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Focused History Taking for OSCEs: A Comprehensive Guide for Medical Students (Masterpass) [Paperback]

David Mccollum , Graham Mccollum , Priha Shukla , Peter Mccollum
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12 Nov 2012 1846195810 978-1846195815 1

This straight-forward guide to taking patient history comprehensively covers all of the commonly seen OSCE scenarios within the current undergraduate medical curriculum.

Focused History Taking for OSCEs includes an introductory chapter with general OSCE guidance, including tips from recently qualified doctors and highly respected physicians and surgeons who commonly examine OSCEs.

It covers over 50 histories based on presenting complaints – more than any other text on the market – thoroughly testing both knowledge and examination technique. Each history is based around what the candidate is required to consider, with mnemonics and list-based breakdowns to aid prompt recall. It then concludes by outlining key aspects for each differential diagnosis as well as a list of investigations and management options.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd; 1 edition (12 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846195810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846195815
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Suitable as a revision and learning tool for students, but also as a teaching guide for clinicians, this textbook approaches each clinical scenario in a systematic and appropriately structured fashion - working from first principles with common presenting complainrs as sub-chapters within each speciality, then discussing a list of potential differentials for each complaint - guaranteeting enough information to impress in a clinical environment. A definite addition to any medical students bookshelf.' Aidan Bannon and Dr Gerry Gormley, Ulster Medical Journal

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David McCollum, Graham McCollum, Priha Shukla and Peter McCollum are, respectively, Foundation Year One Doctor, University Hospital of South Manchester Foundation Trust; Foundation Year One Doctor, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust; Foundation Year Two Doctor, University Hospital of South Manchester/The Christie NHS Foundation Trusts; Professor of Vascular Surgery, Honorary Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Hull York Medical School /Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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I have been involved in the construction and modernization of Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE) for postgraduate students for the Membership Exams in Surgery of the Royal Surgical Colleges (MRCS), I was past chairman 2008-2011 of the exam board responsible for the distribution and quality control of this exam. This book on focused history taking for OSCE is useful and well written. It could do with a few more diagrams to illustrate some points. However it would be useful as a revision guide for the undergraduate students and make a good foundation for the MRCS exams later. It would not be useful for postgraduate students. The orthopaedic section is a bit brief and should cover more on joint examinations. Overall its a good value for money book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would thoroughly recommend 16 Dec 2012
By Paul S
Covers pretty much all the histories I wanted help with as a 5th year med student as well as a few I hadn't thought of! Easy to read and gives good guidance about important parts of the histories without going into too much unnecessary detail. As a slight negative I thought it could do with more illustrations to complement the text but overall extremely satisfied and would thoroughly recommend for any medical students, particularly those in clinical years. I feel more prepared and confident for any histories and communication stations in my finals in January now
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best history taking book on the market 19 May 2014
By DrAbs
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Tried many before I purchased this one, simply an excellent book that is invaluable before finals. The presentation of the differentials for each condition is extremely helpful.
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If you are looking for a title that will assist you in taking histories in the OSCE examination then look no further than this title. It is concise and to the point covering all the major medicine, surgery and specialities presentations that you could expect to encounter in the OSCE setting.

Advantages are that you are given a list of key questions that you would need to ask for that presenting feature, following this you are then informed of; important points, main differentials & the management options for this condition.

The disadvantages of this title it could be said is that there are no practice histories for a student to use to practice undertaking these skills that are being explained to them. Additionally there are no images within the text though in many ways these are not needed.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a title that will specifically really help you to gain an understanding of the history taking & recording component of the exam then this title is ideal. The title stays true to it's purpose not giving you excessive detail but informing you of all the pertinent features you should be aware of. Why not see if your library has a copy or get one for yourself?

Competing Interests - Student Reviewer - Received gratis copy of this title at the time of review (returned later)
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