The initial information given to the candidates was -
This station will explore the pharmacology related to analgesic medications.
How will you classify non opioid analgesic agents?
This viva explored the candidates’ knowledge in relation to the following points
Classification of non opioids, mechanism of actions of non opioids
Classification of opioids, mechanism of action, some aspects of their general
pharmacology, contrasting fentanyl and morphine, tolerance to opioids
Examination feedback: Generally candidates performed better at classifying non opioids in
comparison to the opioids. There was also a lack of depth and breadth in knowledge related
to opioid receptors