There seems to be a bit of a problem in the land of “WordPress meets my computer” and I can’t access any of the site material, other than the already published posts. I also can’t write a new post ( I am currently on my phone which has limited functionality).
I’ll try again a bit later today….
This fabulous table top is constructed from materials found in the Great Pacific garbage patch (I can remember the creators name)
Ok, well that is Murphy’s Law in action. After trying repeatedly to get the site working, as soon a I posted that last message, it was back in action!
Sorry for the absence of a post yesterday – lucky we had two on Monday.
I think this may be the last respiratory LO yet to receive a post!
BT_PO 1.19 Describe altered lung mechanics in common disease states
In patient’s with CPOD, the diaphragm becomes less efficient, worsening ventilatory capacity T/F
Loss of compliance of the chest wall is a significant contributory to respiratory failure in patients with circumferential chest wall burns T/F
Hyperinflation of the lungs, due to gas trapping associated with COPD, results in improved intercostal muscle efficiency T/F
There is a restriction to inspiratory flow more than expiratory flow with obstructive airways disease T/F
With Easter around the corner here is something to think about. It has been postulated that many people who were crucified died from asphyxia or ventilatory failure. Can you postulate how this might occur thinking about the mechanics of breathing?
When I sat my primary examinations, someone said to me that people with children were more likely to pass this exam. Is this true? Who knows? But it was an interesting point and one that has stayed with me over the years.
This is a difficult exam and one that requires a huge amount of time if you want to pass. Having children, regardless of their age, in your life around the time of the preparation for the examination and the examination itself makes a tough time even harder. We now have trainees who are post graduate when they start medicine, meaning that we seem to be seeing more and more trainees that have children during their training.
This post is aimed to give some useful tips to those trainees sitting this exam with children, or with other life events. It is based on opinion, experience and a smidgen of research.
This is a family decision. You will need to lean heavily on partners, extended family, friends, other school parents and neighbours. Be proactive and get people ready to help once you start studying.
Get outside help. A nanny, cleaner or daycare can be a big financial hit, but it’s a short-term hit. If you need to pay to have your life made easier, then take it and pass the exam.
Make yourself a priority. You only want to sit once so look after yourself. Sleep well, eat healthily, exercise and keep your mental health steady.
Make yourself a priority, until you need to help. There are times when you will have to miss times with your children, and then there are times you will need to miss study time.
Be realistic. Add an extra 10% of study time into your plan as life will inevitably get in the way at times.
Be organised. Plan your hours of study around times when the children are asleep or at school or you have help. This might mean studying into the night once the kids are asleep, or getting up early to get the hours in. It does no one any favours if you are studying inefficiently and if you have a routine, the children learn your routine.
Don’t be a perfectionist. If your kids need screen time or scrambled eggs for dinner sometimes to get you through, remember you are still setting a wonderful example for them.
Sacrifice free time for family time. Have breaks. See the kids. Thank your partner.
In the era of social media, tap into online support groups for practical tips and support from other studying parents.
Do people with children have a higher rate of passing this exam? Again, I don’t know but I can see that this might be true. It is an added pressure that requires organisation, efficiency and dedication. Having children can also put times like this in perspective.
If anyone has any extra tips for other trainees sitting the exam with children then please share them here. And good luck to everyone sitting the viva examinations in a few weeks!
I think this is another LO where you what you learn should be directed towards how it affects function rather than just memorising in detail the intricacies of the receptor itself.
The top 4 statements are core. The last one is the most interesting (I’ll try to find a good concise article on it for those who are interested and will update the post when I have). You will find the answers to the rest in, you guessed it, Hemmings and Egan 2e. There is also a nice summary article in BJA Educationhere.