The Unofficial Guide to Passing OSCEs

The Unofficial Guide to Passing OSCEs

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Editor-in-chief Zeshan Qureshi

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  • Publisher: Zeshan Qureshi
  • Format: Paperback | 292 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 296mm x 16mm | 1,460g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Essex
  • ISBN 10: 0957149905
  • ISBN 13: 9780957149908
  • Edition: 3
  • Edition statement: 3rd edition
  • Illustrations note: 300 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 14,741

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OSCE examinations are used worldwide as a critical part of medical student assessment, yet there is often little preparation for them provided by medical schools. The Unofficial Guide to Passing OSCEs is intended to fill this gap. It includes over 100 scenarios, covering medical history taking, clinical examination, practical skills, communication skills, plus specialties, meaning that everything is covered in one place. To bring the cases to life, over 300 full color clinical photos are included, including patients with features of important diseases. It also includes clear outlines of how to relay the assessment of a patient to an examiner or to other doctors on a ward round, and model answers to common questions put to students/junior doctors in OSCEs. This book has relevance beyond examinations, for post graduate further education and as a day-to-day reference for professionals.

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Zeshan Qureshi is a Paediatrician based at Great Ormond Street and the Institute of Child Health. He graduated with distinction from the university of Southampton, and has published and presented research work extensively and internationally in the fields of pharmacology and medical education. Whilst working in Edinburgh he was part of the leadership team developing a near peer teaching programme, where by junior doctors, throughout south east scotland, were both trained to teach, and delivered teaching across every hospital in the area. This book is an extension of this philosophy: that junior doctors and fresh graduates know how to express complex ideas in order for it to be easily understood from a students perspective. That junior doctors can teach, and write in a complimentary way to senior doctors: one that is friendly and fun, easy to read and relevant to both exams, and the day to day to life of junior doctors.

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By Victoria Rizzo 11 Apr 2012 5

This is a really great book for all those students currently studying medicine. It's well-structured and has a stepwise approach to history-taking and clinical examinations in various scenarios with clear pictures of clinical signs in real patients. It's concise yet has everything, including a number of speciality subjects such as paediatrics, orthopaedics, psychiatry and others. It has a knack of tackling complex topics in not only a clear and understandable manner, but also an attractive one. Furthermore it has extremely useful information about the skills required to interpret clinical findings on ECG, X-ray, fundoscopy etc, which you will find indispensable once you start clinical years! All complimented with tit-bits of experience, tips and case-studies from a number of professionals and other medical students.

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"The chapters are clearly written, in simple language that should appeal to students and reflect the fact that the authors themselves have recently been OSCE candidates. They are all part of what I believe is a genuine re-invigoration of the art of teaching amongst junior medical staff." -- Simon Maxwell, Professor of Student Learning "This book is amazing and I don't think I would have passed my exams without it" -- Cath Roels, Medical Student

Table of contents

Chapter 1: History Taking (1.1 Cardiovascular History: Chest Pain, 1.2 Respiratory History: Productive Cough, 1.3 Gastrointestinal History: Abdominal Pain, 1.4 Gastrointestinal History: Diarrhoea, 1.5 Neurological History: Headache, 1.6 Vascular History: Intermittent Claudication, 1.7 Orthopaedic History: Back Pain, 1.8 Haematology History, 1.9 Breast History, 1.10 Genitourinary Medicine: Sexual History, 1.11 Genitourinary Medicine: Vaginal Discharge) Chapter 2: Clinical Examination (2.1 Cardiovascular Examination, 2.2 Respiratory Examination, 2.3 Cranial Nerves Examination, 2.4 Upper Limb Neurological Examination, 2.5 Lower Limb Neurological Examination, 2.6 Cerebellar Examination, 2.7 Parkinson's Examination, 2.8 Gastrointestinal Examination, 2.9 Hernia Examination, 2.10 Testicular Examination, 2.11 Stoma Examination, 2.12 Rectal Examination, 2.13 Peripheral Arterial Examination, 2.14 Varicose Veins Examination, 2.15 Ulcer Examination, 2.16 Neck Lumps Examination, 2.17 Breast Examination, 2.18 Dermatology Examination, 2.19 Cushing's Syndrome Examination, 2.20 Acromegaly Examination, 2.21 Thyroid Examination, 2.22 Haematology Examination, 2.23 Eye Examination, 2.24 Ear Examination, 2.25 Newborn Baby Examination, Chapter 3: Orthopaedic Examinations (3.1 Thoraco-Lumbar Spine Examination 3.2 Cervical Spine Examination 3.3 Hand Examination 3.4 Shoulder Examination 3.5 Hip Examination 3.6 Knee Examination 3.7 Gait, Arms, Legs and Spine (GALS) Screening) Chapter 4: Communication Skills (4.1 Consent for Endoscopy 4.2 Consent for HIV Testing 4.3 Autopsy Consent 4.4 Consent for Hernia Repair 4.5 Blood Transfusion 4.6 Warfarin Counselling 4.7 Opiate Counselling 4.8 Lifestyle Advice Post Myocardial Infarction 4.9 Dealing with an Agitated Patient 4.10 Breaking Bad News) Chapter 5: Practical Skills (5.1 Intermediate Life Support, 5.2 Phlebotomy, 5.3 Intravenous Cannulation/Setting Up a Giving Set, 5.4 Male Urethral Catheterisation, 5.5 Urinalysis, 5.6 ECG Interpretation, 5.7 Fundoscopy, 5.8 Death Certification, 5.9 Instruments, 5.10 Suturing) Chapter 6. Radiology (6.1 Chest X-ray, 6.2 Abdominal X-ray, 6.3 Orthopaedic X-ray) Chapter 7: Obstetrics and Gynaecology(7.1 Placenta Praevia, 7.2 Breech Presentation, 7.3 Consent for Caesarean Section, 7.4 Antepartum Haemorrhage, 7.5 Obstetric Examination, 7.6 Anxious Pregnant Woman, 7.7 Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill, 7.8 Emergency Contraception, 7.9 Cervical Smear Counselling) Chapter 8: Psychiatry (8.1 Alcohol History, 8.2 Depression, 8.3 Mania History, 8.4 Post-Natal Depression History, 8.5 Suicide Risk Assessment, 8.6 Schizophrenia History, 8.7 Mental State Examination, 8.8 Cognitive Examination) Chapter 9: Paediatrics (9.1 A Crying Baby, 9.2 Febrile Convulsions, 9.3 Wheeze, 9.4 Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1), 9.5 Non Accidental Injury, 9.6 MMR Vaccination, 9.7 Cystic Fibrosis, 9.8 Down Syndrome, 9.9 Asthma - Peak Flow, 9.10 Asthma - Inhaler Technique) Chapter 10: Prescribing (10.1 Acute Left Ventricular Failure, 10.2 Acute Myocardial Infarction, 10.3 Acute Exacerbation of COPD, 10.4 Acute Exacerbation of Asthma, 10.5 Hyperkalemia, 10.6 Bowel Obstruction, 10.7 Abdominal Sepsis, 10.8 Acute Upper GI Bleed, 10.9 Diabetic Ketoacidosis, 10.10 Discharge Prescribing, 10.11 Analgesia) Chapter 11: Critical Appraisal (Writing an Abstract, 11.2 The Manuscript, 11.3 Application of Results to the Patient) Chapter 12: Hospital Letters (12.1 Transfer Letter, 12.2 Referral Letter, 12.3 Discharge Letter)