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Hello from GPTEC 2018!

I’m in Adelaide for the the GPTEC conference on September 11-13. To mark the occasion I’m giving this site a few updates, including several new features as well as bring back some old favourites. Although GP trove started out as a website by-and-for GP registrars, I’m still going to continue it now I’m a GP supervisor and soon-to-be OSCE marker. There will be more focus on knowledge and skill building (and maintenance) instead of just practice exam questions though. The Daily Dozen is back by popular request (see below), but I plan to improve this by moving more towards better targeted study points and key pitfalls over time. The link library has been refreshed with some new additions and a better layout. There is plenty more to do to organise these resources, but hopefully this is a step in the right direction.

If you’re a registrar or other exam candidate preparing for FRACGP exams, this site will continue to offer an array of free resources to help you, including the exam guide and the popular Decoding the KFP guide. Before you all write in to complain (again), the old array of Murtagh’s triads and the spot diagnosis quizzes have not disappeared, they have been integrated into the category pages (e.g. Skin, Eyes). That said, I do like hearing from you all, so any time you spot something that needs fixing, have an idea for something new, or want to request the reappearance of something old, please use the feedback form.

As always, there is nothing for sale here, there are no pirated exam prep resources allowed and the quizzes on this site are just for fun. I do it because it lets me try out ideas and learn how to make stuff. Plus a surprising number of you all keep visiting so something must be working. Enjoy!


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The Daily Dozen - Tuesday, 25th September 2018.

John, age 74, complains of sudden painless loss of vision in one eye. He has also had bilateral muscle aches lately. He has scalp tenderness and pain with chewing. ESR and CRP are elevated.
Temporal arteritis. The arteritis has lead to a swollen optic disc and infarction, causing irreversible visual loss. High dose steroids and temporal artery biopsy within a week, as the contralateral optic nerve is also at risk.

Jonathon Trobe University of Michagen Kellogg Eye Center

Neonatal hypotonia + failure to thrive + obesity (later)
Murtagh's Triads
Joe, age 74, presents with confusion, headache, visual agnosia and dizziness. Pupils react normally to light. He is found to have a left homonymous hemianopia.
Posterior stroke. Stroke in the vertebrobasilar circulation. The fundoscopy is normal.

Jonathon Trobe University of Michagen Kellogg Eye Center

Blood in stool + abdominal discomfort + change in bowel habit
Murtagh's Triads
Larry, age 50, presents for a routine eye examination. He is systemically well.
Choroidal melanoma. There is a malignant melanoma.

Jonathon Trobe University of Michagen Kellogg Eye Center

Bruising + oral bleeding + epistaxis
Murtagh's Triads
What is the chest compression ratio for adults? Is it the same or different for a child?
30:2 (compressions: breaths) in adults, 15:2 in children for trained health professionals.
Finger discomfort + arthralgia + reflux (+/- skin tightness)
Murtagh's Triads
Judy, age 60, complains of a large sore red swollen lump on the inner corner of her right eye. If she presses on it, some pus-like discharge comes out. Judy has a history of chronic sinusitis.
Dacryocystitis. There is an inflamed swelling over the lacrimal sac and surrounding tissue. This can be due to chronic sinusitis, trauma or cancer blocking the nasolacrimal duct.

Jonathon Trobe University of Michagen Kellogg Eye Center

Transient amaurosis fugax or dysphasia or hemiplegia
Murtagh's Triads

Toddler (12-18 months) Preventive Health Check

Assessment
  • ‘Lift the lip’ dental check
  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Risk of iron depletion and vitamin D deficiency
  • Developmental progress including vision and hearing
  • Family functioning
Preventive counselling and advice
  • Social and emotional wellbeing
  • Toilet training
  • Behaviour management techniques
Facies + growth retardation + microcephaly
Murtagh's Triads
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