AKT Tips

This page contains tips to help you revise for the AKT from Abigail Watson:

  • Consider subscribing to Passmedicine - the advice is to go through all the questions at least twice and some of them a third time if possible. It's a very useful website as it links not only to the relevant sections of the curriculum but also to sites such as Progidy and NICE.  It's also a bargain at £30 for 4 months (as at July 2018).
  • Definitely review previous AKT feedback on the RCGP website - don't go back further.
  • Make sure you can work out NNT, positive and negative predictive values, sensitivity, specificilty, risk reductions and know about the different types of charts.  You're not allowed a calculator so you will need to brush up on your maths to convert fractions to decimals, minus and add decimals and divide fractions.
  • The first section of the Oxford Handbook of GP is really useful for all the contract info, sick note info etc.
  • Learn the rules re flying and driving.
  • NICE guidelines for: cancer, heart failure, chest pain, COPD, asthma (inc. paeds), hypertension and diabetes.
  • Difference between impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes.

Useful links:

The online Innovait question bank - you need to have registered to use it and the number you need is on the front of the plastic cover that the Innovait journal comes in. These questions are HARD, but if you work through them it's worth it.

Do the GP Essential Knowledge Updates - and then do them again. The feedback for recent AKT's has said that they advise trainees to use these to revise.

For easy to read, online info about conditions including the current guidelines Prodigy is awesome. http://prodigy.clarity.co.uk/home

Dermatology website - fab resource. http://www.dermnetnz.org/

BNF - book or website. Read and inwardly digest the chapter on palliative care. You need to know a lot about side effects and some about drug interactions. Know the doses for ben pen, adrenaline, piriton and hydrocortisone for babies, children and adults. Know the choking algorhythm. http://www.bnf.org/bnf/index.htm

Good old patient.co.uk  http://www.patient.co.uk/

Useful revision tips http://www.bradfordvts.co.uk/mrcgp/akt/

The key is quality revision as well as quantity. No-one has a concentration span of more than 1 hour without a break!