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 required. Here's a list of some of the key topics:

  • Cardiology including murmurs, ASD, and VSD, Down's syndrome, Fallot's
  • Respiratory including asthma, bronchiolitus, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis
  • Gastroenterology including growth charts, GORD, pyloric stenosis, coeliac disease
  • Neurology including febrile convulsions, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy
  • Emergencies including anaphylaxis, meningitis, ketoacidosis and status epilepticus
  • Haematology including acute leukaemia, haemolytic uraemic syndrome, ITP
  • Neonatology including respiratory distress syndrome and necrotising enterocolitis
  • Renal including nephrotic and nephritic syndrome
Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Diabetes in pregnancy
  • Hypertension in pregnancy
  • Twin pregnancy
  • Small for gestational age
  • Emergencies including antepartum haemorrhage
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Subfertility
  • Early pregnancy loss
  • Heavy menstral bleeding
  • Gynaecological oncology
  • Sexually transmitted infections including Chlamydia, trichomonas, HPV
  • Emergency contraception
What's the course like?
As with all the Ask Doctor Clarke courses, these high-yield teaching sessions 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 fantastic downloadable e-coursebook to consolidate your learning
  • Include advanced memory aids like mnemonics, poems and songs

Who are the lecturers?
The team includes a group of 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 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?
Both courses start promptly at 09:00 with registration from 08:15. Please arrive in the Zoom waiting room by 08:45 at the very latest. The lunch break is from 13:00 to 13:45. The course finishes at 17:30.

What teaching methods are used?
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 recent exams..

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