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How to Pass the CSA Exam: for GP Trainees and MRCGP CSA Candidates

ISBN: 978-1-118-47101-2
240 pages
December 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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Description

Distinctively pairing video footage and role-play scenarios, How to Pass the CSA Exam presents a broad range of consultations in the most common clinical areas a trainee or GP ST3 is likely to encounter, to reinforce core knowledge and skills. Cases cover the entire CSA case selection blueprint, with a range of acute, chronic, undifferentiated, psychosocial and preventative cases in the different disease areas.

The two DVDs feature over 3 hours of consultations drawn from real life experience, with step-by-step explanations and points highlighted for examination, and include filmed panel discussion and feedback.

The accompanying guidebook mirrors the video content, with explanatory text, advice on how the exam works and how role players are briefed, 'CSA Plus' resources on broader issues encountered in everyday general practice, and links to relevant guidelines, e-learning modules, and further resources.

Developed by GP trainers, educators and programme directors based on their vast understanding of the consultation and exam process and proven experience, How to Pass the CSA Exam is a thorough and systematic companion to preparing for these examinations to help you optimise your skills and prepare for early practice life.

Includes consultations in:
• Diabetes
• Depression
• Back pain
• Dementia
• Breaking bad news

DVDs feature:
• 12 consultations (with trainee reflection and trainer feedback) (Duration approx. 180 minutes)
• Top tips from round-table discussions with trainees who recently passed the CSA exam (Duration approx. 30 minutes)

The authors of How to Pass the CSA Exam also provide a high quality, up-to-date and comprehensive course specifically designed for excelling in the MRCGP exam, featuring mock AKT paper and CSA exam with actors as role-players. For full details, visit www.londonmrcgp.co.uk

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements v

Foreword vi

Introduction ix

1 The CSA Exam 1

What is it what are the examiners looking for and what can you expect on the day?

2 Consultation Skills for the CSA 15

A practical guide to consultation skills for the CSA exam

3 Physical Examination for the CSA 35

Brief tips on physical examination in the CSA

4 Common Themes Affecting CSA Performance 40

The pitfalls and how to avoid them

5 Complex Cases in the CSA 47

Tips on some of the more challenging types of CSA case

6 How to Use the CSA Practice Cases 54

A guide to using the practice cases and the DVD and a blueprint mapping cases to the RCGP curriculum

7 CSA Practice Cases 61

Cases (A)

1. Antenatal booking appointment 62

2. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)  67

3. Chest pain (musculoskeletal)  71

4. Gout  74

5. New onset hypertension 78

6. Type 2 diabetes 82

7. Child protection 86

8. Drug withdrawal 90

9. Paediatric eczema 94

10. Renal colic  98

11. Upper respiratory tract infection  102

12. Palliative care  107

13. Acute stress  110

Cases (B)

1. Irritable bowel syndrome  115

2. Lower back pain (postdelivery)  119

3. Sexually transmitted disease (STD) and hypertension 123

4. Confidentiality and angry patient  127

5. Hearing loss 131

6. Erectile dysfunction and prescribing  135

7. Knee pain/weight loss/eating habits 140

8. Insomnia 144

9. Paternity testing 148

10. Multiple sclerosis 152

11. Nocturnal enuresis (telephone consultation) 157

12. Pulmonary embolism post-Caesarean section (home visit) 162

13. Allergic rhinitis 166

Cases (C)

1. Headache 171

2. Elder abuse (home visit) 176

3. Problem gambling 180

4. Prostate specific antigen (PSA) test 184

5. Female genital mutilation (FGM) 188

6. COPD exacerbation 192

7. Blood test results HIV positive 197

8. Breast lump (learning disability) 201

9. Request for sick note 205

10. Sickle cell (adolescent) 209

11. Diabetes (telephone consultation) 214

12. Asthma (teenager) 218

13. Acute red eye  222

Index 225

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Author Information

Imtiaz Ahmad is GP Principal and Trainer at South Lambeth Road Practice, London and Musculoskeletal Lead for Lambeth. He was awarded the RCGP South London Faculty Educator Award (2011) and is ourse Organiser for London MRCGP Courses

Raj Nair is Training Programme Director at Guy's & St Thomas' GP Specialty Training Programme; Associate Director of Postgraduate Medicine at Guy's & St Thomas' and GP Principal and Trainer, Albion Street Group Practice, South East London

Martin Block
is Programme Director, Imperial GP Specialty Training Programme, and GP Principal and Trainer, Clapham Park Group Practice, London

Graham Easton is Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow and Educational Supervisor, Academic ST4 programme, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College Medical School, London, and GP Principal and Trainer, Ealing, London

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Professor Reviews

‘a VERY useful book indeed for both teaching/trainer and candidate’ GPVTS1, Royal Bournemouth Hospital

‘a unique, comprehensive and useful product (I don't often say that!)’ Newly qualified GP and trainer, South Gloucestershire PCT

‘a very good book, would definitely aid my revision I have learnt a lot from reading it’ GPST1, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
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