MLA Revision Guide – Forward


Iain Beardsell – Revision Guide Editor

In 2020 we published our guide to preparing for the Fellowship of Emergency Medicine (FRCEM) examination. After publishing the FRCEM Revision Guide, we decided to edit and amend it for medical students to be able to use as part of the new Medical Licensing Assessment, after all Emergency Medicine does really cover almost all of medicine so it should be of some use!

We are really grateful to Trudie Pestell and Nick Smith for the huge contributions to this project; Trudie’s work provides the main backbone of the content, with Nick’s superb inforgraphics and videos complementing it perfectly. I am also grateful to our volunteer medical student (and recent graduated medical students) for checking through the content for relevance.

In acute care (St Emlyn’s particular area of interest) there is also our ‘Undergraduate Curriculum‘, with suggestions for learning objectives and links to great FOAMed (Free Open Access Medical Education) resources

Although the full implementation of the Medical Licensing Assessment is some time away, medical schools across the UK will be using the next few sittings to adapt to the new requirements and this guide will be relevant to you if you are doing Medical School Finals.

We really hope that this guide will help you prepare for your exams. PLease do let us know about any corrections or amendments you would like to see.

All best,


Trudie Pestell – Main Contributing Author

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 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.

Good luck!


January 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.