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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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Tips for the FRCEM Primary

Tips for the FRCEM Primary

The FRCEM exam has recently been re-structured and the format altered. The first sittings of the new FRCEM Intermediate and FRCEM Primary examinations will be taking place in the autumn and winter of 2016 respectively. Prior to this the examination was two separate...

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Interpreting Diagnostic Tests

Interpreting Diagnostic Tests

What are diagnostic tests? A diagnostic test can be defined as ‘any kind of medical test performed to aid in the diagnosis or detection of disease, injury or any other medical condition’. Typically with any diagnostic test some of those at risk will be missed (false...

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Understanding the Oxygen Dissociation Curve

Understanding the Oxygen Dissociation Curve

What is the oxygen dissociation curve?  The oxygen dissociation curve is a graph that plots the proportion of haemoglobin in its oxygen-laden saturated form on the vertical axis against the partial pressure of oxygen on the horizontal axis. The curve is a valuable aid...

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Improving Your Confidence

Improving Your Confidence

“With confidence, you have won before you have started.” Marcus Garvey   The importance of self-confidence Psychologists have long reported that intelligence isn’t the only predictor of academic achievement and that self-confidence is also an excellent predictor...

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Tips for the MRCEM OSCE

Tips for the MRCEM OSCE

Helpful Tips for the MRCEM Part C OSCE It is often said that the Part C OSCE examination is ‘just a routine day on the ED shop floor’ but despite this many excellent practicing EM physicians struggle to pass this challenging hurdle.

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