I did quite well in predicting the last exam. If you think like the examiners do, then it's very doable. That is the main reason for getting you to write questions. Now it's quite interesting that the topics that we introduced at the EMCORE conferences, have come up quite often.
There are a few things that make prediction easier:
There are a limited set of topics that can be asked as an SAQ and they repeat
Knowledge of how the repetition cycle works.
When trying to predict the exam I am making a calculated guess based on the exam matrix that I have. Don't just study the lists I give. They are there for you to spend some extra time on.
I usually put 2 lists together: The short topics list and the major list, seen below.
HOW TO STUDY WITH 2-4 WEEKS TO GO The list gets put out 4 weeks before the exam, so you can do the final lead-up. In the countdown leading up to the exam, this would be my preparation approach. You will have your own approach and that's fine, because you prepare in your own way. As long as you look at the list below and make sure you have reviewed these topics, it doesn't matter. Here is a suggested approach: 4 WEEKS TO GO: Put a massive week plus a day or two into filling as many gaps as possible, concentrate on the big ticket items from your revision.
3 WEEKS TO GO: Look at the top 64 I have included below and ensure that these are part of the topics you have studied and have summaries of, as they seem to come up quite regularly.
2 WEEKS TO GO: Go over the top 30 I have included below and make sure that you know these. Now I can't guarantee they will come up, but I will say that quite a few of them will.
THE WEEK BEFORE THE EXAM: Go over your notes and think about how a question might be phrased. Think of drug dosages(but don't memorise endless infusion rates etc). Look at the admin questions and remember the general approach to all admin etc... Remember what's important; ECGs, ABGs, X-rays, Paeds, Trauma will be there as will O&G.. all those things we have said. This final week is about getting everything systematised in your brain, so you can think of differentials. The exam is big on a descriptive stem and then asking for Differentials and then Management. If you can't think of a differential have an approach as below: Differentials list:
That should be enough to give you a good list of differentials, with the most appropriate differential on the top of your list.
Then go get-em!
short Topics List
The list of 15 topics that I think will be on this exam:
1 NAI 2 Pelvic Injury 3 Swollen Testicle 4 Flail Chest 5 Penetrating neck wound 6 Clearing the cervical spine 7 Amphetamine/stimulant toxicity 8 PEA- resuscitation 9 WCT 10 STEMI 11 Adverse event 12 Internal Disaster 13 Loss of vision 14 Thyroid Storm 15 Abdo pain in children
The Major List
This is a list of 60 or so topics that have been present in the last few exams and there is a high chance that they will repeat.