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For investigations, consider the indications for ordering the test and the key findings for common or critical conditions.
In addition to managing the key diagnoses related to each of the presenting problems above, here are some examples of key management issues to think about.
  • Absolute cardiovascular risk edit
  • Anticoagulation edit
  • Antihypertensives edit
  • BP targets edit
  • Compression stockings edit
  • Heart failure self-management edit
  • PBS statin criteria edit
  • Smoking cessation edit
For each diagnosis that arises from your differentials, you can then consider the key signs, investigations and management. This list is by no means exhaustive, but here are a few assorted diagnoses to consider.
  • Achilles tendon xanthomata edit
  • Acute myocardial infarction edit
  • Acute pulmonary oedema edit
  • Acute rheumatic fever edit
  • Anterior STEMI edit
  • Aortic dissection edit
  • Aortic stenosis edit
  • Arterial leg ulcer edit
  • Atrial Fibrillation edit
  • Atrial flutter edit
  • Atrial Myxoma edit
  • Atrial septal defect edit
  • Brugada syndrome edit
  • Brugada syndrome edit
  • Carcinoid syndrome edit
  • Compartment syndrome edit
  • Conn’s syndrome edit
  • Costochondritis edit
  • Deep vein thrombosis edit
  • Essential hypertension edit
  • Haemorrhoids edit
  • Heart failure edit
  • Hypertensive headache edit
  • Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy edit
  • Infective endocarditis edit
  • Inferior STEMI edit
  • Long QT syndrome edit
  • Lymphoedema edit
  • Marfan syndrome edit
  • Masked Hypertension edit
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea edit
  • Paroxysmal SVT edit
  • Patent foramen ovale edit
  • Pericardial tamponade edit
  • Pericarditis edit
  • Phaeochromocytoma edit
  • Renal Artery Stenosis edit
  • Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm edit
  • Short QT syndrome edit
  • Sick sinus syndrome edit
  • Tetralogy of Fallot edit
  • Thrombophlebitis edit
  • Varicose veins edit
  • Ventricular septal defect edit
  • White coat hypertension edit
Foundation topics like anatomy, physiology and embryology are not the main focus of GP fellowship exams. The following are examples of topics that may be useful for quizzing any medical students you are supervising:
  • Atherosclerosis edit
  • Cardiac pressure-volume loops edit
  • Control of BP edit
  • Frank Starling Law edit
  • Head and neck vessels edit
  • Heart anatomy edit
  • Heart conduction system edit
  • Heart embryology edit
  • Heart sounds edit
  • Lower limb circulation edit
  • Lymph and Starling forces edit
  • Renin-Angiotensin system edit
  • Shockable arrest rhythms edit
  • Upper limb circulation edit
Medical students may be more focused on learning basic definitions, aetiology and pathophysiology of specific diagnoses, but registrars need to focus more on clinical problem solving. For each common presenting problem, consider what would be the red flag features, the most common differentials, as well as the most dangerous and most often missed (see Murtagh for more information on this model). For each diagnosis that arises from your differentials, you can then consider the key signs, investigations and management.
Medicine is nebulous with many conditions that arise infrequently in General Practice. These topics are not the main focus of college exams but nonetheless might occasionally appear - just as they can appear in your consultation room on a Friday afternoon. Other topics are so controversial that they are very difficult to examine. Here are some examples of topics that should not be the main focus of your study.
  • Atrial Myxoma edit
  • Brugada syndrome edit
  • Brugada syndrome edit
  • Conn’s syndrome edit
  • Phaeochromocytoma edit

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