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Glasgow consultancy in Cross sectional imaging!
Bit worrying about how little "word of mouth" information there is about the KBA. Even more so the amount of formal information (let me save you, none)
So here is the informal unofficial pirate information
1. KBA is a short answer question format. NO MCQ (I know right!?!, that's how I trained and practice medicine)
2. If my memory serves me correctly there are 100 points for grabs, I think it was 20 questions with 5 stems. But don't hold me to that but it's that format.
3. The questions are mostly based on investigation results. For example, there will be a clip of an ECG/Echo/CT/MRI/Cath/Pace Maker report. The questions are normally something like "what does this show", "how is it treated", "what are the complications of surgery" "What may one expect post op", "how do you manage this?" Actually it's quite enjoyable, and it's all pretty basic management.
4. There will invariably be a question asking you to calculate the Qp:Qs/PVR on the basis of an assumption of part of the formula. You will have all the information you need. But remember the formulas, I suggest learning how to calculate the Qp:Qs, PVR, TPG.
5. You have to achieve more then 50% (those that mark below enter a "Hunger games/ running man" arena where you push an echo machine up a hill in Hades, only for when you reach the top it rolls all the way back to the bottom, and there are no ECG stickers or Gel on it anyway). If you do get below 50%, you can retake it on another year. If you haven't passed it by ST7, you still might get through, if you take it again, and presumably don't have a terrible attitude to training and don't have glaring gaps anywhere else at ARCP.
6. Dr Bhole marks them, you are unlikely to get them before ARCP, it took a good few months last time. I will have no idea when it is going to get back to you. Probably when Dr Bhole gets a spare minute, which is rare.
7. I studied for it with Park's handbook and a little from Merten and Lai's echo book.
In an effort to share ideas and ways to improve training (an idea of Dr Quyam). I have created a section in the forum section (under resources) of the site where trainees can write about negative and positive training experiences that can then be automatically brought up at the next SAC meeting so that other centres can reduce these elements or implement them and said centre can work on them The idea would be to have a dedicated section in the SAC meetings where this is discussed.