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How to prepare for TRAS (Ireland) Exam?

Author: altafnaqvi, Posted on Sunday, November 20 @ 01:24:52 IST by RxPG  

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TRAS Examination, TRAS (Temporary Registration Assessment Scheme), Ireland is required for overseas doctors wishing to practise in Ireland. The Medical Council will not accept that any doctor possesses the requisite knowledge, skill and language proficiency unless he/she has passed or has been exempted from the Temporary Registration Assessment Scheme (TRAS) conducted by, or on behalf of, the Ireland Medical Council. The TRAS assesses the ability of the doctor to practise as a Senior House Officer, in a safe manner, under consultant supervision.

It consists of three parts:
1. IELTS – 7 overall bands is mandatory and minimum 6 based in any module.
2. Written MCQs (IMP. Topics are also attached with) 90% MCQ’s will be from these topics and your 100% Viva will also be from these topics.
3. OSCE. This part contains different stations and sample papers for OSCE are also attached with this material.

The most important thing is your presentation and confidence.

TRAS Part 1 - Topics
Psychiatry Important topics for TRAS examination
1. Alzheimer’s disease
2. Anorexia nervosa
3. ECT – indications and its contradictions
4. Clozapine and Resperidone
5. Temporal lobe epilepsy
6. Obsessive thoughts
7. Delirium
8. Anxiety neurosis
9. Enuresis
10. Hallucinations
11. Puerperal psychosis
12. Mania and hypomania
13. Schizophrenia – 1st Rank Symptoms
14. Tricyclic antidepressants
15. Depression and its types, clinical features
16. Post traumatic stress disorders
17. Suicide
18. Bulimia nervosa
19. Alcohol dependence – CAGE questionnaire
20. Smoking – How to quit it
21. Psychotherapies – it’s types

1. Normal and abnormal menstruation
2. Amenorrhoea
3. Menorrhagia
4. Menopausal syndrome
5. HRT – side effects
6. Oral contraceptives – side effects
7. Abortion
8. Ectopic pregnancy
9. Trophoblastic diseases
10. Ca Cervix
11. Cervical biopsy – how to do it.
12. Ca – endometrium, Procedure, indication
13. Endometrial sampling
14. Endometriosis – Prolapse
15. Contraception (very, very important, everything about contraception – full question is must in every aspect about it)
16. Urinary malfunctioning
17. PID

The most important topics which one cannot miss, one should always keep by learnt is “the medical pages of Oxford Lard Book of Medicine”
Otherwise very common topics from different chapters of Oxford are:
CVS: - MI, Angina, ASD, VSD, MS, MI, SBE, and Myocardial Diseases.
CNS: - Stroke, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Meningitis, Glasgow Coma Scale, CSF compositions, different Diseases.
Rheumatoid: - RA, OA, Arterial spondylosis, SLE, Gouty arthritis, Giant all arthritis
Respiratory: - PFT’s, COPD, Asthma, CA bronchus, CF, Fibrosing Alveolitis, Bronchoectasis, Plural effusions, Pneumothorax
GIT: - Dysphagia, APD, Upper and lower GIT bleeding, Diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis
Nephrology: -Urine/E
ARF, CRF, Glumerulonephrosis, Nephrotic
Syndrome, Nephrotoxic drugs
Blood: - Anaemias
Bleeding disorder
Leukaemias, Lymphomas
1. Physiological changes in pregnancy
2. Hyperemesis gravidarum
3. Pre-pregnancy counselling
4. Booking criteria for home deliveries
5. Antenatal care
6. HTN in pregnancy
7. DM in pregnancy
8. Prematurity – preterm labour
9. IVG retardation
10. APH and PPH
11. Prolapsed Cord
12. Fibroid uterus
13. DIC and thromboembolism
14. Cardiac diseases in pregnancy
15. Anaemia
16. Epilepsy in pregnancy
17. Functions of placenta


All those topics and only material that is written in Oxford handbook of medicine (blue pages in this book). Only this is enough for General Surgery, but you must know each word of this book material for surgery.


1. Breast feeding and bottle feeding – different milk preparations on the market
2. Preterm babies
3. Short stature
4. Coeliac disease
5. Malnutrition
6. UTI in childhood
7. Child abuse
8. Cystic fibrosis
9. Phenylketonuria
10. Measles, rubella and mumps
11. Congenital heart disease
12. Neural tube defects
13. Jaundice
14. Rh. Incompatibility
15. Childhood fever
16. Encephalitis, meningitis, febrile convulsions
17. Epilepsy
18. Children’s asthma


Only and Only
1. Oxford handbook of medicine
2. Oxford handbook of clinical specialities

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