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ESSAY PREDICTIONS FOR SPRING 2004

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Can anyone predict the essays for Spring 2004

My predictions are

Bipolar Affective Disorder

Mood stabilizers

Learning disability

Personality disorder

Child psychiatry - ADHD

Child psychiatry - Conduct disorder

Child psychiatry - psychosis or schizophrenia

Neuropsychiatry - head injury

Neuropsychiatry - epilepsy

Dementia - drugs

Services - learnign disability

Services - child psychiatry

Suicide

Dr Hussain

Ireland

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Hi child psych,

you have covered ICD in above,but i felt essays are not at all Disease centred but are 'hot topic 'centred.

so need for additions of 'psychotherapies',debatable treatment issues-early intervention,user perspectives etc are coming in.Psychiatrist as a manager is an interresting perspective

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my predictions--

1.service development learning disbility

2.ptsd and asylum seekers

3.mood stabilisers and bipolar affective disorder

4.behavioural management of difficult children

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My predictions are :

1.  The use of ECT should be restricted inview of the significant risk of COGNITIVE IMPAIREMENT. Discuss with reference to the literature& NICE guidelines

2. CBT for psychosis.

3.Psychotropic literature in recent years has become very concerned with the cardiac safety of some atypical antipsychotics. Discuss.

4.Comorbidity ofsubstance misuse & mental illness.

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Comorbidity may be right choice but as for psychotherapies - psychotherapy for old age was in Autumn 2003 so its highly unlikely that psychotherapy would be repeated again in Spring 2004

I did not repeat the whole ICD as someone said but only those issues which have not come in essays uptil know

in Autumn 2004 issues were

old age

psychotherapies

social phobia

PTSD

Service issues

so therefore psychotherapy may not come again

Bipolar is a very hot topic pus the mood stabilizers

NICE guidelines or guidelines as such may come discussing their importance - See Autumn 2000 where EBM was discussed

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I feel in my waters, v strongly,

!. Stigma (how to reduce etc, RCPsych campaign)

2. Role of genetics in psychiatry incl ethics

3. Services for asylum seekers

4, Sexuality and need for specialist services (New special intrerest gp in RCPsych)

5. Psychotherapy in LD (Conference this yr by RCPsych)/

I so dont want to do this again...

Elvis 8)

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Elvis I agree with your prediction about GENETICS and ethics or role of genetics in psychiatry

Psychotherapy , I am not sure because in Autumn there was question on psychotherapy in old age. So I am not really sure whether psychotherapy could be repeated so rapidly.

As for services for asylum seekers I am not sure that such a question is feasible becuase realise that when they set the paper they have to consider that there are candidates in Ireland and Hongkong who would also be taking the examination.

Stigma can be a good guess. I agree with that

But there are two broad topics in Speciality

1. Learning Disability

2. Addiction Psychiatry

Others can be

child psychiatry

Drugs

Mood stabilizers

Old age drugs

ECT

Let us see what happens

Hussain

Ireland

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Good choices. I would wager on:

1. Sexuality and mental health (in the syllabus plus new RCPsych interest gp set up)

2. Service provision for Learning Disabilities (incorp NSF for LD and old age)

3. Some sort of Genetics question (long overdue)

4. Stigma (RCPsych campaign plus media involvement)

5. Some sort of Substance misuse question incorporating a population subgroup e.g LD (long overdue)

Whatever the title, it will be infuriatingly broad, no doubt. Those are the ones I want in if I have to resit in the spring anyroad....

Elvis ;)

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try and give up predicting,the probability is aganist u

if one prepares for set topics ,one narrows down ones preparation

read broadly ,thatll prepare u for any eventuality

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Mental health and services for Refugees and asylum seekers is something that has been expected to come up for sometime.Might come up next time.I agree we need to be open and not restrict to only hot topics.This exam is soooo different to what I thought!!

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I am quite confident that at least one essay will have some vague relevance to psychiatry, other than that I have given up predicting refugees as it has not come up for several years!

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Predicting essays is historically unreliable .

However predicting essays does serve to sharpen the mind and this is useful when practising essay plans . I suggest that you read APT, BJP , Bullitin for the past year assuming the exam is set about 3 months in advance . Make a list of about 10 subjects based on review articles , meta analyses , RCTs then narrow this down to about 5 . Attend a revision course eg Manchester and check your spots against their spots .

