Resources for FRCPath part 2 by Dr Katherine Watson, StR, Microbiology

Here are some of the resources that I used in preparation for FRCPath part 2, April 2016 Bristol. One of the most useful things to do is speak to anyone you know who has already sat the exam and ask for all their past questions and tips.

Mycology

http://thunderhouse4-yuri.blogspot.co.uk/ – A Canadian microbiologist’s blog, has some really great photos of fungi, very useful for familiarising yourself with organisms for spotters and the practical. I printed quite a few out and stuck them around the house, after seeing them every day I felt confident at quickly recognising organisms. read more

Preparing for FRCPath part 1 (Microbiology) by Dr Joanna Lumb, StR, Microbiology

RCPath Microbiology Part 1: Hints and Tips
(This was written in 2015, but there are some tips which are still very useful)

Preparing for a professional exam is a long-haul process, taking several months.  As such, normal life needs to continue in the meantime – paid employment, on calls, shopping, cooking, exercise, childcare – and you need to figure out how to stay sane whilst trying to accomplish it all without feeling guilty about not spending every minute of the day revising. read more

Surotomycin

Class: Cyclic lipopeptide. Semisynthetic derivative of daptomycin. Molecular weight: 1680.7 g/mol. It is minimally absorbed from the bowel. Mechanism of action:

Class: Cyclic lipopeptide. Semisynthetic derivative of daptomycin. Molecular weight: 1680.7 g/mol. It is minimally absorbed from the bowel. Mechanism of action:

Basic microbiology: gram positive and gram-negative organisms

“The colour, the shape and the configuration”

  1. The colour

Gram staining is one of the basic staining techniques used in microbiology laboratories. It was discovered by Hans Christian Gram in 1884. This technique uses bacterial property of having peptidoglycan in their cell wall. read more

If you are preparing for FRCPath Microbiology

I get asked frequently what resources do we have to prepare for the examination. Here I have listed some useful information and links that you may want to explore. This list is not a complete list and there are many wonderful resources out there which can help you prepare for the examination. If you find this list useful – please leave a comment. If you know of any other resource that has helped you or you find useful please let me know.

For non-UK trainees/ International graduates (IG), my advise is that please remember this is a UK examination. Hence, you need to know what a UK trainee expected to know and what are the issues we face in the NHS. Your microbiology knowledge is adequate if you have already done post-graduation, but you need to adapt revise those issues more which are common in the UK. For example, you do not need a lot of parasitology, but need to know about infection control. read more