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Medical Emergencies

Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme


This is an online modular course presented as a series of recorded one-hour modules, with access released on a rolling monthly basis. Each module, involving a separate specialty theme, will involve case based discussions with a variety of guest speakers.

Slides covering the content are provided, and a short series of MCQs based on the content covered are completed in order to complete the module. The themes covered within each module will be changed on an annual basis.

Note: This CPD course is divided into eight self-contained modules released on a monthly basis. Each module is worth one CPD point and leads to a certificate of completion.

Course lead

  • Dr Nigel Salter


Each module is completed in three steps:

Review the learning materials
Your first task is to have a look at the learning materials for the module. Each module features: an interview with an expert guest, introducing you to a specialty topic in emergency medicine; and a follow-up lecture by Dr Nigel Salter (slides provided). Secondary resources are also provided to increase your understanding of the topic. These are optional — however, it is strongly recommended that you have a look at these to increase your understanding of the topic

Test your knowledge with the module quiz
Next, you must complete a short MCQ quiz. To pass the module, you must answer all questions on the quiz correctly. There's no time limit on the quiz, and you can attempt it as many times as you need.

Download your CPD certificate
Finally, when you have reviewed all the module materials and successfully completed the quiz, you will be able to download your CPD certificate.


Module  Description
Endocrine and Metabolic Medicine With a focus on hyperglycaemia, we discuss the diagnosis and management of decompensated diabetes, and review more recent diabetic drug regimens and their potential side effects. 
Neurology The differential diagnosis for an acute severe headache in an Emergency Department, and how to risk stratify and investigate for suspected subarachnoid haemorrhage.
Cardiology Risk stratification techniques and algorithms for investigation of suspected acute coronary syndrome, including scoring systems and the role of high sensitivity troponins.
Respiratory A review the management of obstructive airways disease, including acute severe life-threatening asthma and infective exacerbations of COPD. Non-invasive ventilation and basic invasive ventilator strategies and complications are also reviewed.
Critical Care Medicine The principles of recognising and managing sepsis and septic shock are reviewed. We will discuss Emergency Department-applicable strategies for optimising cardiac output, including the use of 'push-dose pressors', inotropic agents and vasopressors.
Infectious Diseases and Gastroenterology A review of current recommendations for assessment and management of needle-stick and sharps injuries, sexual exposure and human bites where there is a risk of bloodborne viruses and other infectious diseases. We discuss a strategy for classifying sexually transmitted infections.
Dermatology and Rheumatology A strategy for the assessment and description of rashes in the Emergency Depertment. We review differentials and management strategies for erythroderma, cellulitis mimics, and blistering eruptions including Stephens Johnson’s syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis.
Haematology and Oncology Venous thrombosis assessment and management, as well as management of bleeding in patients on anticoagulation.