Closer to the exam , prepare and learn about 4 mind maps and learn a method of brain storming . I reccommend 'Passing the Essay' by Trigwell .

At the end of the day you never get your spots but you arrive adequately prepared and with a bit of good luck you should be able to wing it on at least one essay .

Remember you are not expected to write a journal article and you are not even expected to quote references for a pass . Putting a well thought out argument across divided into intro , body and conclusion is vital . First of all having chosen an essay you begin spending at least 30 minutes planning your essay by reproducing a mind map from your brain storming during your first 5 to 10 minutes . Then go for it !

Illegibility is penalised ( really you can fail because of it) so I suggest you write in double spacing for those challenged in that regard like myself .

It is vital to have a method to begin with and Trigwells book puts this to good use

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Yes I agree about presentation I also spent a bit of time on planning do not scribble your plan somertimes it may help them to see wot your plans are

I beccame a school boy took some felt pens underlined sub headings (color coded) so they know which stage they are in the essay

clear legible writing is essential no need to write volumes i wrote about 8 and half sides(4pages)

make the conclusion personal and interesting and actually spend five minutes formulating your conclusion because hopefully 90% of examiners will read it!!!! and it should be a clincher

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Good point but as the syllabus is so wide I feel that trying to predict is inevitable. It would be nice to know it all in the detail to write a good essay on any subject, but that's just not realistic.

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predicting essays just won't work. you can easily predict that absolutely anything could come up. there is no reason why just cos a particular topic has come up it wont come up again with a slightly different slant. if you neglect a big area like psychotherapies, just because it came up in a very limited way last time you could limit your essay choice to just two. if you have a broad base of factual knowledge and clinical experience as well as the ability to extrapolate from one area into another you will be ok.

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i doubt things like NICE guidelines will come up, remember this is not an exam solely for those in the region covered by NICE. same appilies for new mental health act. i also can't see that there will be a question on particular classes of drugs without some kind of twist on it (eg like essay club no 40). a straightforward question on drugs is too easy, there is no arguement or thinking involved it's just a list of evidence which the colleges essay guidelines say they dont want, they want you to present an arguement and draw conclusions from it.

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theres no point predicting essays.

I take the view that by summarising abstracts in the various journals over the past 24 months, practising critical appraisal and the knowledge picked up in the job should at least help me write something !

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???My predictions would be

SERVICES FOR LD

Bipolar affective disorder

Child - Anorexia and services

Suicide

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Hi folks, I think one of the hot topic for spring2004 has to be about 'role of psychiatrists in suicide prevention and how to modify existing services to achieve the target set by govt......'

what do u think?

::)

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Suicide always a good bet especially as you can mak it a service provision essay. Look at manchestercourse stuff on this, excellent guidelines

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I think in terms of a good service provision essay, suicide is too obvious a topic. They asked us all about it in medical school and part one and I have lost count of how many talks/lectures I have attended since the 1999 Report.

From 'Prevention in Psychiatry' ( Ed: Paykel & Jenkins), Gaskell, other prevention topics they cite are:

- affective disorders

- schizophrenia

- anxiety disorders

- eating disorders

- drug and alcohol-related problems

- child psychiatry

- mental handicap

- old age psychiatry

- forensic psychiatry

- somatisation

- primary care

I think services for learning disabilities , carers and refugees/asylum seekers are well overdue (i.e i have good plans on these and not the rest). Heck, what do I know. Like there is any pattern to what the College do..

Elvis :-/

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but manchester is stil a good outline for service provision. Dont get too hung up on content and specific topics! You really need to know very little, what you do need though (and I passed with this!) is that an essay is basically an argument of a few good points. Make them what you will but dont list and dont forget humans need to read them and my god they have a lot to read. Dont be flippant but dont be Dull, this is a reflection of your personality and for all their apparent indifference the college want good communicators who reason with available data. You see easy (LOL)

Have belief in yourselves, write an essay on something you have wathed on TV eg Eastenders vs Corrie 'What is the relative merit of including a seril kiler in soaps' You may never have seen either but I reckon you could write a shit hot essay on it! Test yurself!

also PS never put a graph etc in DULL and they always look silly!!!!!!!

Ok now you can spend weeks arguing with me!! It is good for your technique

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