MLA Revision Guide – Forward


My preparation for my FRCEM (Fellowship of the College of Emergency Medicine) examination was a fairly long process of information gathering in order to develop a set of notes to work from for the SAQ, and scripts for the OSCE which I used to practice, practice, practice! 

After publishing the FRCEM Revision Guide, we decided to edit and amend it for medical students to be able to use as posrt of the new Medical Licensing Assessment, after all Emergency Medicine does really cover almost all of medicine so it should be of some use!

Often, I think, we fail to appreciate the time required to gain the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to pass the medical examinations at whatever stage we are at, and whilst everyone has different approaches to revision I found it really useful to try and gather everything in one place. There are a number of excellent resources available, I think a one that attempts to gather all the information, or the links at least, in one place and focuses on the approach and technique needed to hopefully pass the exam will be a useful addition, and this is what we have aimed to do by developing this guide.

Everything you need is accessible from the interactive contents page.

Lastly, I am just one person, if there are areas or topics that you feel haven’t been covered please email me at: [email protected]

Good luck!


April 2021

Note from Professor Simon Carley, Editor in Chief. St Emlyn’s Blog and Podcast

We are absolutely thrilled that Trudie has allowed us to share this incredible resource on St Emlyn’s. As you use it you will realise the huge amount of work that she has singlehandedly done to make this guide as comprehensive and usable as possible: 11 Chapters, 37 individual OSCE station guides and hundreds of links to other resources.

When Trudie first shared her draft of the FRCEM Revision Guide with us we discussed how she might like to take it forward: as a printed publication; a paid for e-book; or as #FOAMed content. Her reply was instantaneous – whatever will make sure the most people are able to access it. When we discussed amending it for undergraduates preparing for the MLA she was equally enthusiastic.

We hope you find this guide useful. Although the MLA is likely a few years away this guide will be a valuable resource for any medical school examination you are sitting.


Cite this article as: Iain Beardsell, "MLA Revision Guide – Forward," in St.Emlyn's, April 12, 2021,