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Langer’s Lines and Surgical Incisions

Langer’s Lines and Surgical Incisions

Langer’s lines, which are sometimes referred to as the skin cleavage lines, are a series of lines drawn topographically across the human body. They correspond to the natural orientation of collagen fibres in the dermis and usually lie parallel to underlying muscle...

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Top Tips for the MRCGP CSA

Top Tips for the MRCGP CSA

The MRCGP Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) accounts for a third of the MRCGP exam, but to a large number of candidates it can be the most daunting part. It is therefore reassuring to note that the pass rate has been much higher than that of the AKT. In 2015, the...

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Bundle Branch Blocks  (Part 2 – Fascicular Blocks)

Bundle Branch Blocks (Part 2 – Fascicular Blocks)

In Part 1 of our ‘Bundle Branch Blocks’ series we learnt about left and right bundle branch blocks. Left bundle branch blocks can be further subclassified into left anterior fascicular blocks and left posterior fascicular blocks if the obstruction is limited to one...

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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.” Wilhelm von Humbodlt   The value of exercise I have already mentioned how I have used exercise to help me with my exam preparation at several points throughout...

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Tips for the FRCEM Intermediate

Tips for the FRCEM Intermediate

The FRCEM exam has recently been re-structured and the format altered. Previously there were two separate exams, the MRCEM and FRCEM examinations. These have now been merged into a single examination that will take the candidate all the way through their training from...

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Upper Limb Nerve Lesions (Part 4 – The Ulnar Nerve)

Upper Limb Nerve Lesions (Part 4 – The Ulnar Nerve)

In Part 3 of our ‘Upper Limb Nerve Lesions’ series we learnt about the median nerve and the most commonly occurring lesions associated with damage to it. We now move on to the ulnar nerve and it’s associated nerve lesions. The ulnar nerve is a major branch of the...

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Upper Limb Nerve Lesions (Part 3 – The Median Nerve)

Upper Limb Nerve Lesions (Part 3 – The Median Nerve)

In Part 2 of our ‘Upper Limb Nerve Lesions’ series we learnt about the radial nerve and the most commonly occurring lesions associated with damage to it. We now move on to the median nerve and it’s associated nerve lesions. The median nerve is a major branch of the...

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Upper Limb Nerve Lesions (Part 2 – The Radial Nerve)

Upper Limb Nerve Lesions (Part 2 – The Radial Nerve)

In Part 1 of our ‘Upper Limb Nerve Lesions’ series we learnt about the brachial plexus and the two most commonly occurring lesions associated with damage to it. We now move on to the radial nerve and it’s associated nerve lesions. The radial nerve is a major branch of...

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Upper Limb Nerve Lesions (Part 1 – The Brachial Plexus)

Upper Limb Nerve Lesions (Part 1 – The Brachial Plexus)

Upper limb nerve lesions are commonly tested in the basic sciences section of both undergraduate and postgraduate medical examinations and occur very frequently in the FRCEM and MRCS examinations. They are very important because they occur commonly in clinical...

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