. Know what the appendices contain and use it your advantage. You will need to use Appendix 1 for interactions. However, another useful one is Appendix 3. The product Label list can be used to answer certain questions quickly. For example, which of the following drugs cannot be taken with alcohol? Look up the drugs in appendix 3 and see whether any of them have label ‘4’ next to them. 4. Familiarise yourself with the BNF throughout the year. Get used to using it. The best way to do this, is by trying to avoid using the index. Sounds a little strange, and of course you should use it in the exam if you need to. However, and this is a simple example, if you need to look up flucloxacillin, you will know that it’s a penicillin antibiotic. Then you will know that it is in the ‘infections’ section. If you know exactly where to look, then great! Otherwise you can use the Chapter headings at the start of every chapter to find the relevant section. It might seem long initially, but soon you will have an idea of where to find things without using the index. And as a bonus, it will help you to revise the drug classes. 5. Do not ignore the small print! Some questions in the open book exam are written to establish how much attention you pay to the detail. They may refer to information hidden under a specific brand name, beginning with ‘Note’ or ‘Counselling’. Pay attention to detail. Please show your support by liking our page Pre-reg Calculations Tuition and join our group. I will be writing more advice to help you soon so tell your friends! Thanks and good luck! By Misha 18/12/13
Hi All! You are all probably aware of this, but here is a little reminder on how the exam will be structured! Ensure that you plan your time well for each of the sections. Make sure you are aware of the style of questions which will come up (e.g. multiple choice with 3 statements). Don't forget to time yourself for the practice papers that you sit. It is important that you have a good idea about the time it takes you for different types of questions. For example, if your calculations are weak, you need to ensure you leave extra time for that section (and come to us of course!). A lot of the exam nerves can be taken care of by planning well. Structure of the registration assessment: There are two papers and all of the questions in the assessment are of a multiple choice format. You must score 70% across both papers, with minimum score of 70% in designated calculations style questions. Both papers are sat on a fixed day and there is a sitting in summer and autumn every year. The papers are: Paper 1 (morning paper): Closed Book (no reference material can be used) 90 questions in 90 minutes (1.5 hours) Paper 2 (afternoon paper): Open Book (permitted reference sources may be used) 80 questions in 150 minutes (2.5 hours), including 20 designated calculations. <source GPhc website> I will update more useful information and advice, so watch this space!
Hi everyone! I know it's getting closer to Christmas and we all want to just have a break and some fun, which is fine! One of my top tips, so that you don't get rusty over the holidays is to do at least 5 calculations a day (other than any other revision you may be doing). That will keep you in the right frame of mind. Plus, practice makes perfect - especially when it comes to calculations! I will be putting more tips and advice on here so keep checking and tell your friends!