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    On the PSA website there are 4 practice papers. Paper C seemed considerably more difficult that paper A, B and D. Is this the general consensus?
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    (Original post by JOO93)
    On the PSA website there are 4 practice papers. Paper C seemed considerably more difficult that paper A, B and D. Is this the general consensus?
    Everyone i have spoken to has seemed to agree with this. My mark dropped by 15 compared to the others.
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    Yep, paper C was ridiculous.

    Really hoping the real thing is more like D - i felt vaguely confortable with that one!

    Seems like such an odd exam, more about how quick you can pull out obscure bits of info from the BNF rather than how well you can actually prescribe...
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    How did everyone find today's exam?
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    The website crashed at our uni which added to the stress of what seemed like a hard exam >
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    (Original post by Pertie)
    Yep, paper C was ridiculous.

    Really hoping the real thing is more like D - i felt vaguely confortable with that one!

    Seems like such an odd exam, more about how quick you can pull out obscure bits of info from the BNF rather than how well you can actually prescribe...
    This is my main problem with it. What is the exam trying to test? Currently it seems to err too much on 'How quickly can you search the online BNF?' rather than prescribing knowledge. Beyond emergencies, there is always more than two minutes to work out and write a prescription, so I think it is only going to encourage errors.
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    (Original post by Woody.)
    This is my main problem with it. What is the exam trying to test? Currently it seems to err too much on 'How quickly can you search the online BNF?' rather than prescribing knowledge. Beyond emergencies, there is always more than two minutes to work out and write a prescription, so I think it is only going to encourage errors.
    Plus it flies in the face of what we're taught. Our mantra has always been to know your limits and, if in doubt, check with someone.

    It's not reasonable for us to know about obscure side effects and review 8 meds for prescription errors, contraindications and interactions in 2 minutes.
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    I agree. Thought the exam today was harder than the mocks.
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    I'm glad we didn't have all of that crap to do on top of finals!
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    (Original post by adsyrah)
    Plus it flies in the face of what we're taught. Our mantra has always been to know your limits and, if in doubt, check with someone.

    It's not reasonable for us to know about obscure side effects and review 8 meds for prescription errors, contraindications and interactions in 2 minutes.
    regarding interactions, using the medicines complete BNF if you just type in all of the drugs with a space in between each one then click on the interactions tab then you should get a quick list of interactions with the red ones being the more serious ones. Our tutor said that the red ones will usually be the answer, but haven't sat the PSA yet myself

    The other stuff, not as quick to find out
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    (Original post by trektor)
    regarding interactions, using the medicines complete BNF if you just type in all of the drugs with a space in between each one then click on the interactions tab then you should get a quick list of interactions with the red ones being the more serious ones. Our tutor said that the red ones will usually be the answer, but haven't sat the PSA yet myself

    The other stuff, not as quick to find out
    I'm 99% sure that function isn't enabled for the actual exam - I think the videos on the PSA website explain it.
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    (Original post by Pertie)
    I'm 99% sure that function isn't enabled for the actual exam - I think the videos on the PSA website explain it.
    I just watched the video on the PSA website (using the British National Formulary) and that video refers to the drug interactions tab at the top, i.e. the one in the following list of tabs:
    dashboard>publications>product updates>drug interactions> help

    That drug interactions tab is for Stockleys drug interactions which it says we do not have access to and is something I don't have access to with my NHS athens account.

    However I am referring to is you type in more than one drug in the search bar and then you select interaction from the smaller list of tabs which contain:
    full text>drugs>treatment summaries>medicines>interactions >all publications

    If you select interactions on there then I do have access to that using NHS athens and I was fairly sure that this is separate to Stockley's drug interactions.

    My tutor is one of the standard setters for the PSA and runs the prescribing programme at HYMS and advises us all to use this function in the PSA. I will double check with him but I believe the two different interaction tabs are different and the the second one I mentioned is available.
 
 
 
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