Essential Paediatric Revision and Essential O&G

Frequently asked questions!

What is covered?
The course covers the essential topics that are asked about in both written and clinical examinations - and does so in a single day. Each year, students email Doctor Clarke with details of the questions they were asked in their exams and this enables us to ensure we cover what is requirfed. Here's a list of some of the key topics:

Paediatrics
  • Cardiology including murmurs, ASD, and VSD, Down's syndrome, Fallot's
  • Respiratory including asthma, bronchiolitus, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis
  • Gastroenterology including GORD, pyloric stenosis, intusussception, coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Neurology including febrile convulsions, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy
  • Child development: the essentials
  • Emergencies including basic life support and anaphylaxis
  • Haematology and oncology including sickle cell anaemia and acute leukaemia
  • Neonatology including respiratory distress syndrome and necrotising enterocolitis
  • Renal UTI, nephrotic syndrome and Henoch Schonlein purpura
  • Childhood infections immunisations and dermatology
Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Hypertension in pregnancy
  • Diabetes in pregnancy
  • Antepartum haemorrhage
  • Twin pregnancy
  • Small for dates
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Induction of labour
  • Post partum problems
  • Problems in early pregnancy
  • Infertility
  • Gynaecological oncology
  • Menorrhagia
  • Menopause and HRT
  • Urinary incontinence
What's the course like?
As with all the Ask Doctor Clarke course, these courses have been designed to:
  • Provide clear and succinct information pitched at just the right level
  • Use clinical cases to demonstrate the relevance of core knowledge
  • Engage you actively with quizzes and clinical problem solving
  • Be much more productive than sitting in a library with a textbook
  • Give you a really useful revision handbook, including lecture notes and diagrams
  • Plus some mnemonics and poems for people who like them!


Who are the lecturers?
The team includes a dozen experienced paediatric and obstetric registrars and consultants, who have been selected because of their track record of excellence in teaching. They have all collaborated with Dr Bob Clarke, Dr Alli Ward and Dr Amanda Jefferys in developing and evaluating the course materials. Each course is led by two of the team.

What do students say about the course?
"Every aspect you need to pass the exams. A really great day."

"You're faced at home by all these books and you really don't know how to pin down what you should be revising. Coming on this one day highlights what you know and what you don't know."

"The course has been really helpful - it's a good opportunity to have a refresher of paediatrics - the things that come up all the time. So you get all the buzz words that you need, all the most up to date information and how paediatricians see it, which is really helpful for exams."

"The best bit is the interaction you get during the lectures - helps you remember things."

"Working through cases, the clinical signs and symptoms and investigations and then having that condition explained - the pathophysiology and the management - has been great."

"Now feel confident that I have a working understanding of what's going on."

"I would recommend it simply because it gives you a chance to go through all the things we've learnt previously but maybe haven't had an opportunity to see."

What are the course times?
The course start promptly at 9am with registration from 8:30am. Please arrive before 8:45am at the latest. The course finishes at 5:30pm.

Is it lecture based?
A variety of educational methods are used. Short lectures present key concepts and tried-and-tested approaches to the examination. These are interspersed with quizzes, videos, clinical cases and discussions of typical material from OSCEs.

What is the dress code on the day?
The dress code is informal. Stethoscopes are not needed.

Can you advise me on where to stay?
We suggest you contact the local tourist board in the area and ask for some advice on where to stay. Please do not leave it too late to book your accommodation.

What are the arrangements for car parking?
In most cities it is easier to use public transport than to drive. No arrangements have been made for car parking, but most venues are close to public pay and display car parks.

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