Tuesday, January 15, 2008


I saw a scary thing today. Whilst browsing the AnaesthesiaUK website today, I noticed: 97 days until the Final written. 97 DAYS!! I'm finally getting into a routine whereby reading and revision is becoming the norm even after a full day's work. I've just finished my first read-through of neuroanaesthesia and ICM and plan to move onto pain and then clinical anaesthesia/specialties. I will then re-revise basic sciences etc from the primary. Most of my revision at present is just reading, although I am making the odd notes on stuff that I just can't seem to commit to memory e.g. antibiotics, adrenoreceptors!! For no logical reason at all, other things that I think may come up in the exam in some guise or another include the POISE study of perioperative beta-blockade in CVS patients, ARDS, and CEMACH (as already mentioned). Watch this space!!

Saturday, January 5, 2008


Happy New Year - especially to all those taking the exam! (And congratulations & envy to those who have just passed!). With all festivities (including my birthday) over now, the cold reality of what lies ahead is now setting in. Essentially there are four months of revision before the written exam remaining. I don't feel I have done too badly up to now, having completed a first read-through of Cardiothoracics, Paediatrics, Obstetrics, and Neuroanaesthesia. I'm aiming to continue with ITU, clinical specialties, and then Primary/Basic Sciences over the next six weeks or so. Then I will probably start practicing MCQs and SAQs under exam conditions.