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21 minutes | Dec 8, 2022
Abdominal & Pelvic Anatomy with Dr. David Monks
The liver, ureters and branches of the aorta! Dr. David Monks joins me for episode 24 to chat about SUPER HIGH YIELD things that exist in the abdomen & pelvis. I've worked to condense a relatively massive topic into some streamlined but hard hitting questions with all the details in there. Anatomy is such an image heavy topic - so I have put a heap of pics of my notes on the episode webpage including some of the images we talk about during this episode.
28 minutes | Oct 14, 2022
23. Endocrine & GIT Pharmacology with Dr. Hannah Walravens
Insulin, thyroid drugs and all the magic of corticosteroids! For this episode Dr. Hannah Walravens joins me after a nightshift to go through some details of pharmacology. This is a small but mighty topic as these are some of the most common drugs we prescribe in the ED. You can find out more about Hannah and her elite Quidditch (!!) by following her on Twitter @hannahwalravensAs usual, please send me your feedback/comments/questions via the website or via Twitter & don't forget to donate 5 bucks to Primary Cast to help keep it online via www.buymeacoffee.com/PrimaryCast
24 minutes | Jun 16, 2022
22. Pathology of Healing, Immunity and Neoplasia with Dr. Weeda Beg
Wound healing, hypersensitivity and paraneoplastic syndromes. Look... it's a pretty dry episode but you have to know it for the exam so here we are. I'm joined by the wonderful Dr. Weeda Beg to go through some of those questions that are just really hard to get motivated for. Hypersensitivity and paraneoplastic syndromes come up ALL the time in the viva so this is not one to miss.
33 minutes | Apr 9, 2022
21. Endocrine Physiology with Dr. Nick Lelos
Thyroid hormones, calcium homeostasis and more feedback loops than any of us know what to do with. Dr Nick Lelos is back for another round, adding his trademark historical tidbits to the session on endo physiology. Yes, this episode has come out quicker than usual because I'm trying to get some extra ones out there before the viva in May! If you appreciate the podcast and find it useful, please consider supporting via https://www.buymeacoffee.com/primarycastAs usual, you can find the study notes online at https://www.acemprimarypodcast.com/episode21
42 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
20. Head and Neck Anatomy with Dr. Sophie Richards
Orbits, neck triangles and more foramina than you can handle...Dr. Sophie Richards is in the podcast studio to discuss all things head and neck anatomy. Another HUGE topic and one that I found particularly challenging. Listen to the end to find out which of these questions literally brought me to tears, then learn how to answer it! Study notes are available at https://www.acemprimarypodcast.com/episode20 and include ALL my hand drawn stuff from these weeks. Don't forget you can now support the podcast at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/primarycast :)
32 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
19. What If You Fail? with Dr. Sarah Stewart
It happens to most of us at some point in our careers, but what is it actually like to fail the Primary Exam? The enigmatic Dr. Sarah Stewart was kind enough to join me on this episode to discuss her experience failing the MCQ. We discuss how she navigated the path to re-sitting as well as some of the mental gymnastics that goes along with that. Sarah is the kind of person you want in your corner when life is not going how you planned it, so this is essentially the pep talk we all need right now. For those who have failed, who know someone who has failed or who just need some reassurance that everything will come out in the wash.
32 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
18. Nervous System Physiology with Dr. Aruna Shivam
Action potentials, neurotransmitters and nystagmus! Dr. Aruna Shivam is back for Episode 18 to chat about her favourite subject. We cover all of the 'must know' bits as well as a few of the more obscure but still possible questions from this area. I also give an update on how you can help support the podcast in order to keep it online as a free resource - check out more at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/primarycast
26 minutes | Oct 31, 2021
17. Infectious Diseases Pathology with Dr. Josh Monester
Staph, Strep and maybe even COVID...? Josh is BACK to cover the infectious diseases section of pathology. Most of these questions are about pathogenesis, clinical features and outcomes. There are quite a few 'regulars' in this topic - that is, many of these questions have come up across multiple years. We also reckon that the structure and clinical features of COVID might be far game within the next few years given *all of this* going on right now. Check out the transcript and study notes from this episode at https://www.acemprimarypodcast.com/episode17
19 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
16. Analgesic & Anti-Inflammatory Pharmacology with Dr. Shireen Gujral
Ibuprofen, paracetamol and fentanyl! Dr. Shireen Gujral joins me today to discuss some pharmacology. This is Shireen's second visit to the podcast after joining me back in episode 8. It's a bit of a shorter one this time around because it's the week before the exam and I'm sure everyone's attention span is waning. You might hear that we kept in a bit more from the recording than I had originally intended...because who needs to take themselves too seriously these days? I hope it brings you all a bit of a laugh and some comfort in the week leading up to the exam. Keep up the good work and don't forget to be kind to yourself. - Charlotte :) Find the study notes for this topic on the blog at https://www.acemprimarypodcast.com/episode16
29 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
15. Lower Limb Anatomy (Part 2) with Dr. Anna Morgan
Menisci, cruciate ligaments and the muscles of the leg! Dr. Anna Morgan is back for the long awaited (at least by me) second instalment of Lower Limb Anatomy. Despite my persisting inability to say 'fibula trochlear' as part of an answer, we managed to get this one done just in time for those sitting their vivas this month.
