The initial information given to the candidates was -
This station is mostly concerned with the pharmacology of drugs acting on the
gastrointestinal tract.
What is a prokinetic?
This viva explored the candidates’ knowledge in relation to the following points
Prokinetics, examples of prokinetics, mechanism of action, general pharmacology of
metoclopramide

GIT secretions
Laxatives, mechanism of action of lactulose
Octreotide, mechanism of action, general pharmacology, indications for use
Examination feedback: This is an important, and potentially overlooked, area of clinical ICU
practice. Candidates breadth and depth of knowledge for this important topic was lower than
expected. In particular was mechanism of action of prokinetics, laxatives (of which most of
the discussion centred around lactulose) and octreotide.