Viva 2

This Viva will examine your knowledge about temperature and drugs that may affect temperature

Q 1. Outline the mechanisms by which the body controls temperature

The majority of candidates did well on this viva. Candidates were expected to know physiological mechanisms associated with defending against temperature fluctuations, sites of measurement of temperature, differences between sites, how NSAIDs reduced a fever and mechanisms of adverse effects associated with NSAIDs. Areas of weakness were failure to mention diurnal variation, thermoneutral zone and differences associated with neonates, newborns and children.