Recommended Topics for PLAB 1 by OHCM and OHCS





Short note by Aleina Badshah
By Dr.Waheed Ullah on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:56pm
These are the topics recommended by Aleina badshah to be reviewed from
OHCM and OHCS

TOPICS THAT MUST BE DONE FROM OHCM:

1) RESPIRATORY SYSTEM:
1. Tests in chest medicine,
2. Pneumonia and specific pneumonias with causative agents,
3. Complications of pneumonia,
4. Lung tumors,
5. Asthma management,
6. COPD

– Again, other topics like cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, sarcoidosis etc
will be covered when u practise loads of questions, but do give a reading
from OHCM and try to keep all important points in mind regarding the
topics that I mentioned because these are volatile topic.

2) ENDOCRINOLOGY:
1. Treatment of diabetes and important cut-off values for FBS, RBS in
impaired glucose tolerance, and DM, and also normal FBS RBS ranges,
2. Interpretation of different TFTs,
3. Thyrotoxicosis,
4. Hypo- and hyper-parathyroidism,
5. Multiple endocrine neoplasias (MEN 1, 2a, 2b),
6. Addison’s disease,
7. Hyperaldosteronism

3) GASTROENTEROLOGY:
1. Dyspepsia and peptic ulcer disease,
2. Constipation,
3. King’s college
4. Cirrhosis,

5. Haemochromatosis,
6. Primary biliary cirrhosis,
7. Primary sclerosing cholangitis,
8. Autoimmune hepatitis,
9. Ulcerative colitis and crohns disease and how to differentiate between
the two,
10. IBS and associated red flags,
11. Coeliac disease,
12. Acute and chronic pancreatitis and how to differentiate between the
two,
12. Alcoholism (V.v.v.important)

4) – NEPHROLOGY:
1. UTIs,
2. haemolytic uremic syndrome,
3. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

5) – CARDIOLOGY:
1. Angina,
2. Acute coronary syndrome (ACS),
3. Complications of MI,
4. Arrhythmias, narrow and broad complex tachycardias, atrial
fibrillation
Topics such as
5-Hypertension,
6-Heart failure,
7-Valve diseases,
8-Infective endocarditis,
9-Rheumatic fever,
10-Pericardial diseases, and
11-Congenital heart diseases have very typical questions that come in
the exam.. So if u solve multiple mocks and papers.. These topics will
be covered sufficiently…No need to do them from oxford if u can’t
manage

6) – HAEMATOLOGY:
1. Anaemias (iron deficiency anemia, anemia of chronic disease,
macrocytic anemia, B12 deficiency and pernicious anemia),,,
2. Leukemias,
3. Myeloma,
4. Amyloidosis
5-Thalassemias,
6-Sickle cell anemia,
7-Hodgkin lymphoma,
8-Non-hodgkin lymphoma and other topics will be covered in MCQs

7) – INFECTIOUS DISEASES:
1. Viral hepatitis,
2. HIV, complications of HIV infection including different infections that
the AIDS pt is prone to at different CD4 counts, along with their
symptomatology,
3. Chlamydia, vaginal discharge and urethritis,
4. Weil’s disease,
5. Lyme disease,
6. Relapsing fever

8) – ONCOLOGY AND PALLIATIVE CARE:
1. Oncology and genetics – pg 524,
2. Oncological emergencies,
3. Palliative care: Principles and symptom relief – pg 532,
4. Palliative care: Pain relief (pg 534-535).. V.v.important

9) – RHEUMATOLOGY:
1. Rheumatoid arthritis,
2. Gout,
3. Calcium pyrophosphate dehydrate arthropathy,
4. Ankylosing spondylitis,
5. Reactive arthritis,
6. Skin manifestations of systemic diseases,
7. Specific diseases and their skin manifestations

10)- SURGERY PORTION:
1. Acute abdomen,
2. Acute pancreatitis,
3. Urinary retention and
4. BPH

11)- CLINICAL CHEMISTRY
1. Acid-base balance,
2. SIADH (v.imp),
3. Metabolic bone diseases (v.v.imp)

12)- EPONYMOUS SYNDROMES
1. Behcet’s disease,
2. Dresslers syndrome,
3. Felty’s syndrome,
4. Gilbert’s syndrome,
5. GBS, Korsakoff’s syndrome,
6. Loffler’s syndrome,
7. Peyronie’s disease,
8. Raynaud’s syndrome,
9. Stevens Johnson syndrome,
10. Wegener’s granulomatosis,
11. Wernicke’s encephalopathy

13)- EMERGENCIES
1) Headache,
2) Anaphylactic shock,
3) Acute coronary syndrome with and without ST elevation,
4) Severe pulmonary oedema,
5) Acute severe asthma,
6) Acute exacerbation of COPD,
7) Status epilepticus,
8) DKA,
9) Other diabetic emergencies,
10) Some specific poisons and their antidotes (pg 854-855),
11) Salicylate poisoning,
12) Paracetamol poisoning,
13) Burns

14)- OBS/GYNAE
1. Renal disease in pregnancy
2. HTN in pregnancy
3. Cervical carcinoma
4. Endometrial carcinoma
5. Endometrial sampling in outpatients
6. Ovarian tumours
7. Ovarian carcinoma
8. Vaginal discharge
9. Pelvic infection
10. Contraception
11. Urinary malfunction

15)- PERDIATRICS
12. Childhood UTIs






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