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What do GP trainees need to know?

In addition to referring to the GP curriculum to give guidance on what GP trainees need to know, the AKT (Applied Knowledge Test) content guide provides a useful reference of knowledge. It is divided into three sections:

Section 1 - Clinical Medicine  

  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Digestive problems including nutrition
  • Ear, nose and throat and facial problems
  • Eye problems
  • Genetics
  • Haematology problems
  • Immunology problems
  • Infectious diseases
  • Intellectual and learning disabilities
  • Mental health problems
  • Alcohol and substance misuse problems
  • Metabolic and endocrine problems
  • Musculo-skeletal problems including trauma
  • Neurological problems
  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics
  • Renal problems
  • Respiratory problems
  • Sexual health overlapping with
    • Men’s health
    • Women’s health
  • Skin problems
  • Children and young people


Section 2 – Research, statistics and epidemiology

Section 3 – Administration, ethical and regulatory frameworks

The content guide in full can be found on the RCGP website here

RCGP Applied Knowledge Test

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