Digital Clubbing

Digital Clubbing

Digital clubbing is one of the oldest recognised signs in medicine, first formally documented by Hippocrates nearly 2500 years ago. For this reason, it is also known as “Hippocratic fingers”. It is an important clinical sign that can assist in the...
Practice Questions for the MRCEM Intermediate Exam

Practice Questions for the MRCEM Intermediate Exam

The FRCEM Intermediate (and the MRCEM Part B before it) is a difficult but essential step entering the Specialist Register. The paper is three hours long and comprises 60, three mark short answer questions (SAQs). The majority of the questions are 2 or 3 parts and...
Learning Online

Learning Online

“When I went to medical school, the term ‘digital’ applied only to rectal exams.” – Eric Topol   An embarrassment of riches I can clearly remember a time when I had to catch a bus to go to the medical school library to find the resources that I needed to prepare...
How to Differentiate Bell’s Palsy from Stroke

How to Differentiate Bell’s Palsy from Stroke

Being able to differentiate Bell’s palsy from stroke is an essential skill for all front-line clinicians. Bell’s palsy, which is also sometimes referred to as idiopathic facial paralysis, and ischaemic stroke are the first and second most common causes of acute facial...
Neonatal Jaundice

Neonatal Jaundice

The Royal College of General Practitioners has highlighted neonatal jaundice as a problem area for candidates in previous sittings of the MRCGP examination and it is important that candidates are familiar with the various causes, presentations and management of...

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