What topics to study for the FRACGP Exams?

Congratulations to all GP registrars who sat the 2017.1 FRACGP exams last Saturday, 4 February 2017.

Well done on all your hard work and study over the past six to 12 months!

As we pass another round of AKT / KFP exams, we can now look forward to preparation for the next round of FRACGP exams in 2017.2, which is just over five months away on 15 July 2017.

So, what are the key topics to prepare for the FRACGP Exams?

It's like the million-dollar question ... give me the answers to pass the exams?! If only there was a straight answer and that simple...

And that is much like being a General Practitioner in an everyday practice. The challenges, problems and key features that patients bring to us are varied from simple to challenging, from paediatrics to geriatrics. It is what makes GP such a great job (in my opinion!)

There are however, a few very valuable resources provided by the RACGP to help you get started in preparing for the FRACGP exams...one being a very useful article that outlines the Top 30 problems accounted for in the BEACH data and also 48% of GPs problems managed.

For those starting out in their FRACGP AKT and KFP study and preparation, I think the "Top 30 BEACH most frequently managed problems by GP" is a great place to start for your exam preparation.

Get the top 30 and I would then recommend rating your current knowledge and experience with each of them. 

This will help guide you planning out your approach to study - hopefully you need less time on those topics you know well and have lots of confidence in managing.. And more time on those.

Below are the 30 frequently managed problems are outlined in the RACGP's article within Volume 42 No. 1 of the January/February 2013 Edition of Australian Family Physician (AFP) as referenced by the RACGP's publication of the data collected by GPs of patients between the years of 2005 - 2010:

It is wise to read this AFP article and work through some of these topics for your KFP study and preparation:

  • http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2013/januaryfebruary/common-general- practice-presentations/

The full article can be found here:

  • http://www.racgp.org.au/download/Documents/AFP/2013/January/February/201301cooke.pdf

These topics should be placed within your overall approach to covering the bredth of GP.

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Good luck and good preparing!

Dr Tom


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