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 Part 1

I get a lot of e-mails from lovely little dentists who worry themselves into all sorts of temporo-mandibular joint dysfunctions. Why, they do they suffer from the classic undergraduate syndrome- most marked by the symptom "Which book has all the answers?"

Well, my little molars- I am afraid one book does not have all the answers. Just like dental school finals- they are looking over a broad spectrum of knowlege. However, they are looking for you to be able to answer questions at a certain level- that level is about the level of someone who has been qualified for a couple of years, knows the score and should have a nice balance of harmony between the academic knowledge and practical application.

Part 1 is definately more sided to the academic knowlege I'd say though. Anyone else found any books that worked well?

Part 1 is to test clinical knowlege. It is a bit of a random exam. In my experience I found that there are a few common topics:

Selection criteria for radiography
The faculty produces a booklet that gives guidance on the type of radiogrpahic examination that should take place for given situations. Questions often gave a clinical scenario of a new patient with a BPE of yyy/yyy. What radiographs would you take? If you are not familiar with when your bitewings should be vertical or horizontal then this book should help :-).

Perio-
Here is a great document. produced by the British Society of Periodontology...
http://www.bsperio.org.uk/publications/downloads/Young_Practitioners_Guide.pdf

Differential diagnosis of tooth pain!
With this its probably good to go over your classic defintitionsof the differential diagnosis' of tooth pain again- its the usual suspects... pulpitis- reversible/irreversible, abscess, apical periodontitis etc.

Fluoride doses for kids.  See link..... http://www.bspd.co.uk/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=BBd3QgpthEE%3d&tabid=62
For more Paediatric stuff see the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry and their list of publications. http://www.bspd.co.uk/Default.aspx?tabid=62

Unwanted effects of medications that a dentist might prescribe.
Stick with the common drugs you are likely to prescribe and know them really well.

Medical emergencies. www.

Antibiotics- properties, indications and contraindications.

Revision?

PasTest
Prior to the eam, we were all gathered, waiting in suspense for the exam to begin. As I skimmed my eyes across the horizon- it seemed everyone had a PasTest book in their hands. My friend had a secret panic because he had never set eyes nor ever possessed one. Did he pass? Yes.
I think the PasTests are OK. Not brilliant, not poor- but OK. They are a nice handy way to revise- full of lots of questions which I think are best in highlighting the areas you need to focus your revision on. I used the PasTest books- I went through all of them and they probably helped a bit. There is probably a bit too much oral surgery/medicine in some of the books-more of a MFDS influence or that some of the authors are Max-fax people.

FGDP publications
I think these are possibly some of the most useful of revision aids. Clearly, not to be used in isolation but cover popular topics in the exam- especially Radiographic Selection Criteria. This might not necessarily be because they have a monopoly on the information- but because the examiners likely have them in their hands whilst they write the exam :-)

Key Skills portfolio
Did they teach you much about RIDDOR as an undergraduate? Hows about naw.
They were too busy teaching us the incidence and features of Acromegaly. Thanks.
Well, anyway the exam has elements of key skills portfolio stuff- that you may well not know unless you have spent a bit of time on. If you haven't got time to do the key skills before hand- a good read of the BDA advice sheets- Cross infection, Health and Safety, Risk assesment are all good.

Undergraduate notes
Depends on how good your undergraduate notes are!

Books
Everyone loves master dentistry. I think the perio section is sweet but the rest of it is OK as more of a quick reference when you want to look something up after a PasTest triggers a moment of doubt. Clinical Problem solving in dentistry is very good and the Paed/ortho version is good too. The clinical problem solving books are even better for revising for part 2.

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