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For investigations, consider the indications for ordering the test and the key findings for common or critical conditions.
  • Breast screening edit
  • Cervical screening edit
  • Day 21 progesterone edit
  • FSH/LH edit
  • GTT edit
  • HPV testing edit
  • Non-invasive prenatal testing edit
  • Pelvic ultrasound edit
  • Prolactin edit
  • Vaginal / endocervical swab edit
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.
  • Breastfeeding advice edit
  • Chaperones edit
  • Contraceptive advice edit
  • Emergency contraception edit
  • HRT edit
  • Implanon insertion edit
  • Medical termination of pregnancy edit
  • Mirena insertion / removal edit
  • Postnatal check edit
  • Preconception advice edit
  • Prescribing in pregnancy edit
  • Routine antenatal care 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.
  • Adenomyosis edit
  • Anti-mullerian hormone edit
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome edit
  • Breast cancer edit
  • Chancroid edit
  • Chlamydia edit
  • Cholestasis of pregnancy edit
  • DCIS edit
  • Donovanosis edit
  • Eclampsia edit
  • Ectopic pregnancy edit
  • Endometriosis edit
  • Factor V leiden edit
  • Fibroadenoma edit
  • Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome edit
  • Galactocele edit
  • Gestational diabetes edit
  • Gestational hypertension edit
  • Gestational thrombocytopenia edit
  • HELLP syndrome edit
  • Hyperemesis gravidarum edit
  • IUGR edit
  • Macrosomia edit
  • Oligohydramnios edit
  • Ovarian cancer edit
  • Paget’s disease of the nipple edit
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease edit
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome edit
  • Pre-eclampsia edit
  • Rh incompatibility edit
  • Trichomoniasis edit
  • Vulvar vestibular syndrome 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:
  • Menstrual cycle edit
  • Reproductive anatomy 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.
  • Amenorrhoea edit
  • Breast lump edit
  • Breast pain edit
  • Domestic violence edit
  • Dysmenorrhoea edit
  • Dyspareunia edit
  • Genital ulcers edit
  • Hot flushes edit
  • Menorrhagia edit
  • Nipple pain in breastfeeding edit
  • Oligomenorrhoea edit
  • Post Menopausal Bleeding edit
  • Prolapse edit
  • PV discharge edit
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.
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