Questions for Wed tut

Here are some questions from Dr Veeren for you to attempt before Wednesday endocrine pharm tut.

1. With regards to patients on Chronic and Recent Steroid Therapy,

a) Why should these patients be given adjuvant steroids?      (10)
b) Draw the steroid biosynthetic pathway. (20)
b) What is your approach to steroid replacement therapy in these patients? (20)

2. A 38 year old female presents for a total thyroidectomy. The patient has no
features of airway or vascular compression. She is clinically and biochemically

a) What are the clinical features of hyperthyroidism? (5)
b) Which drugs would you prescribe preoperatively for this patient? Describe
     in detail. (15)
c) The surgery is booked for the next day. Would you proceed with the case?
     Explain. (5)
d) The patient develops a thyroid storm intraoperatively.
     Briefly discuss the steps you would take in managing this emergency, with
     emphasis on drugs you would use. Include dose, MOA, route of
     administration. (25)

Tutorials for week of 27 October

Hi guys,

There are only 2 tuts this week.

Mon 27: Genetics by Dr Nobbs; CMJAH; 17:00

Wed 28: Endocrine by Dr Veeren; CMJAH; 17:00

Kindests regards,

FCA 1 – admin, MMed etc

Hi guys

Some admin issues:
1. CONGRATULATIONS to the candidates that passed!! Well done and well deserved. To unsubscribe from this blog’s posts, do the following:
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Congratulations! And this weeks tuts

Congratulations to all the guys who made it through their exams. We are all extremely proud! You can officially stop following this blog now.

This weeks tuts are as follows:

Tue 21: Drug interactions by Dr Syed; CMJAH; 17:00

Wed 22: Pacemakers,  defibrillators & diathermy by Dr Vlok; CMJAH; 16:30

Thurs 23: Statistics by Dr Kay; CMJAH; 17:00

Have a great week,

Bumper physics day

I am giving a 3 physics tuts in November. (MRI, A-lines and transducers, neuromuscular function monitors) There was a suggestion that we combine these into one bumper day. The idea would to bring snacks etc and have 3 tuts from 4:30 to 7:30. That way you can have a few wed afternoons off. The plan is for 12 November. This should give those interested in attending time to request not to be on call on that day. You have until the end of the week to state your views and then majority wins. Let me know. Tracy

Tuts for this week

Hi guys,

Here is this weeks tut programme.

Tue 14: Aging & geriatric physiology by Dr du Preez, Bara; 17:00

Wed 15: Humidification, filters & nebulisers by Dr Vlok; CMJAH; 16:30

Thurs 16: Pharmacodynamics by Prof Milner; CMJAH;  17:00

Have a good week,

Change of venue – today’s tut, Wed 8 Oct 2014

Hi guys

Today’s tut by dr Jackson on Low flow anaesthesia, scheduled for 16:30 at CMJAH has moved.

The venue has now moved to BARA, to start preferably at 15:30 (seeing that the meeting got cut short today).

This is a very late notice. If you’re planning to attend, please phone dr Jackson if they need to wait a few minutes (0798620968).

Spread the word!


Tutorials for week of 6 Oct 2014

Hi guys,

There are only 2 tuts this week.

Tue 7: Pregnancy physiology by Dr Kay; CMJAH; 17:00

Wed 8: Low flow anaesthesia by Dr Jackson;  CMJAH;  16:30

Have a great week,