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Crash Course:  OSCEs in Medicine and Surgery by [Bhangu, Aneel]
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Crash Course: OSCEs in Medicine and Surgery 3rd ed. , Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17803 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
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  • Publisher: Mosby Ltd.; 3rd ed. edition (31 Dec. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070TZ60I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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I bought this based on the fantastic reviews on amazon. Finals approaching and I wanted a concise study aid for the OSCE. The book looks good and is easy to read. The scope is impressive from a quick scan of the index and a flick through. That is where the good stuff ends.

This book is awful. I have read 1 and a half chapters this evening and with all respect to the authors and editors it looks like it was quickly put together.

It is full of mistakes, contradictions and half explanations for simple things. Take for instance the definition of central cyanosis on page 50...' <5g/dl Hb' ??? This is worrying as it is close enough to the real definition to be believed if you are reading casually or have just heard the definition long ago but forgotten it. There are other cases where the < or > are the wrong way around. There were also some contradictions from one page to the next in the respiratory signs section. I am sending it back immediately as I do not want to pick up any bad info.

Its a shame as the way it is set out and the general OSCE stuff is really good, with lots of tips and ideas about common cases. Totally let down by (what looks like) poor proof reading.
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Crash course OSCEs in medicine and surgery - I wish I'd got this years ago! It makes everything so simple and explains what examination findings actually mean. There are handy tables that explain what your doing, what eg: `nerves and muscles' your testing by doing that and simple instructions you can give the patient to explain what you want them to do - so you can look like you've been practising for weeks even if you only learnt the examination the day before the OSCE! Chapters start with possible conditions you could see in the exam then work through the examination with handy comments on etiquette of performing some exams and how to position yourself in relation to the patient when doing certain examinations. They usually finish with a suggestion of how to present your findings to the examiner and what investigations you might want to order. This is all you need to pass all your OSCEs with flying colours and a MUST HAVE in my opinion!
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The author states in the introduction that the key to passing the OSCE is preparation. Although nowadays it feels like OSCEs have been around forever, they are relatively modern. They were introduced in order to standardise examinations between medical schools and make stations more fair for different candidates. Finals cover all different kinds of specialities. With obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics and psychiatry, it is reasonably easy to anticipate what will come up in OSCEs. There are a fairly finite number of stations which can possibly come up, so it is a good strategy to make a list of them and practise them. With Medicine and Surgery, it is more tricky. As the book states in the title, it aims to prepare the reader for stations in Medicine and Surgery stations, rather than specialities. Reading comes with a sense of relief as potential topics are broken down into areas and become less threatening. Advice is given about every aspect, from arranging clinical sessions in preparation to generic OSCE skills. The book is rounded off with example MCQs, SAQs and EMQs. The book's main strength is its unambiguous clarity in stating the best approach to a patient. Sections begin with possible cases, explain what to expect, state how to perform the examination and then gives example questions. This is a great resource to be used in conjuction with going to the ward and examining patients.
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At first glance I doubted that this book could fulfil its objectives, which are "to provide everything you could be asked in the OSCE exam in one place". Well, it does that - and more. As is so often the case in books with similar aims, this book is not a monotonous collection of lists. It provides concise, straight talking and genuine advice prepared by junior doctors on what you need to know in your OSCE exam. It doesn't simply give the "what" (ie. What to look for in examinations, what to ask about in the history) but also the "why". Why ask about diuretic therapy in the neurological exam? Why examine the conjunctivae in the respiratory exam? It gives advice on how to prepare for an OSCE as well as a system by system breakdown of the most common OSCE cases to expect and how you should approach them. This includes information on how to perform the history, examinations, clinical procedures and investigations for each system, as well as a miscellaneous sections for common titbits that don't fit in elsewhere, such as the causes of clubbing and how to examine a diabetic patient. Overall it's a hugely valuable book for revision and for use during the clinical course to supplement experiences from clerking real patients. I'll use it over and over again throughout my clinical years.
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Extremely useful textbook containing examination schemes for all of the potential OSCE stations in both medicine and surgery.
Each chapter covers a different system. There are the salient points to ask in a history. Then there is a detailed examination scheme including: relevant anatomy; all the clinical manifestations to look for and their causes with useful diagrams where appropriate.
There is also other info relevant to the system e.g. recording and interpreting ECGs in the cardiovascular examination chapter.
Loads of the chapters include marking sheets which examiners use so you know what they are looking for.
Lots of hints and tips to help you pass whatever clnical year you're in!
Buy it!!!
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