RACGP Supervisors guide to assist your registrar in how to pass the FRACGP exams

Some wonderful tips from the brilliant Dr Rob Park (the below are personal views of Rob’s and not endorsed by the RACGP)

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Where do we start?

 Is your registrar a little lost on where to start in studying for their RACGP exam?

What is your knowledge of the RACGP exams?

Did you sit them a long time ago?

Or have you simply blocked them out of your memory!

The idea of this article is to assist supervisors in understanding the RACGP exams, provide advice on ways to assist your registrar in preparing for their exams, and highlight materials which can be used in exam specific teaching sessions. A large amount of this information is available on the RACGP website; however this article is designed to give you a more rapid overview as we are all time poor and sometimes just need the key features!

What is involved in the RACGP exam?

The RACGP exam involves three sections:

  1. Applied knowledge test (AKT)(Think a multiple choice paper but based on applying clinical…

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How to pass the RACGP exams – Leela’s way

A very practical and useful post chock full of study tips by a recent successful exam sitter   (the below are personal views of Leela and not endorsed by the RACGP)

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Guest writer: Dr Leela is a GP registrar completing her training in Hervey Bay and will soon be returning to Brisbane with her wonderful family. She recently successfully completed her FRACGP exams.

“A few people have asked me for exam tips so here it is. Don’t take it as gospel. There are a hundred different ways to study and pass these exams, this is just my way.”

How long to study for?

I studied formally for about 6 months before the written exams, probably somewhere around the 10-20h per week depending on what else was going on; sometimes more and sometimes less. However, I’m possibly not the most efficient and tend to get distracted by Facebook way too easily. From my experience, how much you “need” to study is a very individual thing. I did pass well, and to be honest I probably could have done less study and still…

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Murtagh, a zebra and the elephant sat in your consultation room…

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‘It would be so nice if something made sense for a change’- thought the doctor.

Just when you thought the start of the day couldn’t get any weirder, a ships captain arrived with a red flag, followed quickly by Sherlock Holmes, and Zorro. ‘Sorry we’re late’ they exclaim, ‘we’re ready to help you take on the day.’

Then Murtagh spoke up and suggested- ask yourself these 5 questions for the presenting problems today:

  1. What is the probability diagnosis?
  2. What serious disorder/s must not be missed?
  3. What conditions can be missed in this situation?
  4. Could the patient have one of the ‘masquerades’ commonly encountered?
  5. Is the patient trying to tell me something?

Before you point out Murtagh is sitting next to a zebra, you remember Dr Cox quoting Dr Theodore Woodward at JD:

And you remember that the top 30 reasons for encounter in General Practice make up 58.7% of presentations…

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