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ABC of Dermatology (ABC Series)
ABC of Dermatology (ABC Series)
by Paul K. Buxton
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for students, 16 April 2011
As a 4th year medical student at KCL, I found this book to be excellent. Its best features are:

-Its style, which is clear and suceeds in explaining dermatology in an easy to understand way.
-The pictures: good quality and size.
-Its scope. It is more than comprehensive for any medical school curriculum. I'm interested in dermatology so read the whole thing. For students who do not wish to read it cover to cover, there are chapter summary boxes that could help to guide them with selective reading.
-The 5th edition covers, among other topics, important developments in immunology and biological therapies.


Medical School Interviews: A Practical Guide to Help You Get That Place at Medical School - Over 150 Questions Analysed
Medical School Interviews: A Practical Guide to Help You Get That Place at Medical School - Over 150 Questions Analysed
by George Lee
Edition: Paperback

87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book, 14 Feb 2007
Having read a fair amount of advice on medical school interviews, this book really stands out as first rate. It contains extremely helpful information on what questions to expect, ranging from your motivation for and knowledge of a medical career, your personal experiences and transferable skills, to questions about the NHS and ethical dilemmas. The advice on the latter is very well informed and will save you countless hours trying to find the information yourself.

The scope of the book is very broad, suggesting answers to 151 questions, which of course is too much to retain in the memory. My advice is to concentrate on a core of about 20-30 questions, the perennial favourites that tend to feature in most interviews, so that you can answer them easily; but also make sure you have a reasonable background knowledge of the other questions, so that you're not caught out with nothing to say should they come up.

It should be stressed that this book is a guide, not a blueprint that you should regurgitate parrot-fashion. You'll need to read about medical stories in the news to stay up-to-date. You'll also need to work out your own answers to questions about your personal motivation and experiences. However, this book will provide you with excellent tips on how to structure your answers on these topics.

ISC Medical, the publishers of the book, also offer interview preparation courses for medical school applicants. I attended a one-on-one coaching session, which I found very useful. It was beneficial to have a mock interview with someone who wasn't a friend or family member, because it made the situation feel more formal, and therefore more like a proper interview. The person interviewing me also offered excellent feedback on my answers, which really helped to steer me in the right direction, and enabled me to put the finishing touches to the significant amount of preparation that I had done by this point.

I attended interviews at two medical school interviews and received offers from both. Neither this book or the interview skills sessions will guarantee you a place at medical school, but from my experience, they will guarantee you an improved performance.


Passing the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and BMAT (Student Guides to University Entrance)
Passing the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and BMAT (Student Guides to University Entrance)
by Felicity Taylor
Edition: Paperback

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Contains a few helpful pointers, 25 July 2006
The advice in this book on passing the UKCAT is fairly helpful, but it's only worth buying if you don't mind the fact that it's overpriced. Its main failing is that it doesn't offer enough practice material - only half of each test. It should offer 2 or 3 times as much material as the test in order to enable the reader to gain enough practice. The advice on the verbal and maths sections is poor compared to other study guides I've seen. Also, there's little guidance either on timing and test taking strategies.

I think the authors recognised the lack of practice material, hence their decision to crowbar a primer on the BMAT into the same volume, which suggests an attempt at padding out. There's already a book on the BMAT, which is superior to this new publication.


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