35 minutes | Aug 15, 2021
14. Gastrointestinal Pathology with Dr. Kristian Heise
Hepatitis, cholecystitis and ischaemic gut! Episode 14 is jam-packed full of high yield path that is not only super relevant for the exam but is also kind of handy for your clinical life, too. I was joined by the effervescent & charming Dr. Kristian Heise, who divides his time between being an emergency registrar, an obstetric registrar and a fabulous 70's DJ at all our parties. For the transcript and study notes from this episode visit https://www.acemprimarypodcast.com/episode14Please leave a review if you enjoy the podcast :)
26 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
13. Cardiac and Circulatory Physiology with Dr. Nicola Pearson
Blood pressure, ECGs and the cardiac cycle! For this episode I am joined by Dr. Nicola Pearson, an ACEM trainee who has passed her primaries and is currently rotating to ICU. There are a few important diagrams to know in this topic so don't forget to check out the study notes on the website at https://www.acemprimarypodcast.com/episode13
32 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
12. Thoracic Anatomy with Dr. Aruna Shivam
Great vessels, lungs and the thoracic inlet! For episode 12 I am joined by Dr. Aruna Shivam to cover all the big topics from the bones, vessels, muscles and organs of the thorax. These come up so often, so you really have to have these ready to go without having to think about them. The images we reference in the episode can be found in the study notes.
56 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
11. Neuro Pharmacology with Dr. Nick Lelos
Local anaesthetics, nitrous and ketamine! Dr Nick Lelos joins me to discuss all things neuro pharmacology. Nick is an ED registrar who is interested in trauma, speaks multiple languages and reckons studying for the primary is worse than learning Russian. Go figure. As usual, the transcript from this show can be found on the website as well as my own study notes from when I covered this topic for my primary exam. Episode web page: https://www.acemprimarypodcast.com/episode11
40 minutes | May 16, 2021
10. Insights from an ACEM Examiner with Dr. Nadi Pandithage
Have you ever wondered what your examiner is thinking? Well, luckily for you my guest for episode 10 is Dr. Nadi Pandithage, an ACEM examiner, emergency consultant (FACEM) and all around wonderful human being. She gives a great talk to the Darwin primary cohort about how to answer questions in a way that gets you the most marks in the shortest period of time. I LOVED this talk and so I asked her to join me for an episode so I can help her share these lessons with more candidates. Nadi would love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment or review I can pass on to her.
39 minutes | May 2, 2021
9. Renal Physiology with Dr. Josh Monester
Sodium handling, renin release and calculating the GFR! For episode 9, Dr. Josh Monester joins me again to discuss the function of nephrons and the cool things they get up to. Some of these answers are a bit longer than you'd be expected to give in your exam, but we thought the extra explanation was worth it. There are heaps of notes on the episode webpage from my own revision - as well as a transcript of this episode.
37 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
8. Cardiovascular Pharmacology with Dr. Shireen Gujral
Calcium channel blockers, adenosine and digoxin toxicity (which is very hard to say quickly!) For episode 8, I am chatting with my friend and colleague Dr. Shireen Gujral. Shireen joins me in the pillow fort studio whilst preparing for her own Primary Viva exam in the coming months. Shireen originally moved to Darwin for her interest in emergency trauma management. When she isn't at work or revising, she enjoys getting out for a swim and playing with her dog. We cover a lot of content here which can be found on the website at www.acemprimarypodcast.com/episode8
30 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
7. Lower Limb Anatomy (Part 1) with Dr. Anna Morgan
Hip ligaments, the femoral triangle and the sciatic nerve! In this episode I am joined by emergency registrar and waterfall expeditionist Dr. Anna Morgan to break down some of the SUPER HIGH YIELD content from the lower limb.Study Notes (including BONUS doodles) available at http://acemprimarypodcast.com/episode7Feedback? Suggestions? Leave a comment on the episode or fill out a contact form here
34 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
6. Cellular Injury and Inflammation with Dr. Janet Boromeo
Apoptosis, inflammatory mediators and cellular adaptations! For this episode I am lucky to be joined by the wonderful Dr. Janet Boromeo to tackle one of the more dry topics of this exam. Luckily, there are only so many questions they can ask you on this topic and we have recorded most of them for you here. You're welcome! The Study Notes for this episode can be found at: https://www.acemprimarypodcast.com/episode6
33 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
5. Study Break - Can You Have A Life While Studying For This Exam? with Dr. Mel McNiff
Is it really the 'thousand hour exam'? People will tell you that in order to pass the ED primary, you must give up your entire life to study. Dr. Mel McNiff joins me in this episode to explain how (and why) she thought 'bugger that' and took on her first ever half-ironman triathlon at the same time as the exam. In this episode we cover the ups and downs of exam preparation, some realistic approaches to revision timetabling, what it's like preparing for a sporting event you've never done before, and how to make the work and study balance work for you. I really loved recording this one and I think you'll enjoy listening!
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