I have left these predictions a little late on purpose. Firstly because I don't want this list to be the only thing people study and secondly, the exam is going through a minor change at the moment, with the topics starting to come out of left field in the last exam. However, the syllabus is the syllabus and there may have been some rogue 'Forrest Plots' in the last exam, but they will have to come back to the major topics.
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.
short List PREDICTIONS
The Impaired Doctor
Wellen's Syndrome MI
Upper GI Bleed
Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis
A Blood gas- probable triple abnormality
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 15 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.