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May 2012, Liverpool

Trainees' Programme

The Focus training day is  organised by the ACB Education Committee.

Sunday 29th April 2012

Trainees' Dinner at the Alma de Cuba
Alma de Cuba, is located in the former St.Peter's Catholic church. It has an eclectic mix of Cuban, Hispanic and Latin American influences that are enhanced with Liverpool's great spirit.

Monday 30th April 2012
This year the focus is on the FRCPath examination. For some, the exam may seem years away but these sessions will aim to equip trainees in those areas of the exam that are difficult to learn and teach.

MORNING SESSION: 0930 - 1230
Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE) preparation
Chair: Hazel Borthwick, ACB Deputy Director for Education, Training and Workforce

A mock OSPE will provide trainees with an insight into this part of the examination and what topic areas may be assessed. Trainees are asked to revise the topics below prior to the day to ensure all participants get the most out of this session.

- Electrophoresis Interpretation
- Xanthochromia Interpretation
- WEQAS EQA Interpretation example
- Metadrenalines, HPLC and Peak Height ratio Interpretation
- Tandem Mass Spectrometry
- Blood gases
- Enzyme activity calculations
- Drugs and the thyroid
- Haemochromatosis Interpretation
- Common case presentations

Microbiology: There will also be mock OSPE for those planning to sit part 2 for either Virology FRCPath or Microbiology FRCPath. Trainees will again be given topics to revise prior to the event.   Trainees are asked to revise the topics below prior to the day to ensure all participants get the most out of the session.

- Infections in Pregnancy
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Molecular diagnosis
- Quality control for the laboratory
- Infection Control


Critical Appraisal Skills
Chair: Sally Benton, Consultant Clinical Biochemist and Regional Tutor for London (North West)

Paper 3 of the FRCPath now involves critically appraising journal articles,
something which can be a tricky task. However, Sally Benton will co-ordinate
an engaging session to ensure trainees have the skills to pass this new part of the exam.

Microbiology: Candidates will be asked to interpret six clinical cases from brief histories and laboratory results, then they must choose two journal articles (out of three provided) on which to answer questions that test their critical skills and their understanding of experimental methods and statistical techniques.


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