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Core Clinical Skills for OSCEs in Medicine Paperback – 20 Jul 2006
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Highly Commended - BMA Awards 2007 "I intended to buy this book having used its previous edition on many occasions. Thankfully the BMA must have read my mind and provided me with this truly invaluable resource."I would definitely recommend this book. It is well-structured and comprehensive, and systematically breaks down every aspect of the OSCE. Although this book is not a replacement for clinical examination books, it is a good overview that can be skimmed through. What I like about it is it can put you at ease, as having read through it you feel a lot more prepared and know what to expect. It is definitely the book to read in the run up to an OSCE!Medical Student, Edinburgh University, UK ...user-friendly and well indexed, making it easy to dip-into whenever one needs to...The authors are experienced OSCE examiners themselves and provide the reader with a host of useful "top-tips" in approaching the examinations, from exam preparation through to common exam mistakes and how to avoid them!...pitched at just the right level for clinical medical students and as a practical guide to core clinical skills it has succeeded in delivering the goods. Medical Student, Leicester University, UK I was very impressed with this book. It covers all components of final year OSCE and suggests useful tactics for dealing with the various types of assessments the student may be asked to perform...It also addresses the communication aspects of the OSCE clearly demonstrating where students may lose easy marks in an OSCE. It suggests some questions that examiners may ask and is excellent preparation for the real life OSCE...I would definitely recommend this book. Medical Student, University College London, UK
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While most of the important topics are covered, surgical topics are missing (for that you'll have to get Ged Byrne's new "Core Clinical Skills for OSCEs in Surgery.") Furthermore the lack of a mark scheme in some topics does make it less helpful than it could have been - for that I have found the Pastest OSCE books are superior.
However for Manchester students, this and its equivalent surgical book mentioned above are must buys as they written by the heads of the Manchester Medical School (O'Neill is head of the Medical School, Byrne is Dean of South sector and Dorland is Dean of Salford sector). As a result it gives a guide of what the Manchester examiners are looking for.
In summary: this and its surgical counterpart are essential for Manchester students and helpful for students with similar courses. However I think they should be supplemented with the Pastest OSCE books. I know its exensive but there's no reason for a few of you to get together and share them.
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