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For the first, second and third types of questions, you may sometimes find that more than one of the answer choices could be the correct answer. In this case, you should take into consideration how common each adverse effect or drug interaction is. If they seem equally common, then you should exclude the answer choice that is less likely based on your own understanding of the drugs' pharmacology. There are many textbooks available to help prepare for the PSA, useful for becoming accustomed to the exam structure, common high yield drugs and practising calculations. However, many are set at a level easier than the actual exam. The books I used were:
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You will be asked to choose an appropriate drug or intravenous fluid with its corresponding dose, route, and frequency.
Sometimes different dosages of the same medication are posed as different options in a question so if you are completely sure of the treatment for a condition, the best thing to do is search up the medication on the BNF and select the correct dosage under the indications/dosage section. You will be given a clinical scenario and investigation results. You will be expected to determine the most appropriate next step in management (which may be no change at all). Each answer is composed of several variables (drug description (including form and strength), dose, route & frequency) and therefore, a correct answer can be expressed in a variety of ways, depending on the product selected. Due to the breadth of possible answers, some credit-worthy variations may not be included in a given mark scheme and recognised by the auto-scoring system.
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This section contains calculation questions where you have to calculate the dose, volume or rate of administration of drugs. It is the easiest section to score full marks, as long as you don't make careless mistakes. You should treat the PSA like the final examinations of your medical school. You need to revise your clinical knowledge for the PSA as not all information is available in the BNF. This also reduces the need to refer to the BNF during the PSA, which saves time.There are certain adverse effects and drug interactions that are commonly asked in this section. Try to take note of them when doing practice questions and remember the common drugs involved. Anaphylaxis is an adverse drug effect commonly tested in the PSA, so you have to know its management well.
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There may be more than one correct management options, but one will be better than the others. Ensure that there are no contraindications to a particular management option before selecting it. You can look up the BNF for the contraindications of each drug.Each question in this section will consist of a scenario where a patient is being prescribed a particular drug and you will be asked to decide on what information should be communicated to the patient.