We are London GP trainees who have been through the same process you are about to face. Our courses aim to help prospective GP trainees get the best marks possible by preparing them for the biggest hurdles that those taking the exams usually face.
Our vow to you, is you will be taught by those who have excelled in GP examinations. As such, the CSA will be covered by GP’s who have not only passed the CSA first time but have a tried and tested approach with our actors who have previously worked on the real CSA exam. The AKT will be covered by doctors who not only scored at least more than 10% average compared to the pass-mark set by the RCGP in that year, but also more than 80% average in each of the 3 AKT sections. The Stage 2 Full day Course is taught by doctors who gained direct entry (top 10%) and likewise the Stage 3 session is taught by those who scored full marks at the simulation centre and gained entry onto their first choice London deanery GPVTS.. The Stage 2 is taught by doctors who gained direct entry (top 10%) and stage 3 is taught by those who scored full marks at the simulation center.
Likewise, the second part of our GP entry course tackles the stage 3 selection centre scenarios and written exercises, a common hurdle which a lot of candidates fall short due to lack of preparation. The 3 scenarios and written prioritisation tasks will be covered by GP registrars who have gained full marks in those separate sections and gained entry onto their first choice London deanery.
Dr Sujeen Chandramoorthy is a one of the course tutors who will be focusing on covering all aspects of the AKT and Stage 3 selection centre. He scored very highly in the AKT surpassing well over 80% average as well as 100% in the Statistics section which is an area that a lot of trainee’s struggle with. As a result, he has played a huge part in constructing the new GPST Courses AKT question bank, concentrating on key topics that are repeated in the AKT. He also scored very highly in the Stage 3 written prioritisation exercises and the interview scenarios which allowed him to receive his offer of GPVTS in London, Whipps Cross. Sujeen graduated from St Georges University of London in 2010 in Biomedical sciences where his final thesis was published. He then attended Hull York Medical School in 2015 (MBBS) and completed his foundation years in the Birmingham deanery. He has been involved in multiple teaching events, quality assurances projects, publications and an international audit. He has also been a medical school interviewer at two different institutions. During GP training he has completed a PGCERT diploma in teaching from Queen Mary’s University and is due to complete his certificate in diabetes training from Warwick University.
Dr Laleesh Chandramoorthy is one of the course tutors who will be covering teaching on the selection centre interview scenarios and AKT. He scored almost full marks in every single aspect of the scenarios which allowed him to gain entry to the GPVTS scheme in London, Romford. He has also completed the AKT exam and will be assisting in the feedback of mock exam in the AKT sessions.
Laleesh graduated from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and has finished his foundation years in the Yorkshire deanery before accepting his GPVTS London training programme. He has organised and participated in teaching throughout his foundation years and has been on the official interviewing panel for prospective medical students at Barts.
Candidates who enrol onto the course will gain Laleesh’s specific technique of tackling each scenario. He says ‘‘There is a method to preparing these scenarios because the 3 simulated situations do not change; a consultation with a patient, relative and non-medical colleague. With the right coaching and approach there is no reason why you cannot gain full marks in the interview exercises and entry into your first-choice deanery.’’ Laleesh has completed a certificate in Learning and Teaching at Queen Mary’s University and it set to complete his certificate in diabetes training from Warwick University soon
Dr Aniruthan Renukanthan is one of our course tutors, who will be covering teaching on the clinical problem solving and professional dilemmas aspects of the Multi-specialty recruitment assessment (MSRA). Aniruthan came in the top section of MSRA results, which enabled him to receive a direct offer for GP training without needing to sit to stage 3. He also attained a place on the Academic General Practice training programme (St Georges) but opted to complete his training under the Royal Free GP VTS Training scheme. He has completed the AKT and scored on average more than 80% in the 3 sections of the AKT exam.
He graduated from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2015 with distinctions. He was awarded the Arthur Burrows Prize in 2014 for top achievement in the locomotor module. He has also completed an intercalated degree in Molecular Therapeutics (undertaking research in cardiovascular pharmacology) and attained this in 2012 with 1st Class honors.
For foundation training, he attained a place in the North Central Thames London Deanery. He has completed a range of rotations at Whittington hospital (FY1) and North Middlesex hospital (FY2), including experience in A&E, microbiology, orthopedics. These greatly contribute to his knowledge base of clinical cases encountered in the MSRA. He has played an active role in teaching/medical education throughout his foundation years and assisted in OSCE teaching and providing mock OSCES for medical students.
Dr Ravi Brar is one of the CSA course tutors. He graduated from Kings College London with a Merit and went onto to do his Foundation Years in Ipswich. On receiving offers to pursue Surgery and General Practice, he decided Community Care was where his interest lay. He gained entry to the GPVTS scheme in London, Ilford, which he has now completed. Throughout his University and Foundation training years, he has organised and participated in medical education, providing mock OSCEs as well as presenting at local and international conferences.
Having done the CSA within 3 months of starting ST3, he ranked amongst the top 25% in the country. Passing the exam early enabled him to go on to develop his interest in becoming a portfolio GP. As a trainee, he divulged into the local CCG as well as minor surgery and joint injections, which he still continues to do. In addition to this, he now also splits his time as a Salaried Doctor with a Federation, works in Dermatology at The Royal Free Hospital and completing the PGDip at Queen Mary University.
His focus is to remove the myths surrounding the CSA and cover techniques that allowed him to successfully navigate the exam with less than 3 months of revision.
Dr Hussain graduated from St George’s University of London in 2007 obtaining merit in the medical sciences. He also completed a BSc in clinical neuroscience. He has trained in various parts of London and completed his specialist training in General Practice in East London. This has allowed him to broaden his experiences having worked with a multiple of differing patient groups. He has an interest in Paediatrics and has obtained diplomas in Child Health and in Obstetrics and Gynaecology along the way. He currently works as a GP Fellow in Dermatology.
Dr Hussain also has an interest in medical education and teaching. He is an examiner for the UCL medical undergraduates and has been trained in providing feedback. He values the importance of reflective practice and how it can be used as a tool to facilitate learning and self improvement.
He is a GPST Courses CSA tutor having completed the CSA himself, achieving in the top quartile.