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Clinical Skills for Medical Students


Clinical Skills for Medical Students covers virtually all the skills that are taught and examined at medical school.

The clear and concise text, attractive layout, and numerous tables and figures make it very easy for medical students, junior trainees, and other healthcare professionals to prepare for clinical examinations and/or succeed in clinical practice.

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Clinical Skills for Medical Students covers virtually all the skills that are taught and examined at medical school.

The clear and concise text, attractive layout, and numerous tables and figures make it very easy for medical students, junior trainees, and other healthcare professionals to prepare for clinical examinations and/or succeed in clinical practice.

Key features include:

* Step-by-step instructions for a broad range of clinical skills;
* Detailed coverage of difficult areas such as blood transfusion and orthopedic examinations;
* Detailed coverage of the medical conditions that are most likely to come up in clinical exams;
* Special boxes headed ‘Junior Resident’s Tips’ and ‘Senior Resident’s Questions’ to focus attention on important or frequently examined areas;
* Evidence-based approach with likelihood ratios published alongside key clinical findings;
* A hints and tips section to maximize exam performance.

Clinical Skills for Medical Students will make your life easier and save you a lot of time.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Duane T Brandau, BA, MA,DO,PhD(Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Description: This is the U.S. adaptation of the publisher's Clinical Skills for OSCEs, 4th edition, Burton (2011). It covers general skills and procedures as well as the history and physical exam, organized around individual systems. Chapters are laid out in an easy-to-read outline form.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a concise description of history taking and the physical exam as well as general clinical skills such as venipuncture, nasogastric intubation, etc., needed by medical students as they proceed into clinical training. A concise, easy to read book on these topics is welcome. Overall, the authors have accomplished their objectives.
Audience: The audience is medical students entering their clinical training. The straightforward approach and clearly written and illustrated text is appropriate for this audience.
Features: The book covers in detail all of the relevant skills and procedures required of medical students in their first year of clinical training. The detail includes all ages from the neonate to the geriatric patient. Chapters use an outline layout as well as highlighting in different colors, making it easy to navigate to specific topics.
Assessment: This is a good addition to the how-to books in the area of basic clinical skills and procedures. It is comprehensive yet concise and has the advantage of being small, allowing it to fit in a coat pocket for easy reference. The formatting makes finding specific sections very straightforward.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904842729
  • Publisher: Scion Publishing Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgment x

Tips for clinical exams xi

I General Skills and Procedures

1 Hand washing 1

2 Scrubbing up for the operating room 3

3 Venepuncture/phlebotomy 5

4 Peripheral intravenous access and setting up an infusion 7

5 Blood transfusion 10

6 Intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intradermal drug injection 12

7 Blood pressure measurement 14

8 PEFR meter explanation 16

9 Metered dose inhaler explanation 18

10 Drug administration via a nebulizer 19

11 Nasogastric intubation 21

12 Male catheterization 23

13 Female catheterization 25

14 Wound suturing 27

II Cardiovascular and Respiratory Medicine

15 Chest pain history 29

16 Cardiovascular risk assessment 32

17 Cardiovascular examination 34

18 Peripheral vascular system examination 39

19 Volume status examination 42

20 Ankle-brachial pressure index (ABPI) 44

21 Shortness of breath history 46

22 Respiratory system examination 49

III GI Medicine and Urology

23 Abdominal pain history 55

24 Abdominal examination 58

25 Rectal examination 64

26 Hernia examination 66

27 Urological history 69

28 Male genitalia examination 71

IV Neurology

29 History of headaches 73

30 History of collapse 76

31 Cranial nerve examination 79

32 Motor system of the upper limbs examination 84

33 Sensory system of the upper limbs examination 87

34 Motor system of the lower limbs examination 89

35 Sensory system of the lower limbs examination 92

36 Gait, co-ordination, and cerebellar function examination 94

37 Speech assessment 97

V Psychiatry

38 General psychiatric history 100

39 Mental state examination 103

40 Depression history 108

41 Suicide risk assessment 110

42 Alcohol history 111

43 Eating disorders history 114

44 Capacity and its assessment 116

VI ENT, Ophthalmology, and Dermatology

45 Hearing and the ear examination 117

46 Vision and the eye examination (including fundoscopy) 122

47 Smell and the nose examination 126

48 Lump in the neck examination 128

49 Dermatological history 131

50 Dermatological examination 133

51 Advice on sun protection 136

52 Examination of a superficial mass and of lymph nodes 137

VII Pediatrics and Geriatrics

53 Pediatric history 140

54 Developmental assessment 142

55 Neonatal examination 145

56 The six-week surveillance review 149

57 Pediatric examination: cardiovascular system 151

58 Pediatric examination: respiratory system 155

59 Pediatric examination: abdomen 158

60 Pediatric examination: gait and neurological function 161

61 Geriatric history 163

62 Geriatric physical examination 165

VIII Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Sexual Health

63 Obstetric history 167

64 Examination of the pregnant woman 170

65 Gynecological history 173

66 Gynecological (bimanual) examination 176

67 Cervical smear test and liquid based cytology test 178

68 Breast history 181

69 Breast examination 184

70 Sexual history and HIV risk assessment 187

71 Condom explanation 191

72 Combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) explanation 193

73 Pessaries and suppositories explanation 196

IX Orthopedics and Rheumatology

74 Rheumatological history 198

75 The GALS screening examination 202

76 Hand and wrist examination 205

77 Elbow examination 208

78 Shoulder examination 209

79 Spinal examination 212

80 Hip examination 215

81 Knee examination 218

82 Ankle and foot examination 221

X Pain Control

83 Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) explanation 224

84 Epidural analgesia explanation 225

XI Communication Skills

85 Explaining skills 227

86 Obtaining consent 230

87 Breaking bad news 231

88 The angry patient or relative 232

89 The anxious or upset patient or relative 233

90 Cross-cultural communication 234

91 Discharge planning and negotiation 235

Appendix: Statistics 236

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