The RCGP Insider's Guide to the CSA for the MRCGP gives candidates a unique understanding of the CSA exam. The insider authors range from a GP who sat the CSA, to a CSA examiner and case writer, and to researchers who have looked thoroughly at the exam. For the first time, ideas on communication based on evidence from the exam itself are presented, rather than an idealised view of what commentators think should happen. The book provides practical tips on what to expect on the day of the exam and busts some of the myths about the CSA. It also gives useful advice on conducting the CSA cases, not only showing how candidates typically structure the ten-minute consultation but also describing occasions when flexibility is needed. Drawing on many hours of CSA video, the book's recommendations are based directly on findings from real candidate performances. In particular, the authors look at the skills and strategies used by successful candidates. Transcripts of real candidate talk are presented, giving readers an accurate feel of the exam. The book includes two entire practice circuits with cases carefully selected to represent a normal CSA exam.
Paperwork demonstrates typical case notes that a candidate will be given, the marking criteria used by the examiners, and the directions role-players receive before performing as patients. This means the reader can also try out the role of a CSA examiner - a real insider's perspective of what the examiners will be looking for! A hundred short ideas for additional cases are also given for readers to develop further practice cases. Readership Trainee GP candidates preparing to take the RCGP CSA exam.
History and design of the CSA, and how it fits with the other parts of the MRCGP. The structure of and principles behind the CSA. How the examiners mark the CSA. Information and tips on preparation, including practice consultations and what to expect on the day. Dispelling myths about the CSA and highlighting truths that need to be taken into account. A look at the structure of the exam, including complex cases. with reference to candidate transcripts. The five phases of the consultation: opening; data-gathering; physical examination; explanation; and treatment. Exercises, key concepts and top tips. Two complete case circuits with advice on how to practise them. The cases contain notes for the candidate, notes for the role-player and the examiner's marking sheet. 100 short case suggestions based on the RCGP curriculum.