The Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) is an examination which assesses the necessary knowledge, judgement and skills expected of a foundation year doctor. It is an open book exam based on the competencies identified by the General Medical Council (GMC) with a focus on safe and effective prescribing.
As you are all aware, the PSA is a relatively new examination which has been set out in a format that is quite unfamiliar to most medical students. As a group of recent graduates who have successfully excelled in this examination, we guarantee to provide you with the necessary high quality and high yield information to ensure you succeed in the PSA. Ultimately, this is the only course available that has been formulated by foundation doctors with hands-on experience both from the PSA examination itself as well as from day-to-day prescribing on the wards. Based on this, we have taken the time to combine our experiences to create a course specifically designed to tackle the different areas of prescribing competencies that will be assessed in your forthcoming examination. This will provide you with a solid foundation of prescribing knowledge to allow further focused revision.
We will be providing an intensiveand interactive one day course to cover ALL of the core prescribing curricula for the PSA. This will be clinical scenario based teaching covering the following topics:
- An overview of the PSA examination with familiarisation of the online BNF.
- 'Prescribing' which will involve multiple clinical scenarios which will require you to choose an appropriate drug or fluid to prescribe in the given scenario.
- 'Prescription review' which will require reviewing a given list of prescribed medicines and being able to identify drug errors and drug induced complications.
- 'Planning management' will involve clinical scenarios that requires students to be able to identify the most appropriate initial management for acute medical or surgical presentations.
- 'Providing information' is an area of the prescribing exam which assesses your knowledge of commonly prescribed drugs and your ability to identify important information that needs to be communicated to the patient.
- 'Calculation skills' assesses your ability to calculate appropriate doses and/or rates of medicines and infusions.
- 'Adverse drug reactions' assesses your ability to recognise commonly seen drug interactions and the adverse effects of frequently prescribed medicines.
- 'Drug monitoring' requires an awareness of the importance of drug monitoring for both therapeutic and toxicity purposes.
- 'Data interpretation' is an assessment of your ability to interpret biochemical and haematological data and make prescription changes based on these.
At the end of this session we will provide you with a hand book containing key information with memorable mnemonics to aid your revision.
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