Lliam to the rescue

Ok. Dr Brannigan has kindly agreed to give a tut this afternoon after the combined meeting at the college. Please spread the word. So to reiterate, there WILL be a tutorial ts afternoon.


Diary failures

Due to a diary failure, today’s tut is cancelled postponed
I can accept no responsibility for this, but offer my apologies, especially in the context of last week’s meeting.
Mock questions to follow either later today, or tomorrow.
Once again, I am sorry that you are being let down again

Tutorials Week 25 June 2012

Sorry for the late notice about this week’s tuts


They will be as follows


Tomorrow(Wednesday) – Dr Wagner will do Renal Functional Anatomy after the combined meeting at the College

Thursday – Dr Ortega – CCF and Shock – at Bara 17h00




Mock questions – Week of 18 June

Mock questions from this week. Now bear in mind that these are from the top of my head, but I am trying to pitch them at the exam level. The closer you are to writing, the more time you should spend doing this. If you are writing now, then take the full 40min per question.  If you are writing later, then perhaps spend 10 min writing a plan.



1. Write notes on the measurement of lung volumes. Include ALL currently used techniques (25)

2. Draw diagrams indicating the ventilator graphics for the following ventilatory modes

  • Volume Control
  • Pressure Control
  • Airway Pressure Release ventilation  (15)

3. Draw and annotate a diagram of the circle system (5)

4. List 5 potential complications which could arise when a circle system is used. (5)



1. Discuss the synthesis and metabolism of catecholamines (30)

2. Write notes on

  • Levosimendan
  • Dobutamine
  • Digoxin
  • Angiotensin-2 Receptor Antagonists (20)



1. Draw LV compliance curves for the following cardiac conditions

  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Mitral Regurgitation (15)

2. What is the Munro-Kelli Hypothesis? (3)

3. List the factors which govern intracranial pressure (12)

4. Discuss the role of cardiac reflexes in maintenance of Cardiac Output (20)


Rough stuff I know. But lots of these have come up. Enjoy.

As usual, feedback is welcome.



Update – tutorial program

Pursuant to today’s meeting with Prof Lundgren, the registrars and the coordinators of the teaching program, there will be some changes to how we do things.
First things first – Dr Radford has agreed to do his tut at 17:00 at CMJAH on Friday. The tut will be the one that should have happened last week.

Secondly, I will peruse the tutorial program and make the day changes we discussed today. Those being that there will be (as far as possible) one tutorial on Wednesday and one on either Tuesday or Thursday (tutor dependant). Obviously from time to time there will be Friday tutorials to accommodate those tutors who are only available on Fridays.

Thirdly, and not to put to fine a point on this.. You all know how to get hold of myself or Dr Wels. I was deadly serious in the meeting today when I said that I want feedback. I am not quite sure how to convince people that there will be no victimisation and no prejudice against people who give constructive and honest feedback. Help us to help you pass. My door is always open so please chat to me or Dr Brannigan or Dr Wels if you have concerns. Our aim is to get you through this rite of passage with as little pain and suffering as possible.

I will start to post questions again tomorrow. Please avail yourselves of the opportunity to get us to look at your answers, if for no other reason than to practice.



Urgent Update – Wednesday and Friday Tuts this week


Quick update today-

There will be ONE tutorial this wednesday afternoon – Dr A Moodley on Transcapillary exchange. This will follow Prof Lundgren’s meeting which will occur directly after the combined meeting at the CMSA

On Friday, Dr Radford will do his tut from last week – 16h00 at CMJAH.


Week 18-22 June


Just to confirm tuts for this week. Currently there will be a tut with Dr Alli on Exercise at 17h00 at CMJAH on Tuesday 19 June.

Wednesday there are 2 tuts scheduled but I think one will have to fall away due to the meeting. Will organise and confirm later.

I will ask Dr Radford to please give his tut from last week on Friday at CMJAH.

Till later.


Amendment – 11 June week

Hi. Quick note – The tut on Exercise has been rescheduled to Tuesday 19 June at 17h00 at CMJAH.

Tutorials – week of 11 June

Quick note about tuts this week

No tut tomorrow

Thursday 14 June – Dr Ahmad Alli – Exercise

Friday 15 June – Dr Howard Radford – regulation of the peripheral circulation.

A reminder to ensure that the roster makers at the various sites know about your exam writing plans.

This week 4 June

There is a combined meeting on Wednesday at the college.
Dr Madlener is presenting inotropes.
Dr Radford will present cardiac output measurement on Friday at 17 h00 at the CMJAH.
Attendance at the tuts has been crap…. A reminder that we will cancel them if attendance continues to be poor.